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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.


25,000 Page View Contest

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


This happened much faster than I could have imagined. Over the last two weeks I’d been basking in the glory of eclipsing the 20,000 page-view mark. And in the last few days I’ve seen readership spike, particularly yesterday when someone went on a rampage and looked at all my Yo! MTV Raps posts. (Note: That series is not dead or complete, I’ll be continuing it shortly.) But here I am on the verge of 25,000 views and I feel it is time for my first TRUE contest.

Now I’m aware that some blogs and companies may offer you nice, bright and shiny cards in return for your readership. Some of those cards are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. That’s great. But I’m a basic collector; I don’t have that kind of stuff to give away. But I do have an extra rookie card of one of the newest Hall of Famers: Rickey Henderson. Continue reading

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 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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