Nutty question: Should the rally squirrel get a 2012 Topps baseball card?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s now or never for the Rally Squirrel as the St. Louis Cardinals must win Game 6 of the World Series tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to stay alive and force a final game against the Texas Rangers.

We may be nuts, but we have to wonder … will the famed rodent with more than 28,300 followers on Twitter end up having a baseball card in the 2012 Topps set? We’ve imagined it above … We can think of a few collectors — and maybe some tweeters — who would squirrel these cards away faster than you can say “Rocky & Bullwinkle.” And, well, we can think of others who might not.

But this card could happen … a squirrel has had a baseball card before, and the Poley Walnuts 2007 Topps Update card is still a winner. See it — and take our Rally Squirrel poll — after the jump.

Mr. Walnuts had such a presence at Yankee Stadium that Topps made a card — a release that still sells for as much as $30. It’s got to be the best squirrel card around. (Tongue firmly in cheek there.)

Would the Rally Squirrel command as many acorns? Tell us in our series of questions below …

Should Topps make the Rally Squirrel card?

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What would you do with a Rally Squirrel card?

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How much would you pay for a Rally Squirrel card?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. James B. Anama 27 October, 2011 at 14:05

    I already have a Poley Walnuts card, so I can’t honestly answer poll question number two. I think if they make this card in the vein of the Uzuki card from a couple of years ago, then it’s worth it (again, this is only if the Cardinals win). Otherwise, you might as well ask Topps to create a Rally Monkey card in the 2002 design.


    JayBee Anama

  2. Trevor Small 27 October, 2011 at 14:58

    Topps will 1st have to do a Rally Monkey card from the 2002 Angels season. First do that and then do other rally animals.

  3. Todd Warden 27 October, 2011 at 15:34

    I have already purchased an un-official one off of ebay in the ’87 design, and would be thrilled if they included one in an upcoming set. I admit I am a huge Cardinals fan, but I do agree that this only makes sense if St Louis wins the series. The only other way to do it is if they did a full insert set of them with Rally Monkey and others included. I think this would fit in great with the Opening Day set.

  4. Dan C. 30 October, 2011 at 00:54

    Someone already made some rally squirrel cards and has sold them on ebay. The best one is in the 1987 Topps design and is actually very well made. I bought several so years down the road when my kids (age 1 and 2 right now) ask me what the hell this squirrel thing was about I can tell the remarkable story about the 2011 Cardinals, and how the squirrel represents the last 2 months of the season (nuts). If Topps makes one, I’ll buy 3.

  5. john paul 30 October, 2011 at 07:11

    i like the idea. why not? it’s a neat event and a cool part of the history. i would rather see cards of rally animals than bush and nolan ryan trying (and failing) to play catch. how about a subset with all of ’em? even that unfortunate bird that got hit by the big train! let’s just not go crazy with the pricetags, though please.

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