NEW YORK (AP) — The fan who returned Derek Jeter’s ball from his 3,000th hit will get a bit of personal memorabilia — his own baseball card.

Topps will produce a trading card featuring Christian Lopez that will be included in sets later this year. Company vice president for sports Mark Sapir says Topps employees were impressed by Lopez’s selfless act.

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The 23-year-old could have kept the ball and sold it for a small fortune. Instead he said Jeter deserved to have the keepsake.

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Sapir says Topps also will have Lopez choose the image for its
2012 Derek Jeter card.

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