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    The greatest rookie season of all time?

    2017 Aaron Judge Mother's Day Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey & Cap. As this auction lot is cataloged, we're still a week away from the All-Star break, with more than a half a season left to play. But if Aaron Judge's second half is anything like the first, it will be difficult to name any other rookie season in baseball history as impressive. The current Major League home run leader at twenty-seven, Judge is likewise first in runs batted in and second in batting average in the American League, making him (correct us if we're wrong) the first rookie to appear in the top two of all three Triple Crown metrics at the season's halfway mark.

    The fact that, at 6'7" and 285 pounds, he's the biggest position player in history? That's just the cherry on top.

    The offered jersey and cap were worn for the Mother's Day contest at Yankee Stadium, a particularly historic day in the Bronx that saw the last single-digit jersey--Derek Jeter's number "2"--retired from the team wardrobe. But the likely 2017 Rookie of the Year quickly stole the show from the 1996 honoree, smashing a 457-foot home run to center field off Astros pitcher Mike Fiers in the bottom of the fourth to retake sole possession of the Major League home run race at fourteen.

    The maternal occasion supplies unmistakable aesthetics, as the pinstriped jersey trades its navy blue identifiers for hot pink: the classic "NY" and a breast cancer awareness ribbon over heart giving way to the double-nines on verso. Lower left front tail is tagged, "Majestic Authentic Collection size 52" above the Yankees own bar-coded inventory tag. A "Steiner Sports" holographic authentication sticker is applied to the former, an "MLB Authentic" sticker to the latter.

    Beyond the ironclad assurance supplied by Steiner and Major League Baseball, the garment perfectly matches film and photography from the day, with Getty image #683082532 showing the distinctive grass stain on the chest. Also included is Judge's cap from the game, size "7 1/2," with a number "99" sticker inside. Jersey: MLB Authentic JB727393. Steiner 246960. Cap: MLB Authentic JB727341. Steiner 246961. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 17
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