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Please, Hammer, don’t hurt ’em

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

In the early 90s, there was nothing cooler than MTV. And one time during the year, the sports and music worlds would collide with the annual Rock ‘n Jock Softball Game.

The game was usually cheesy as hell, packed full of shenanigans designed to entertain more than showcase any athletic talent the participants possessed. Nonetheless, the game was a staple in my television viewing for a good three- to five-year span.

One distinct memory I have is of MC Hammer (or Hammer) taking a monster swing during a game and barely hitting the ball — the epitome of a swinging bunt.

It was indeed good times.

So imagine my reaction when I located this 1992 MTV Rock N Jock Softball “Limited Edition” (of 20,000) card of Hammer on I didn’t even know the card existed.

My jaw dropped, my bind was blown, and my wallet was quickly emptied. (Psst, it really only cost me a quarter.)

One thing is for sure …

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.


36 Times Dope: Yo! MTV Raps box Break (Part XI)

Posted in 36 Times Dope with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by Cardboard Icons



What? You thought this series faded away? Not a chance in hell. After a week hiatus we return with Part Eleven with cameo appearances from the crew from Revenge of the Nerds and the Sugar Hill Gang. Word. Continue reading

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

Posted in 36 Times Dope, Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


36timesdopedoneJust when I was about to note the fact that we have not seen a single duplicate in the box, we hit a pack with 80 percent doubles. Nonetheless, there is still reason to discuss these cards as it gives us an opportunity to watch some awesome 90s rap videos. Also, one of these rappers is sporting a Zack Morris cell phone. Continue reading

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

Posted in Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


36timesdopedoneOK, I’m about a day and a half behind schedule here. My goal was to post one pack every day, but life happens, ya know. You go to a car dealership at 2 in the afternoon, and next thing you know it’s 9 p.m. and you’re leaving with a new car. Anyway, here are the contents of Pack Eight. Hammer lives. Continue reading