NEW YORK – (Special to Digital Sports Desk from Official News Release) – It’s one thing to have a valuable “rookie card” for a player such as New York Yankees phenom Aaron Judge. It’s another to have his first “instant” rookie card, also known as, a TOPPS NOW card. Get ready?
The Yanks’ rookie sensation continues to not just hit tape-measure home runs, grab headlines in the Big Apple and dominate the interest by fans in the card business as well. Topps NOW, the venture between Topps and MLB to provide the best images on cards almost in real time, is now featuring Judge and his mammoth 495-foot home run against the Baltimore Orioles, giving him 11 special NOW cards already this season, far ahead of the Dodgers Cody Bellinger (5) and the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper (4).
Last season’s most offered cards were Boston’s DH David Ortiz with 15 and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (13), easily putting Judge on track to pass those to stars later this season (The Yankees best last year was Gary Sanchez, who had 11 cards). In addition to the top selling set of Chicago Cubs World Series cards, Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,000th hit, Bartolo Colon’s home run the day before Mother’s Day, and Ortiz’s final game at Fenway Park have been top sellers.
The latest Judge card is available on Topps.com for 24 hours and fans can order as many as they like. The platform is fast approaching one million cards sold in less than a season and a half.