Aaron Judge rookie cards were among the most popular gems in the hobby before they even existed!

Say what?

It’s true … sort of.

See, in this modern hobby of ours, “rookie card” has a pretty specific (if convoluted) meaning — basically, it’s the first card of a player in a given standalone base set (not an insert, in other words) that’s issued after he reaches the highest level of competition (the Major Leagues, in Judge’s case).

Starting in 2006, Topps took things a step further by slapping the “RC” label on cards that met those criteria, plus showing the player in his big league uniform.

Based on all that, Aaron Judge‘s own rookie cards were slated for release in various 2017 sets, owing to his debut with the Yankees in August of 2016.

The thing is, though, Judge was the Yankees’ first-round pick back in the 2013 MLB Draft, which heaped a generous portion of attention on him right away. His huge 6’7″ frame and monster power potential didn’t hurt in that regard, either.

By the end of 2013, Panini, Bowman, and Leaf had already pumped several variations of Judge “prospect” and “draft” cards into the market, even though none of them qualified as true rookie cards.

The situation only intensified as Judge climbed the minor league ladder, and when he hit home runs in each of his first two games with the Bombers in 2016, the market for his cards was officially hot.

All before even one Aaron Judge “rookie card” ever saw the light of day.

Of course, Judge rocketed from mere young star to bona fide supernova the next summer (2017) when he hit 52 home runs to break the rookie record previously held by Mark McGwire (and topped — at 53 — by Pete Alonso of the Mets in 2019).

That total led the American League, though it fell short of future teammate Giancarlo Stanton‘s 59 with the Miami Marlins.

But his monster season landed Judge the American League Rookie of the Year Award and left him second (to Jose Altuve) in MVP voting.

And, oh yeah — Judge’s breakout cemented him as a hobby darling with all of his “rookie cards” skyrocketing through the summer and fall … semantics be darned!

Now, several years into his career, All Rise has experienced some ups and downs, but has also proven his status as one of the best hitters in the game, an All-Star, a Yankee favorite … and a hobby favorite.

His continued sway with collectors is conspicuous in the action and interest his cards see whenever they appear for sale, as evidenced by the following list of the most watched Aaron Judge rookie cards on eBay right now — updated every few minutes, so check back often!

Also: Check out the rest of our series listing the Hottest Baseball Cards on eBay.

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2017 Topps Chrome Refractor Aaron Judge (Catching) PSA 10 GEM MT Rookie RC

Watchers: 46  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $88
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 01:04
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2017 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge New York Yankees RC Rookie BGS 9.5 w/ 10 AUTO

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $610
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 03:04
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2017 Topps Archives Signature RETROSPECTIVE 4/5 DEREK JETER BGS 9.5 10 Auto

Watchers: 29  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $207.5
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 01:04
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AARON JUDGE 2017 Topps Gold Label Blue Framed RC Rookie On Card Auto 31/50

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $214
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2017 Leaf Pearl, Pearl 4 Jordan, Ruth, Gretzky, Montana Game Used Relics #1/4!!!

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $260
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 03:04
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Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Chrome 30th Refractor RC #87T-8 PSA 10 Gem Mint Rookie

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $23
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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2019 National Treasures Panini 3/10 Aaron Judge Auto Jumbo Patch Booklet Signed

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $238.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 23:04
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2017 Hits Memorabilia Andrew McCutchen Button Autograph 1/1

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $42
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 05:04
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AARON JUDGE 2017 TOPPS CHROME 1987 RETRO REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC #87T-8 YANKEES

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $8
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 02:04
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2017 Topps #287a Aaron Judge RAINBOW FOIL Insert RC Yankees FREE SHIP

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 18:04
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2017 Topps Now Aaron Judge RC Blue Auto 9.5 Gem Auto # 103C Yankees 09/49 MVP!

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $225.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection -Game-Used New York Bat Babe Ruth 20/20

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 30
Current Bid: $76.52
Auction Ends: 18-Apr-2024 15:04
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2017 Topps Chrome AARON JUDGE Catching Rookie Card #169 PSA 10 GEM MINT! Yankees

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $38
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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2017 Topps #287 Aaron Judge Catching Yankees RC Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 13:04
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2017 Topps Aaron Judge Leaning On Railing SP Variation Rookie RC Mint PSA 9

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $12.99
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 20:04
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Ivan Pudge Rodriguez AUTO 1987 WOOD GRAIN 2017 TOPPS Series 1 Texas Rangers HOF

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 01:04
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Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Chrome Update RC #HMT50 PSA 10

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $56
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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2017 Juan Soto Bowman Chrome Refractor RC Rookie YANKEES

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 00:04
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2017 Topps Chrome Catching Refractor #169 Aaron Judge RC Rookie Mint PSA 9

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $21.5
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 21:04
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2017 Aaron Judge Inception Rookie Auto Blue /25

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $381
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Rookie Catching #169 PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $82
Auction Ends: 18-Apr-2024 23:04
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2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection - Game-Used boston Bat Babe Ruth 19/20

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 31
Current Bid: $135.5
Auction Ends: 18-Apr-2024 15:04
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2017 Panini Donruss Rated Rookies Aaron Judge #38 CSG 10 Gem Mint Rookie RC

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $9.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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*MINT* /85 2019 DONRUSS OPTIC JA MORANT RC “MY HOUSE” BLUE SSP #/85

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 22:04
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2017 TOPPS NOW RELICS AARON JUDGE RC GAME USED BASE #/99 3 RUN HR

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $43
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 21:04
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