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36 Times Dope: Yo! MTV Raps box break finale

Posted in 36 Times Dope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

36timesdopedonecancelSometimes you bite off a little more than you can chew.

About two months ago I started the “36 Times Dope” series, a feature showcasing the contents of each pack of a single box of 1991 Pro Set “Yo! MTV Raps” cards. Through the first 10 packs everything went fine. Then I began seeing several doubles and my knowledge of the rap game was not good enough to sustain the level of entertainment I’d hoped to provide. Over recent weeks I’d hoped to revisit the series, but alas here I am on March 23 calling it quits.

My goals with the project were two-fold: 1, break a box and provide mildly entertaining and pithy comments about the artists featured, while showcasing their music through videos; 2, to work my way to an entire 150-card set. The latter, I figured, was a foregone conclusion given that there were 360 cards in the box.

As it turned out, I wound up THREE cards short. After reviewing the contents in their entirety, it appears that this “update” box featured at least two or three “high series” (cards 101-150) per pack, thereby screwing the collation of the low series. Blasphemy.

But these efforts were not lost. During my box break, I also picked up another goal — to create the first (I think) Online gallery featuring every card in the “Yo!” set.

So it is without further adieu that I bring to you the “Yo! MTV Raps Card Gallery,” featuring an almost complete set of “Yo!” cards. If you’re reading this and have the three cards missing from this set, please contact me, I’ve got lots of doubles and triples.

–Newspaperman

36 Times Dope: Yo! MTV Raps Box Break (Part IX)

Posted in Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

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We’re now a quarter of the way through this box and today we get our first look at The Beastie Boys, also as an early look at Busta Rhymes riding on the handle bars of a bicycle. No joke.

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36 Times Dope: The “YO! MTV Raps” Box Break (Part I)

Posted in Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

111_0772For 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. Continue reading