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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 X)

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

PACK TEN

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 IX)

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

PACK NINE36timesdopedone

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: Yo! MTV Raps Box Break (Part VIII)

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

PACK EIGHT

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

36 Times Dope: YO! MTV Raps Box Break (Part VII)

Posted in Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

PACK SEVEN

36timesdopedoneThe good news: We’re seven packs deep and we have not seen a single duplicate card; a complete set may be in sight. The bad news: Some of these names look awfully familiar. By the way, we’ve got a Kool Moe Dee sighting.

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36 Times Dope: YO! MTV Raps Box Break (Part V)

Posted in Yo! MTV RAPS Box Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

PACK FIVE

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The fifth installment of this 36-part series brings us a double shot of Vanilla. Word to your motha. Continue reading

36 Times Dope: “Yo! MTV Raps” Box Break (Part II)

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

PACK TWO

yopack Check out the wrapper for these rap cards. Got to love the lingo: “New Crews! New Pics!” Aw yeah, contents of pack two are inside, suckas. Continue reading