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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: 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