Topps released the first series of Topps Baseball in February, but it wasn’t until this week that the company revealed one of the cards in the product is an “April Fools” joke. The set features a card of Kazuo “The Uzi” Uzuki, supposedly a Japanese high school pitching phenom. What most people probably don’t know is that, in Japanese, the name Kazuo Uzuki means “the first son of April,” a tipoff to April Fool’s Day.
Listed at only 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, “The Uzi” was said to be known for his devastating 104 mph fastball and was “on his way to becoming the first Japan-based high-schooler to jump straight to professional baseball in America.”
“The Uzi” rookie card is found approximately 1:72 packs of cards.
Two years ago, Topps created headlines in the San Francisco area when it created a billboard near AT&T Park in San Francisco that simply said, “Trade Barry,” a reference to company spokesman Barry Bonds. A few days later, the billboard was modified to show the reference was to trading Topps cards of Bonds.