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NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t just the top infectious disease specialist as the leading medical expert on the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s a “superfan” of the Washington Nationals. And now he’s also a collector item.
When the invite came to throw out the first pitch– with mask on and no fans in attendance on opening night against the Yankees– Fauci jumped at the chance.
No matter that his pitch sailed down the first base line, Fauci made history in baseball card form.
“What we’re really trying to do with ToppsNow this season.. is document this unique, wacky, crazy, historic baseball season, one baseball card at a time,” Emily Kless, communications manager at Topps, told WABCRadio.com.
A record 51,512 Fauci cards sold in 24 hours on their website. Kless said Fauci wasn’t aware about being immortalized as a baseball card, but was “humbled” and “embarrassed.”
“We, obviously, thank him for the great work that he’s done and leading this country through this coronavirus,” Kless said. “… There [are] a lot of collectors of baseball cards and a lot of Americans, who support Dr. Fauci, what he’s done for us and wanted to collect a piece of history with his baseball card.”
While the card is no longer available through Topps, it is surging on the secondary market. Sites, such as Ebay, offer the card for up to $10,000.
Fauci’s pitch didn’t reach home plate, but you wouldn’t know it by the photo on the card.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s a four-seamer down the middle of the plate,” Kless joked.
NEW. RECORD. 💥
— Topps (@Topps) July 27, 2020