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This print started out as a baseball card more than twenty years ago. Every aspect of it is designed to preserve the original look and feel of the card, from the printing pattern to the slightly worn edges. In fact, this print started by finding the actual card in our vault and then painstakingly re-mastering it with a team of designers. The authenticity extends to manufacturing; each print is made on high-quality, cotton fine art paper that measures 1/64 inches in thickness. Framed prints feature 2-inch flat wood or metallic frames with high-end, glare-resistant glass. And all prints are officially licensed by MLB and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Gibson was just a 24-year-old kid with only about 200 career at-bats under his belt entering the 1981 season, the year this Topps card was printed. But the Tigers had high hopes for the former Michigan State two-sport star as he was the No. 12 overall pick in the 1978 draft. Gibson played in 83 games in '81 and hit .328 with nine homers while knocking in 40 and stealing 17 bases to give a glimpse of future things to come.
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