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Rare Aaron Judge rookie card sells for $14,665 on eBay

Aaron Judge without question has taken Major League Baseball by storm this season. And his meteoric rise to superstar convinced one collector to shell out almost $15,000 for one of the New York Yankees slugger’s rookie cards.

The card in question is one of only 10 Topps produced in 2013 after the Yankees selected Judge with the 32nd overall selection in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. The card originally came in packs likely to cost between $3 to $4.

Suffice to say, the exorbitant price paid for the card shocked many in the collector and memorabilia worlds.

“This is just off the charts,” Topps marketing manager Susan Lulgjuraj said Thursday, via the New York Post. “What Aaron Judge is doing nobody has seen in recent memory. This is one of the first cards made of him.”

Despite Judge’s magnificent start to his Yankees career, one memorabilia insider recommended caution, making note of another Yankee prospect who didn’t pan out after starting off strong.

“People are infatuated with what’s hot. They’re buying into the future,” said memorabilia auctioneer Pete Siegel, who runs Manhattan’s Gotta Have It Collectibles. “If he’s (Judge) the next Joe DiMaggio then this (baseball card) is worth something. But if he’s the next Kevin Maas, then it’s worth $3.”

When told of how the card in question sold for such an astounding amount, even Judge couldn’t believe it.

“I don’t even know what to say,” he said.

As is the case with pretty much everyone else in the know in the memorabilia market.