Josh Gibson MVP — Premium T206-Sized Art Card

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Honoring Josh Gibson's legacy with a limited supply of Triple Play Design's premium, hand-built, hand-signed art cards! A limited supply of 34 copies are left from 3 different print runs (5 signed in blue, 20 signed in black & 20 signed in green). The first 4 to purchase will get a copy from the print run of 5, signed in blue ink and hand-numbered to 5. This item will be retired when the supply runs out.

A portion of the proceeds from this sale will go to support the Josh Gibson Foundation. $30 ($25 card/$5 S/H) will get you this card and go to help the youth of Pittsburgh!

The Case for the Josh Gibson Memorial MVP Award

The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is annually given to one outstanding player in the American League and one in the National League. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) has issued the award since 1931 and from 1944 until this year, the award was named in honor of the late Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis who passed away in 1944, having served continuously as Commissioner of the Major Leagues since 1920. Landis’s name has been removed from the award in acknowledgement of his role in maintaining MLB’s color line.

"We will no longer be associated with the Landis name, and the MVP plaques will be nameless in 2020," BBWAA president Paul Sullivan wrote.

One of several names that has surfaced to replace Landis on the trophy is Josh Gibson. Gibson never played in the Majors, but has been widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Sean Gibson, great grandson of Josh Gibson notes that “Josh was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1972, despite never wearing a Major League uniform. However, renaming the MVP in memory of Josh Gibson is not just about him. It speaks to the redemption of the Negro Leagues and the salvation of its stars who were denied their dream of playing ball at the highest level. All they wanted to do was compete against their peers. For those from 1947 onward, this was their legacy. For those who came before, the Josh Gibson MVP Award would be an act of redemption. And poetic justice.
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