Pete Alonso rookie cards quickly caught on with collectors based on a strong start to his MLB career. The rising slugger for the New York Mets has the Big Apple and the hobby in general taking notice.
After a few years of college ball with the Florida Gators, Pete (or Peter, or Pete the Polar Bear) was taken 64th overall by the Mets in the 2016 MLB Draft. His first baseball cards came that same year.
It took a few more years to work his way through the minors, but Alonso made his Major League Baseball debut on Opening Day in 2019. That means the official Pete Alonso rookie cards are in 2019 baseball card boxes. Although he missed out on the first sets of the year, his RC options should become plentiful during the summer and fall schedule.
Pete Alonso Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery
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2019 Topps Big League Pete Alonso RC
The first pack-pulled Pete Alonso rookie card arrived in 2019 Big League. While the low-cost brand is normally priced as such, the Alonso RC is a short print, so values are a bit higher than normal.
2019 Topps Now Pete Alonso RC #12 (PR=2,040)
Available right after his debut, Pete's earliest card with the RC logo came in 2019 Topps Now MLB. The on-demand card sold just over 2,000 copies in 24 hours. The card notes both his initial appearance and first hit with the Mets.
Issued a few days later in honor of his first MLB home run, Alonso's #32 card adds low-numbered autograph versions.
2019 Topps Living Set Pete Alonso #176 RC (PR=8,695)
Another popular print-to-order option is found in 2019 Topps Living Set. The ongoing artistic set from Mayumi Seto brings the 1953 Topps design to modern stars like Alonso.
Top Pete Alonso Prospect Cards
2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Pete Alonso #BDC-92
After being selected in 2016, Pete Alonso's cardboard career got off to a fast start in 2016 Bowman Draft. Collectors can find his first paper prospect and Chrome prospect card. The chromium card naturally sees more attention, as do the many Refractor parallels.
2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Pete Alonso Draft Picks Autographs #CDA-PA
However, the clear favorite among Pete Alonso cards is his Chrome Draft Pick Autograph, also found in 2016 Bowman Draft. The hard-signed card is the preferred choice and has seen a meteoric rise in value and demand. An ungraded Orange Refractor parallel, numbered to 25, sold at auction for $4,550 in April 2019.
2016 Elite Extra Edition Pete Alonso #64 Autograph
Although no match for Bowman, 2016 Elite Extra Edition Baseball has a few of the top Pete Alonso cards, as well. His main autograph adds a signature to the base design along with numbered Status and Aspirations parallels like the red die-cut below.
Less common is the College Ticket card from 2016 Panini Contenders that is issued as an insert in EEE.
2017 Topps Heritage Minor League Real One Autograph Pete Alonso #ROA-PA
MiLB cards are rarely hot sellers, but 2017 Heritage Minor League offers an appealing on-card signature for Alonso. Documenting his time with the St. Lucie Mets, the rare parallels command considerable value, especially the Blue (#/75) and Gray (#/25) frame versions.
2018 Bowman Pete Alonso Paper Prospect Autographs #PA-PA
Still want a Bowman Pete Alonso prospect autograph but coming in a little too late in the game on his 2016 Bowman Chrome card? Check out 2018 Bowman. Alonso is part of the retail-only Paper Prospect Autograph set with several levels of numbered parallels.
2018 Leaf Pete Alonso Autographs
Collectors also have the various Leaf Baseball options for additional Pete Alonso autographs. While the cards carry no official licensing, the upside includes on-card signatures, set and design variety, more affordable pricing, and overall rarity, especially when compared to the Bowman releases.
Autograph choices include 2018 Leaf Flash Baseball, 2018 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball, 2018 Valiant Baseball and 2018 Ultimate Draft Baseball. He was not mentioned by name but it seems likely that he will have signed cards in 2018 Leaf Trinity Baseball.