Fauci Baseball Card Smashes Sales Record

More than 51K were sold in 24 hours
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2020 8:08 AM CDT
Fauci Baseball Card Smashes Sales Record
Ceremonial first pitch is thrown by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, before the start of the first inning of an opening day baseball game between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Up for sale for 24 hours, Dr. Anthony Fauci's limited edition baseball card set "an all-time high print run record." Some 51,512 cards were sold for $9.99 each, according to Topps. The previous top-selling card featured Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s first hit, and only 19,396 of those were sold, per USA Today. Fauci's card, showing him throwing out a wild first pitch at Thursday's MLB game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, describes "a strong effort" that "signaled the official start of the 2020 MLB season." "I feel a little embarrassed and humbled," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases tells CNN. "I hope that Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle are not looking up at me saying, 'What the heck is going on here?'" (Meanwhile, the MLB's outbreak is "off-the-charts bad.")

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