Pete Alonso Turned Into Polar Bear on 2020 Topps Baseball Card


Squirrels on baseball cards are so last year (and 2012). Now it’s the polar bear’s turn. A 2020 Topps Series 1 variation of Pete Alonso takes his nickname literally, with a roaring polar bear on the front.

2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Pete Alonso Polar Bear

The card is a Series 1 surprise, appearing outside of the set’s other short print variations. So far, just one has surfaced on eBay. The asking price? $2,000.

The odds of finding the Pete Alonso card that doesn’t actually have Pete Alonso are not known. Neither is its print run. It appears as though it is extremely tough, though.

It’s similar to a 2012 Topps Skip Schmaker variation that shows a furry-tailed rodent scampering through the batter’s box. Only Schumaker’s foot is visible as far as players go. There’s also the similar 2015 Topps Update Phillippe Aumont variation that shows another runaway squirrel. Both of these have roots in actual baseball moments.

For Alonso, the card finds its inspiration in his nickname. This is the only Series 1 variation to take this approach. Of the more than 100 cards, others use alternate photos of things like ballpark moments, portraits and alternate uniforms. Several retired legends are also in the mix.

Check out the full 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist, team set lists and more.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. JDonovan 6 February, 2020 at 22:48

    $2000 for a card of a polar bear? I now understand why Topps doesn’t really try very hard anymore. Because they really don’t need to. They can apparently print anything as long as the print run is low enough and people will desire it.

  2. JDonovan 7 February, 2020 at 12:35

    Sorry didn’t notice it was the asking price. I thought it was a sale. The rest of the point, I am sticking with though.

  3. Randy Garcia 7 February, 2020 at 16:13

    Just another Topps gimmick. I’m sure the price will go down after awhile. The golden ticket is the real deal.

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