After a half-season that had baseball buzzing, it would have been no big deal if Aaron Judge had flamed out in the Home Run Derby Monday night. Instead, the Yankee rookie went out and won it on a night when the spotlight was bright and more people were watching than at any time since 2009.
Prices for Judge’s cards and memorabilia have been astounding.
Last month, the jersey he wore while hitting his first grand slam sold for over $45,000. Others from milestone games are also hitting the block and next month, Heritage Auctions will offer the #99 jersey he wore on Mother’s Day, complete with grass stain, and his cap from that afternoon, in one listing. Auction officials believe the two items will sell for at least $20,000.
On that day, the Yankees retired the last single-digit jersey–Derek Jeter’s number “2” in what could amount to a passing of the torch to a new Yankee superstar. For his part, Judge smashed a 457-foot home run to center field off Astros pitcher Mike Fiers in the bottom of the fourth to retake sole possession of the Major League home run race at 14.
The jersey has been photomatched and has been authenticated by the Yankees’ memorabilia partner, Steiner Sports. It also includes an MLB authentication sticker. Judge’s cap from the game, size “7 1/2,” is also authenticated and features a number “99” sticker inside.
The lot will be one of the featured items in the August 19-20 auction at HA.com.