When Dr. Anthony Fauci threw his abysmal ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals season opener against the Yankees last Thursday, nobody thought he’d be breaking a baseball record anytime soon.
However, the nation’s leading coronavirus expert now holds the notable accolade for the best-selling baseball card in Topps NOW history. The company sold over 51,512 Fauci cards, smashing the previous record of 19,396 cards sold of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s debut hit.
The card features Fauci mid-pitch while wearing his famous Nationals mask. ToppsNow cards are available for only 24 hours on the company’s website.
Fauci, a longtime Nationals fan and MLB fan, wore a Nationals mask before testifying about the United States’ COVID-19 response back in June and was asked to throw the ceremonial pitch shortly after.
The pitch did not go as planned for the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as he completely missed the mound wide left. However, as many Nationals noted, Fauci’s pitch was especially fitting given his work to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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