Maybe it’s his charismatic smile, or ominous 6-foot, 7-inch 282-pound frame, but the newest household name in Yankees history has quickly become a favorite of collectors seeking Aaron Judge game-used memorabilia. Belting a rookie-record 52 home runs did a lot to fuel the craze for the young player fans refer to as “Your Honor”.
Beyond erasing Yankee legends from the record books, Judge appears ready to settle in for a long haul in pinstripes, making his collectibles among the most popular in the game.
Inking Aaron Judge Into History
Aaron Judge memorabilia became immediately popular when he began to eclipse some of baseball’s records. When the team you play for has included names like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle, if you surpass the marks set by these legends you become almost instantaneously legendary.
On July 7, 2017, Judge smacked his 30th home run of his first season to break DiMaggio’s 81-year old Yankee rookie record. As of now, you can actually purchase the autographed third base bag that he strode over heading for home plate against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Judge recently signed an autograph and memorabilia deal with Fanatics Authentic which offers his game-worn jerseys, signed and well-used batting gloves and size-17 autographed baseball cleats but also a huge array of non-game worn items well. An autographed Aaron Judge number 99 jersey is a collectible as noteworthy for the number as it is for the name on it.
Game-used Judge gear –even game-issued gear–isn’t cheap but buying directly from the company he’s partnered with to distribute it definitely offers peace of mind to collectors. You can keep track of their current inventory here.
The Jury is Still Out
With Aaron Judge memorabilia already taking the sports collectible world by storm, the fact is these items could increase in value. While strikeouts remain an issue for some, the talent this young player has displayed is like nothing professional baseball has seen in years.
His iconic legend continues to reinvent aspects of the game. In 2018, Judge became the biggest man to ever play centerfield in professional baseball. Less than three weeks later, he became the fastest to reach 60 home runs in a career, besting Mark McGwire’s mark by five games.
He was the runaway winner of rookie-of-the-year honors in 2016, and already has a home run derby championship to his name. The jury is still out on how many baseball records he might wash away before his career ends. Each new record will add another piece of potentially valuable memorabilia to the list.
Judge’s larger-than-life persona is perfect for the New York City professional sports market, and his talent is obvious. When you smash the records of players such as Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, McGwire and Jackson during your first three seasons in professional baseball, the bar is set high going forward. One thing clearly obvious to baseball fans around the world is that this giant of a man is large enough to reach heights that could make him an all-time icon.
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