Topps just released a Washington Nationals’ baseball card of Dr. Anthony Fauci, celebrating the NIAID director’s just-a-bit-outside ceremonial first pitch during Opening Night.
The trading card is only available until 3:30 PM Saturday after being first released on Friday.
A strong effort to the plate. 💪 Introducing the instantly iconic Dr. Fauci #ToppsNOW card!
— Topps (@Topps) July 24, 2020
The back of Fauci’s card reads:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases and ardent Washington Nationals fan, signaled the official start of the 2020 MLB regular season by throwing out the first pitch before the Nationals took on the Yankees on Thursday evening. The 79-year-old Brooklyn native, donning a Nationals jersey, hat, and facemask, fired a strong effort to the plate before the Nationals took the field.
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) July 24, 2020
July 27 update: Topps announced that the Dr. Fauci card was purchased 51,512 times, beating out the previous record-holder, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (19,396), whose card featured his first Major League hit.
NEW. RECORD. 💥
— Topps (@Topps) July 27, 2020
Headline photo courtesy of @Topps
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