In my return to collecting, one thing I have come to expect is one hoax after another from the last two companies producing baseball cards. There’s a Derek Jeter card out there that features Mickey Mantle & George W. Bush, a Barry Bonds Upper Deck Sweet Spot card signed by an asterisk, and now an ’08 Topps card with the Red Sox celebrating their 2007 World Series win, except someone included a poorly-Photoshopped image of Mafia-friendly, former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani celebrating, despite being a lifelong New York Yankees fan.
Adding to all these cheap gimmicks is a very interesting card of a guy by the name of Kazuo Uzuki. As you can see from the scan below, it too looks like another bad Photoshop job by the guys at Topps. The question on everyone’s mind is; who is he? Also, how old is he? Is he even a ball player? From the few cards of his that have made their way onto eBay, it looks as if there is no Gold Parallel version. Also, if you Google his name, there are no real results, just topic after topic from baseball card message boards about the card itself.
Topps, one thing is to Photoshop some stupid image onto a real player’s card but if you put out a baseball card of some little league kid or someone’s son from your company, all you are doing is toying with the emotions of the people who buy your products. For your sake, I hope it is a card of a real prospect and not another one of theses “jokes”.
Speaking of bad ideas, Upper Deck has been doing some political wrangling as well with a set they are calling Presidential Predictors. The cards feature all the candidates in baseball-friendly cartoons (Barack Obama as Steve Bartman, etc.). Well, check out Upper Deck’s phony P.R guy’s statement about one card that was not suppose to be included because it was considered “somewhat controversial”.
“We literally had to go back to the hoppers on the floor and start pulling the Hillary cards out manually,” says one UD official. “We thought we got them all.”
Yeah, sure thing. What’s even worse is that one of the cards has made it into a pack and is now on eBay. Shame on all you 24 (and counting) who have bid on such a cheap attempt at publicity. Personally, I could care less about her politics but to me this image is revolting. Hillary is the type of woman that you have do your taxes, not someone you marry. Poor Slick Willy. I don’t blame him for going after some side meat, albeit, extra large side meat. Come to think of it, maybe Slick Willy knew what he was doing.(NSFW).