36 Times Dope: The “YO! MTV Raps” Box Break (Part I)
For about a year I’ve had this wonderful little box of unopened cards sitting in the truck of my car. I found this box of 1991 Pro Set “Yo! MTV Raps:Update” at a thrift store for a whole $3 and had intended to resell it on eBay. But to my surprise, the boxes don’t sell for much; I would have barely make my money back.
So for 12 months it ripened in my trunk, until Super Bowl Sunday, 2009, when my wife and I went shopping with our daughter before the game. When I pulled the stroller from the trunk, I spotted the box again and entertained the idea of just busting the box for fun. After all, I’ve been waiting all weekend to open packs of 2009 Topps baseball (Wednesday, baby!), and opening some of this stuff might soothe my itch.
So, from now through the first two weeks of March, each day I will post the contents of one pack, in the end hopefully ending up with an entire set of worthless, but entertaining cards. Who knows, maybe I’ll even be the proud owner of one of the rare “Bonus Hologram” collectibles advertised on the box. But if these holograms were anything like the Lombardi Trophy holograms from the football Pro Set series, odds are I’ll be S.O.L.
And just for kicks, I’m going to keep a running tab of M.C. Hammer and Vanilla Ice cards.
Without further adieu, here is pack No. 1, which I decided to let my wife open.
*Note: For full-size images, click the name of the card.
How awesome is this? I decide to keep a running tally of this guy and he is on the very first card we pulled. It’s interesting to note that the back of these cards offer the real name of the artist pictured on the front, as well as a little “Yo! Fact.” In this case, the card notes that YO! MTV Raps debuted Hammer’s first video (“Turn This Mutha Out”) on March 11, 1989. By the time we finish this box, this video will officially be 20 years old. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
When I was younger – as in when these cards were brand new – I used to run around my sixth grade science classing singing “Momma Said Knock You Out.” The ladies loved it. Not cause it was sexy or hardcore, but because it was funny as hell. Word.
Oh, Boy. Funny little note about this card. The back features a secondary picture of ‘Dre and Ed Lover. Want to guess whose pictured with them? Kirk Burrell, aka MC Hammer. Does this count as a Hammer card?
So while my wife thumbed through these cards, she stopped dead in her tracks when she saw this card. She said the name of the crew and then paused. Her next words were classic: “But none of them are black.” Flippin’ awesome. God, I love my wife.
Interesting factoid: The back of this card pictures ONLY Michael Bivins. Hmmm …
Real Name: Fred Brathwaite. Wait, isn’t there an NHL goalie who goes by the same name?
I credit The Jon from TheBaseballStars for schooling me on the fact that Busta Rhymes was part of the Leaders of the New School. I listened to rap in the 90s and liked it, but to say I’m a fan is stretchin’ it. The Jon on the other hand, as well as Oz and PoiDog, two of my cohorts at TheBaseballStars.com are big time into real rap, not this commercialized garbage on the radio now.
About the card, there are five guys pictured, but only four listed on the back of the card. What’s up with that?
Dude, Dana Owens has come a long way, hasn’t she?
Who the hell is Nikki D? Apparently she was the first female rapper on the Def Jam records label. Good times … and I don’t seem to give a flying bleep.
From the back of the card: “An Afrocentric group, Tribe feels that they are real and are not jumping on a pro-black bandwagon.” Oh, the Drama. Word.
I forgot to mention this earlier, but each pack comes with a game piece that at one time could have been eligible for some awesome prizes. Fifth Place (3,000) was a YO! MTV Raps lapel pin; Fourth Place (1,500) Yo! MTV Raps T-shirt; Third Place (500) Yo! MTV Raps Watch; Second-Place (100) Black Satin MTV jacket; First Place (10) a personalized gold record; Grand Prize (1) An all-expenses paid trip to New York to watch a live taping of Yo! MTV Raps. Oh, snap!
I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to win one of those second-place prizes. Satin jackets are sooooooooo 1980s. For the record, I’ll be using the flashlight technique (place light source directly behind the scratcher area to reveal what’s been hidden; think 1992 Topps Baseball Gold Winners) instead of actually scratching off the card. I don’t want to deal with the mess.
Anyway, this card was not a winner: “You missed the groove, make another move!”
So far in this box:
MC Hammer – 1
Vanilla Ice – 0
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