Topps' Aaron Judge Home Run Derby cards sell out in minutes
"I haven't seen anything like this," Jeff Heckman, Topps' director of e-commerce, told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "We thought the Cubs winning it all was the biggest deal. More people were trying to get on our site today than Game 7 of last year's World Series."
Prices for autographed cards commemorating Judge's win ranged from $280 to $3,000, and other cards that contained pieces of the socks the slugger wore during the contest ranged from $99 to $1,500.
Judge has short-term autograph deals with both Topps and Panini, but has yet to sign an exclusive autograph deal. After Tuesday's Home Run Derby card frenzy, the asking price to get Judge on one of those deals is higher than ever - and perhaps rightfully so, as beyond baseball cards, the rookie slugger's wares are also quire popular on the auction market.
Last month, Steiner Sports sold the jersey Judge wore when he hit his first grand slam for $45,578, and they currently have the jersey he wore in his major-league debut last August for sale; that auction closes July 29, and as of Wednesday morning had a top bid of $19,489.