It hasn’t taken long for Pete Alonso to take a bite out of the Big Apple. After making the team out of spring training, he got off to a hot start — and not just by first-year standards. For example, Alonso set the Mets record for rookie home runs — getting the mark before the All-Star Game. In the first half of 2019, he wasn’t just one of baseball’s best rookies, Alonso was one of baseball best players, period. Now, it’s time for the Pete Alonso Rookie Card lineup to take shape.
That said, it’s not like he has a shortage of cards. Even before playing in his first game with the Mets, Alonso had hundreds of minor league and prospect cards. These date back to 2016, not long after New York took him in the second round of the draft.
Pete Alonso Rookie Card Guide
The following Pete Alonso Rookie Card lineup features cards marked with the RC tag in the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide. Inserts and parallels are not included. The list will continue to grow over the course of the year as more sets are released. Cards are listed alphabetically.
2019 Donruss Optic Pete Alonso Rookie Card #82
2019 Donruss Optic Baseball puts a chromium spin on the main Donruss release, at least mostly. Alonso isn’t in the original 2019 Donruss so this makes it stand out a little more. The parallel lineup is massive with lots of colors and a new pattern called Pandora introduced to the line by Panini.
Parallels: Holo, Carolina Blue and White, Lime Green, Pink, Red Wave, White Sparkles, Pink Velocity (/199), Red, White and Blue 150th Anniversary (/150), Purple Stars (/125), Orange (/99), Pandora (/99), Blue Pandora (/99), Purple Pandora (/99), Red Pandora (/99), We the People (/76), Blue (/75), Red (/60), Carolina Blue (/50), Teal Velocity (/35), Black (/25), Gold (/10), Blue Cracked Ice (/7), Green Cracked Ice (/7), Red Cracked Ice (/7), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)
2019 Finest Pete Alonso Rookie Card #44
2019 Topps Finest Baseball has the first traditional pack-issued MLB Pete Alonso Rookie Card. In typical Finest fashion, it’s both colorful and chromium. There’s a solid rainbow of Refractor parallels to chase as well. Alonso also has an on-card autograph in the product as well that uses much of the same design.
Parallels: Refractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Superfractors (1/1)
2019 Panini Leather and Lumber Pete Alonso RC Autograph #151 /149
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced autographed Pete Alonso RC, 2019 Panini Leather and Lumber certainly fits. The centerpiece of the card is Alonso’s signature, which comes on a piece of baseball leather. While many players also have additional cards (and more parallels) on pieces of glove leather and bat wood, Alonso only has the baseball version.
Parallels: Baseball Signatures Black (/125), Baseball Signatures Light Blue (/50), Baseball Signatures Black Gold (/25), Baseball Signatures Blue (/25), Baseball Signatures Pink (/25), Baseball Signatures Gold (/10), Baseball Signatures Green (/5), Baseball Signatures Red and Blue (1/1)
2019 Stadium Club Pete Alonso Rookie Card #272
The 2019 Stadium Club Pete Alonso is one that’s slick to touch and uses a borderless design to emphasize the image. The photo here isn’t exactly the most captivating, though. Since being relaunched, Stadium Club is most popular with casual collectors and set builders. As a result, singles like these can often get overlooked and prices stay in the moderate range.
Parallels: Black and White, Black Foil, First Day Issue, Members Only, Photographer’s Proof, Red Foil, Rainbow Foil (/25), Gold Rainbow (1/1)
2019 Topps Pete Alonso Rookie Card #475
Found in packs of 2019 Topps Series 2, this is one of the most common cards Alonso has. But it’s also his flagship Rookie Card so that will give it some weight even if it’s not overly expensive. This is the line that collectors connect with tradition, which is big in all areas of sports cards but baseball in particular.
Parallels: 150th Anniversary, All-Star Game Foil, Purple, Yellow, Rainbow Foil, Gold (/2019), Factory Set Foilboard (/162), Advanced Stats (/150), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/67), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Pete Alonso Rookie Card #182
True to A&G form, this Pete Alonso Rookie Card has a retro vibe meant to mirror the brand’s tobacco card origins from more than a century ago. A lot of collectors chase the inserts and other elements in the product, meaning the base cards are generally reasonably priced and even overlooked. Alonso does have a framed autograph in the product as well.
Parallels: Hot Box Gold Border, Mini, Mini A and G Back, Mini Black Border, Mini Gold Border, Mini No Number (50 Copies), Mini Brooklyn Back (/25), Glossy (1/1), Mini Glossy (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Black (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Mini Wood (1/1)
2019 Topps Museum Collection Pete Alonso Rookie Card #79
Although it might not appear too fancy at first glance, the 2019 Topps Museum Collection Pete Alonso RC does come from a high-end leaning product. That means that the card should get a little bit tougher to find as time goes on and supply dries up. It might not be a particularly rare card overall, but this isn’t the type of product that individual collectors or even dealers get a chance to hoard.
Parallels: Copper, Sapphire (/150), Amethyst (/99), Ruby (/50), Emerald (1/1)
Key Pete Alonso Pre-Rookie and Prospect Cards
The following is a list of some of the top early Pete Alonso cards released before his first traditional Rookie Card. It is not an exhaustive list of everything that’s out there. Rather it focuses on some of his earliest releases and notable autographs. The Beckett database has a massive list of Pete Alonso cards.
2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Pete Alonso #BDC92
2016 Bowman Draft has the first MLB Pete Alonso cards. These come in a variety of forms including a basic 2016 Bowman Chrome Draft card. It’s a base-style issue that while affordable, has seen a significant spike in the time surrounding his MLB debut. Refractors come in a variety of levels and quantities as well. Alonso also has a regular Bowman card that’s virtually identical to this except it comes on traditional glossy stock. The Chrome version is the more valuable of the two.
Parallels: Refractors, Sky Blue Refractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Pick Autographs Pete Alonso #CDA-PA
As far as widely available cards go, the 2016 Bowman Chrome Draft Pete Alonso autograph is a cornerstone. In current sets, first Bowman Chrome autographs are predominantly king. And that’s exactly what you see here. While it’s not Alonso’s only 2016 autograph card, it does have him in his Mets gear. The on-card signature and many Refractor parallels are among the other notable features.
Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Blue Wave Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Black Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Wave Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Red Wave Refractors (/5), Black Wave Refractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
2016 Elite Extra Edition Autographs Pete Alonso #64
If you’re looking for an early Pete Alonso autograph but the Bowman Chrome is out of your budget, 2016 Elite Extra Edition is a solid alternative. Like Bowman Chrome, it’s hard-signed. And while he’s not in a Mets uniform, the first baseman is shown in his Florida Gators gear. The base version isn’t numbered, but it appears to be relatively rare. All of its parallels are serial numbered.
Parallels: Status Red Die Cut (/75), Aspirations Blue (/50), Aspirations Purple (/25), Charcoal (/25), Status Emerald Die Cut (/25), Aspirations Tie Dye (/10), Black (/10), Status Tie Dye Die Cut (/5), Aspirations Gold (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Status Gold Die Cut (1/1)
2016 Elite Extra Edition College Ticket Autographs Pete Alonso #36
This Contenders-themed card is found in packs of 2016 Elite Extra Edition. It takes on the ticket theme the brand is known for. Using more traditional stock, it’s an option for those who prefer a more toned down take over foil and chromium. This is a somewhat tough card to find and its parallels don’t amount to much as far as print runs go.
Parallels: Cracked Ice (/24), Playoff (/15), Championship (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016 Brooklyn Cyclones Choice Pete Alonso #1
This is one of three tough minor league cards featuring Pete Alonso that were released in 2016. Issued as part of a Brooklyn Cyclones team set, the target audience was local fans. Like a lot of minor league cards, looking for a full team set might prove to be easier than tracking down the card on its own.
2016 NY-Penn League All-Star Game South Grandstand Pete Alonso
Another minor league card, this one comes from Grandstand and is part of a set highlighting the best the Single-A New York-Penn League had to offer.
2016 NY-Penn League Top Prospects Choice Pete Alonso #7
Alonso is one of 28 different players to get the spotlight in Choice’s 2016 New York-Penn League Top Prospects set. Like his other two minor league cards, this is not an easy one to track down.
2017 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Pete Alonso #ROA-PA
Real One Autographs are synonymous with the Topps Heritage line, whether that’s in a MLB set or MiLB one. Since shifting to on-card signatures in 2016, Heritage Minors autographs have seen a further boost. While not on the same level as his Bowman Chrome autograph, this one definitely has an audience. Besides the traditional color parallels, there’s also one that doesn’t have Alonso’s first name on the front. As far as signature quality goes, be aware that some of them go off the side of the card.
Parallels: No First Name, Blue (/75), Gray (/25), Orange (1/1)
2017 Topps Pro Debut Autographs Pete Alonso #41
The 2017 Topps Pro Debut Pete Alonso autograph hails from the company’s flagship MiLB release. Unlike Heritage, the signature here comes on a sticker, taking it down a notch for some.
Parallels: Green (/99), Orange (/25), Red (/10), Black (1/1)
2019 Topps Big League Variations Pete Alonso #20
Pete Alonso was a late addition to the 2019 Topps Big League checklist. Because it’s a variation short print (sharing #20 with the common Matt Carpenter), it doesn’t fit traditional Rookie Card definitions. That said, many will likely view it as one or something close. Topps didn’t release print run info, but even though it’s tougher than regular base cards, it’s not a rare card.
Parallels: Blue, Gold, Rainbow Foil (/100), Artist Renditions (/50), Red Foil (1/1)
2019 Topps Now Pete Alonso #12 (also #32 with autographs)
It didn’t take long for Pete Alonso to have multiple cards in 2019 Topps Now Baseball. His first, #12, highlights his MLB debut at the start of the season. It has 2,040 copies, which is based on what was sold during its 24-hour sales window. Alonso’s second Topps Now card, #32, highlights his first career home run. It also has autograph versions. Within a short time, Alonso appeared on several 2019 Topps Now cards.
Topps Living Set Pete Alonso #176
Released less than a month into the 2019 season, the Topps Living Set Pete Alsonso card was available exclusively on the Topps website for one week. In that time it sold 8,695 copies. Although a large number, several players have sold more. The idea behind the Living Set is that it continues to grow non-stop over several years. Art is done by Mayumi Seto.