Look for more Aaron Judge autographed memorabilia in the marketplace. The New York Yankees rookie slugger has signed an exclusive deal with Fanatics and has already done a private signing session with the company, putting his name on hundreds of baseballs, jerseys, photos, bats and other items.
The partnership will allow Fanatics Authentic to become the exclusive distributor of Judge’s first-ever assortment of officially licensed autographs and collectibles. He joins other major stars including Steph Curry, Kris Bryant, Peyton Manning and Auston Matthews in signing with the fast-growing company. The deal doesn’t mean Judge will stop signing for fans at the ballpark or for Topps, where he’s put his name on thousands of baseball cards.
Judge praised some of the photos Fanatics put before him for autographs, saying they were “pretty cool.”
There was no word on how much Judge will be paid by Fanatics. He told media gathered at a recent private signing in New York that he used to practice his autograph as a youngster, dreaming of the day when he’d be asked for his signature.
As a youngster growing up in Central California, Judge says he was able to collect autographs of players and Hall of Famer Willie Mays. He says he hopes the deal will give fans and collectors outside of New York the chance to make sure they’re getting an authentic signature whenever they like.
His signed Topps cards have been selling for hundreds of dollars all the way up to five figures for some low serial numbered autographs. Prices for Judge autographed memorabilia through Fanatics and its partner site, SportsMemorabilia.com, ranges from $350 for baseballs and photos to over $1,000 for some larger pieces.
A signed Judge model bat is listed at $600.