Twenty-three years after George Plimpton and Sports Illustrated gave us Sidd Finch, Topps has issued a "Future Star" card of a Japanese teenage pitching sensation named Kazuo "The Uzi" Uzuki.
He's only sixteen and has a fastball clocked at 104 MPH!
Two years ago, as a fourteen-year-old, he was invited to tryout for Japan's World Baseball Classic team.
And, according to the back of his short-printed 2008 Topps card, one scout says he's the best pitching prospect he's seen in three decades!
But wait a sec. If there really was a 16 year-old in Japan who could hit 104 on the Jugs gun, and was invited to try out for the Japanese World Baseball Classic team at 14, don't you think he'd be a household name on this side of the Pacific already?
And besides, don't they use the metric system in Japan?
Does Topps really, really, think we're this stupid?
(h/ts to Short Printed and Wax Heaven)