There’s a great story behind the 108 stitches on the ball on the Close-Up Baseball Visa Gift Card: they were all sewn by hand. All baseballs for the US major leagues are hand-stitched in Costa Rica under contract to Rawlings Sporting Goods, Inc. Experienced workers can complete five to six balls per hour. Considering a major league ball lasts about six pitches before it is hit into the stands or otherwise retired, they don’t last as long as it takes to sew them up! Celebrate baseball with and the people who make baseballs with Close-Up Baseball Visa Gift Cards.