Aaron Judge trading cards are finally catching up to the hot start and strong performance by the New York Yankees star outfielder.
A 2013 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Aaron Judge rookie autograph 1-of-1 card set a record for Judge cards, selling for $324,000 in the May Premier Auction at PWCC Marketplace. The sale price was more than double the previous record for a Judge card — $161,130 for the same card at auction in 2020.
Another Judge card — a 2013 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Aaron Judge rookie autograph card numbered to 25 copies and graded to a BGS 10 Pristine — sold for $31,200, making it the third highest-selling Judge card on record.
Judge leads the Yankees with a .318 batting average, 15 home runs and 31 RBI in the first 39 games of the season. He hit .287 with 39 home runs and 98 RBI in 148 games last year.
PWCC’s May auction featured 419 lots across all sports, with total sales of $18.65 million.
Several records were set during the auction, including a 1986 Fleer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sticker for $240,000, the highest price ever paid for any Fleer sticker, according to public data, and the highest price for any Abdul-Jabbar non-rookie card. The sales makes the Abdul-Jabbar card the second most valuable card in the 1986 Fleer Basketball set, trailing only the Michael Jordan #57 rookie card.
Other record sales include:
• A 2013 Panini Prizm Gold Prizms Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card numbered to /10 for $528,000, a “for card” record and the fourth highest-selling Giannis card.
• A Jimmy Butler 2012 Panini Prizm Gold rookie card for $28,800, a record for one of his cards and the first time a Butler card has passed the $20,000 mark.
• A 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor Ray Allen rookie card for $69,000, a record for an Allen card.
• A 1974 Ageducatifs Football Michel Platini rookie card for $49,200, a record for any Platini card.