The Fanatics Authentic Team now has a new member.
It’s New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge and he’ll be joining a team that already includes reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger. It doesn’t mean he won’t be signing for fans or baseball card companies — they just now know the place he signs for directly when they can’t land him at the ballpark or in a pack.
“I love signing for fans, especially Yankee fans, they are the best in the world,’’ Judge told the New York Post. “Now that I’m with Fanatics, I’ll really be able to get my autograph out. They got some pretty cool pictures of me, I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to getting those out.’’
If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.
So much so here’s the first of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.
New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge owns the hobby right now and we want you to have a shot at owning this 2016 Bowman’s Best Refractor.
Everybody needs autograph of the guy who should own the Yankees’ rookie home run record any day now, could set the major-league mark and just might be a Triple Crown, Rookie of the Year and MVP award-winner, too.
No, pressure … keep reading how you can win one of three new Buzz Boxes — one of which will have this autograph inside.
Its auction photo really didn’t help, but this Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Draft Gold Refractor really was another color when it reportedly sold on eBay last week.
That color was green.
If the season ended today, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge would win the Triple Crown.
As a rookie.
With two homers on Sunday — one a highlight-reel worthy 496-foot shot — he upped his mark to 21 this season and that goes right alongside a .344 batting average and 47 RBI. Will the Triple Crown pace continue? Who knows, but the power is a barometer of baseball card potential and he’s on pace to be among the best rookies in MLB history.
He’s on pace to top the 40-homer mark and that’s been done just one other time by a rookie. Even if he struggles some, by season’s end he’s likely to be very close to — if not among — the top 10 sluggers for most home run seasons by a rookie.
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What’s Buzzing Today: An Aaron Judge 1/1 auto saved from the trash along with big pulls and big discussions
What happens when a New York Yankees rookie hits his league-leading 12th home run of the season?
Baseball cards just keep selling.
Aaron Judge is that Yankee and thanks to several years’ of prospecting sets and his 2017 Rookie Card arrival he’s arguably the hottest cardboard in the hobby today. As we documented here on Monday, he’s got more than 400 different autographed cards already — and there’s undoubtedly more on the way — and that’s a good problem to have.
But what if you don’t have a Judge auto? Where should you start? Consider these 12 sets or specific cards …
With 10 homers last month, New York Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge tied the major-league record for newcomers — a mark set by Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies last year.
Judge and Story are different stories when it comes to baseball cards, though, as the Yankee is readily available — and has been for years — on MLB cardboard and has plenty of autographs and Rookie Cards with more on the way. (Yes, Story also had ink and prospect cards — about 40 autos — before his arrival last season, but he wasn’t a big-market, can’t-miss guy who took his time to arrive with his presence in most prospect products before that time came. That’s Judge.)
Sure, it’s a long season, but right now Judge is a runaway to win the American League Rookie of the Year award with his homer total doubling the next-closest rookie and his 20 RBI in 22 games also leading all newcomers. He’s also hitting .303 so far, which ain’t shabby as he was a career .278 hitter in the minors. And, again, collectors (and dealers) benefit from this start as he’s got plenty of cards — new and old.