There are also some great novelty cards: if you're lucky, you can get a card of the jovial Yo! MTV Raps production staff. And who wouldn't love having their very own trading card of Yo!'s producer, the late, beloved Ted Demme?

Platinum League isn't the only one with contest cards, either. You might not win a car, but each pack of Yo!s came with an instant-win scratcher offering some neat prizes: a trip to a taping of the show, a personalized gold record, a black satin MTV jacket, or even a Yo! MTV Raps watch. I'd rather have that than a damn Rolex any day.

DAVID THORPE | dthorpe@phx.com

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