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!

(NOTE: The section below contains affiliate links to eBay listings for the card shown.)

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2013 Bowman Sterling Aaron Judge RC Rookie On Card AUTO PSA 10 " SUPER HOT "

Watchers: 39  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $465
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 04:11
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge #169 Catching Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $91
Auction Ends: 30-Nov-2022 03:11
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2017 Topps High Tek Aaron Judge RC Rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE w/ 10 On Card AUTO

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 25
Current Bid: $366.61
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 04:11
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge #169 Catching Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 36
Current Bid: $128.5
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 03:11
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2017 Topps Chrome Update Aaron Judge Rookie Debut Refractor /250 Baseball Card

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $36
Auction Ends: 03-Dec-2022 15:12
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge #169 Catching Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $35
Auction Ends: 05-Dec-2022 03:12
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2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects AARON JUDGE Card #BDPP19 PSA 10 GEM MINT RC

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 02:11
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2017 Topps 1987 Silver Pack Refractor Aaron Judge Rookie RC #87-AJ Card PSA 9

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $67
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 02:11
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Rookie Auto PSA 10 ON CARD

Watchers: 21  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $658
Auction Ends: 02-Dec-2022 02:12
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2017 Bowman Aaron Judge Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint - (A2)

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $49
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 18:11
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge #169 Catching Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $104
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 03:11
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2017 Topps Archives #62 - Aaron Judge - Rookie Card RC MVP

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $16
Auction Ends: 27-Nov-2022 19:11
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2017 Topps Series 1 Aaron Judge Short Print SP Rookie Card RC #287 PSA 9

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $17
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 02:12
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2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC Non-Auto #169 - New York Yankees

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $14.35
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 02:11
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AARON JUDGE 2017 TOPPS SERIES Card 1 #287 PARALLEL ROOKIE RC

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 01:12
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2017 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR AARON JUDGE RC PRISTINE ON CARD AUTO TRUE 1/1 MVP

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 42
Current Bid: $525
Auction Ends: 02-Dec-2022 04:12
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Aaron Judge RARE REFRACTOR INVESTMENT CARD SSP TOPPS CHROME YANKEES AUTOGRAPH

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $46
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 09:11
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Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Chrome Rookie Card #169 New York Yankees MVP! Sharp!

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $14.5
Auction Ends: 27-Nov-2022 17:11
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2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Refractor Aaron Judge Rookie Card #150 PSA 10 GEM MT

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $120
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 04:11
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2017 TOPPS ARCHIVES AARON JUDGE ROOKIE CARD RC #62 PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $41
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 03:11
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2013 Bowman Aaron Judge Draft Picks #BDPP19 Rookie Card

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $13.5
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 00:11
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2013 Bowman Chrome #BDPP19 - 1st AARON JUDGE RC Rookie Card - New York Yankees

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 28-Nov-2022 16:11
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2017 BOWMAN CHROME AARON JUDGE ROOKIE RC CARD #56 NM+ *YCC*

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $15.79
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 02:11
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2017 Topps Aaron Judge Rookie Card RC #287

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 23:11
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2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Refractor Aaron Judge Rookie Card #150 PSA 10 GEM MT

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 05-Dec-2022 03:12
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