Pete Alonso rookie cards quickly caught on with collectors based on an impressive 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 MLB 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 few sets of the year, his RC options should be plentiful during the summer and fall portion of the MLB card schedule.
Pete Alonso Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery
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2019 Panini Leather & Lumber Pete Alonso RC #151 Autograph #/149
2019 Leather & Lumber Baseball is home to the first pack-pulled Pete Alonso rookie card autograph. Signed on a baseball-like surface, this trapped signature card is limited to 149 copies. More striking is the Rookie Signatures Black Gold version, numbered to 25, that features a black baseball and gold ink.
Many of the rookie players have three different options in the base rookie autograph set, but Pete has just this card.
2019 Topps Series 2 Pete Alonso RC #475
Pete's flagship rookie finally arrived in 2019 Topps Series 2 Baseball. An ongoing issue for Alonso is the Pete vs. Peter inconsistency on his cards. His hard-signed 1984 insert autograph in S2 opts for Peter.
2019 Topps Big League Pete Alonso RC #20 SP
The initial pack-pulled Pete Alonso rookie card arrived in 2019 Big League. The card is placed in the checklist as a variation to the main #20 card for Matt Carpenter.
While the low-cost brand is normally priced as such, the Alonso RC is a short print, so values are a bit higher but still not too bad.
2019 Topps Definitive Collection Pete Alonso RC #DRA-PA Autograph (Redemption)
The high-end 2019 Definitive Collection offers one Pete Alonso autograph and it comes as a redemption. The end result should boast a premium design, on-card signature and print run of 50 or less once it's live.
2019 Topps Finest Pete Alonso RC #44
Alonso is not a short print in 2019 Finest Baseball, making this his first standard base rookie card. As is always the case for Finest, the Refractor parallels are popular. In addition, there is a hard-signed rookie autograph with a similar pose but a gray Mets uniform.
2019 Topps Museum Collection Pete Alonso RC #79
2019 Museum Collection MLB offers a Pete Alonso rookie card in the base set and on-card autograph options. This includes Archival Autographs and the rare metal-framed autograph edition.
2019 Topps Stadium Club Pete Alonso RC #272
While they aren't the most impressive images from 2019 Stadium Club Baseball, Alonso does have two different options. The base card features him tossing a ball while the short-printed image variation appears to show him admiring one of his many home runs. There is also a Chrome version of his base card and a hard-signed autograph.
2019 Topps Tier One Break Out Autograph Pete Alonso RC #BA-PA (Redemption)
Another signed option for Alonso is found in 2019 Tier One Baseball. In fact, this is his first pack-pulled rookie autograph, although it is issued in boxes as a redemption card. Once the redemptions are live, it should be hard-signed and numbered to 299 or less.
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.