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Victor Wembanyama is an NBA star, but he made the PSA trading card All-Star list for baseball

When Victor Wembanyama threw the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium last summer, no one expected the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft to make a baseball roster. But he did it, albeit in an unconventional way.

Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) has created All-Star Dream Team rosters based on the highest-rated and most popular baseball cards to date for each position during the 2024 season. The National League and American League Dream Team rosters are packed with MLB stars you'd expect, like Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Mike Trout, but there's one surprising player on the AL roster: Wembanyama.

The 7-foot-4 superstar, who just finished his first NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs, made the roster as a pitcher. Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros is the AL pitcher alongside Wembanyama, while Paul Skenes of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers were selected as NL pitchers.

Players made the Dream Team rosters by being the highest-rated player at each position in each league. PSA grades trading cards based on their condition, with the scale ranging from one (poor) to 10 (perfect).

In June 2023, Topps unveiled a baseball card commemorating Wembanyama's appearance at Yankee Stadium (2023 Topps Now #472). The card features Wembanyama in a classic Yankees pinstripe jersey with the words “New York” on his chest while juggling balls. The Frenchman showed his juggling skills before his ceremonial first pitch, which landed in the dirt to the left of home plate.

Topps sold 48,654 copies of the 2023 Topps Now #472 card featuring Wembanyama's first pitch, and it was the most popular PSA-graded pitcher card of the season so far.

PSA graded 1,600 copies of this Wembanyama card, while MLB Players has multiple cards to grade. Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers took first place as the player with the most cards with 56,500 graded cards, while Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds took second place with 26,700 graded cards. Skenes marked the pitcher with the most cards graded with 9,000.

Last month, Topps released a Wembanyama autograph “First Pitch” card in the Topps Series 2 2024.

The full PSA All-Star Dream Team rosters can be found below:

American League

  • Jugs: Victor Wembanyama, Justin Verlander (Astros)
  • Catcher: Adley Rutschman (Baltimore Orioles)
  • First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox)
  • Second Base: Jackson Holliday (Orioles), Jose Altuve (Astros)
  • Third Base: Junior Caminero (Tampa Bay Rays), Josh Jung (Texas Rangers)
  • Shortstop: Gunnar Henderson (Orioles), Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals)
  • Outfielder: Julio Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners), Jasson Domínguez (New York Yankees), Wyatt Langford (Rangers), Juan Soto (Yankees), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Evan Carter (Rangers)
  • Designated batsmen: Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Spencer Jones (New York Yankees)

Bundesliga

  • Jugs: Paul Skenes (Pirates), Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Dodgers)
  • Catcher: Francisco Alvarez (New York Mets)
  • First base: Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Freddie Freeman (Dodgers)
  • Second Base: Nolan Gorman (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryson Stott (Phillies)
  • Third Base: Christopher Morel (Chicago Cubs), Brett Baty (Mets)
  • Outfielder: Jackson Chourio (Milwaukee Brewers), Michael Harris II (Atlanta Braves), Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves), Jordan Walker (Cardinals), Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks), Mookie Betts (Dodgers)
  • Designated batsmen: Shohei Ohtani (Dodgers), Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres)

(Photo: Brad Penner / USA Today)