Over the past year, Aaron Judge has quickly become one of the most popular players in all of baseball. A recent Steiner Sports auction showed how much the 25-year-old is taking the sport of baseball by storm.
The jersey that Judge wore during his Major League debut sold for $157,366. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the amount is the most that anyone has paid for a jersey of any of the four leading United States sports since 2002.
Judge’s debut was definitely one to remember. On August 13, 2016, Judge blasted a home run off Tampa Bay’s Matt Andriese. The home run hit of tinted glass facing the batter’s eye in straightaway centerfield, just above the illustrious Monument Park.
To compare to other auctioned items, here are the prices that some other valuable items recently sold for:
To go along with his debut jersey, other items have recently been a hot topic as well. The jersey he wore when he hit his first grand slam on May 28 sold for $45,578, and a autographed rookie card recently sold for $14,000 on eBay.
Still considered a rookie by Major League standards, Judge is considered the front-runner for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The 25-year-old has a slash line of .302/.426/.631 in 100 games. With his 33 home runs, Judge has already broken Joe DiMaggio‘s club record for home runs by a rookie in a single season.
If he continues at this pace, expect more of his game-used items to be valuable collectible items down the road.