For many collectors, the Kazuo Uzuki April Fool’s gag by Topps was the final straw. Seeded once in every 72 packs of 2008 Topps, Kazuo cards were hot items on eBay where many collectors failed to catch on to the joke.
On the back of the card Topps wrote that the 5’11” teenager had a fastball clocked at 104 MPH. That’s really all it took for some to buy into the hype, despite the fact that no one could find any information on “Kazuo Uzuki”.
As it turns out, the guy pictured on the card was not any kind of prospect but a New York University law student named Sensen Lin. He made a total of $600 for the whole stunt and did a pretty interesting interview with the Wall Street Journal which you can read HERE.