Can you tell me how your products are printed?
All THIRTY81 products are of the highest quality. While we like to experiment and try different processes for a variety of results, we most often use what is best suited for the requirements of each design:
Digital prints are produced to meet the strict criteria set for high quality archival ink-jet printing. We have our own 6-color HP Z2600 DesignJet printer at our Southern California studio and match OEM pigmented-based inks with HP's Super Heavyweight Matte Plus paper. Our digital prints are rated for color stability and fade resistance for over 200 years when properly displayed. (see print care below).
Serigraph prints, or screen prints, are produced exclusively by the expert printers at Vahalla Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. We generally use this process for printing on colored paper and/or when using special inks, i.e. the metallic silver ink on dark blue paper as used on the ‘One Game Many Dimensions 2018’ print series.
Risograph prints, or Riso, are made using a stencil that is attached to an ink drum. The ink is then pressed into the paper producing a print with a handmade look and feel. The machine looks like a copy machine but is in fact a high speed duplicator. All of our Riso projects are printed by amazing team at Risolve Studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Lithograph prints, or offset 4-color, requires a large run to be cost effective. We use this process for prints that we know will be in high demand, such as the 2014 edition of the ‘Many Physical Dimensions’ print of which we produced an edition of 500.
Letterpress prints are created by literally smashing a ink coated plate into the paper. The result is a print with deep impression and a premium look and feel. We acquired a 1968 Heidelberg 10x15 Platen "Windmill" letterpress in 2021 and just gotten started. Our scorecards are letterpress and you'll find letterpress covers on our scorebooks ... and we just released our first set of letterpress notecards.
What happens if my prints arrived damaged?
We ship all of our prints in heavy duty tubes or StayFlat mailers to ensure safe delivery. We’ve been very fortunate that only one shipment has ever been returned because of damage — a USPS delivery vehicle ran over the tube!
In the unlikely and unfortunate event that your prints arrive damaged, please contact us immediately and we will promptly send a replacement. We will also kindly ask that you send us a few photos of the damage if possible so we can submit a postal claim.
Is satisfaction guaranteed?
Absolutely. If you are not satisfied, contact us within 30 days of purchase to arrange for a full refund or replacement.
All prints, regardless of production method, will eventually show signs of fading and hue shifts over time. We strongly recommend that you display or store your prints in the same way any museum would — away from direct sunlight and under glass or acrylic treated with a UV-protectant coating. This will ensure that your prints look their best for years, decades, and beyond.
Are your baseball prints licensed by MLB?
They are not. We produce original work independent of MLB. We do not include logos or trade dress in our work. The use of team names, ballpark names, etc. is strictly for description and identification. To be clear, we are not affiliated with Major League Baseball, its subsidiaries, or affilates.
Do you accept commission requests?
We are often intrigued by thoughtful commission requests. If you have an idea, kindly contact us and we will gladly have that conversation.
Do you license your drawings?
The short answer is ‘Yes’. The long answer is that we are very selective about licensing in order to protect the integrity of our brand. We consider requests by those who have demonstrated a passion for their work and a commitment to high quality production.
Can I get digital files to make my own prints?
Digital production files are not available. Ever.
When you update your posters, is there a discount for current owners?
Unfortunately, no. We have tried to come up with a program that would work but it simply is not cost effective. Each iteration of our prints represent a snapshot in time, much like a world map. Change is inevitable. Updating our prints is a natural cycle and we try to make each unique in some way.
I’ve seen other ballpark related prints that are much more expensive than yours? What gives?
We cannot speak for other artists. THIRTY81 prints are priced competitively yet, we believe, fairly based on what other comparable prints generally sell for. Limited edition prints and smaller runs may be priced higher due to limited availability and/or higher cost of production. Because we sell direct and control every aspect of production and shipping (we personally and proudly pack and ship every print we sell) we are able to keep costs minimized. Besides, we want folks to be able to afford and enjoy our products!
Likewise, we do not distribute our prints at wholesale at this time. If you see a THIRTY81 print or design offered anywhere besides our website, via one of our Kickstarter campaigns, social media sites, or other official source they are not genuine or they are being offered second hand.
We are passionate about what we do. More importantly, we are committed to running an honest small business and we are grateful for your kind support.
I have a question not listed here.
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