Over time, MTV evolved into anything but music television. In the early 90's, MTV paired athletes and musicians for an annual game of softball. Since this was during the peak of cardboard collecting, MTV produced a trading card set to promote their 1992 Rock n' Jock game.
So if you're a fan of promotional cards, 90's oddballs, or even the rhymes of MC Hammer... then this set is for you:
1992 MTV Rock n' Jock #1
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Stanley Burrell who worked as a batboy for the Oakland Athletics. Eventually he grew up, changed his name to MC Hammer, and turned into a hip hop/pop icon.
By 1992, he had just wrapped up two successful albums in back to back years and was on top of the music world... which is exactly why MTV chose him to be in this set.
1992 MTV Rock n' Jock #2
1992 MTV Rock n' Jock #3
And rounding out the three card promotional set was The Kid. At the time, Griffey was arguably the hottest player in the hobby. Three years after his MLB debut, he was only 21 years old and already a two-time all-star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Eventually... Hammer's popularity would fade, but Griffey and Thomas would end up slugging it out for several more years.
Ironically... two decades later, it's The Hammer that's still performing and both The Big Hurt and The Kid who have hung up their cleats, while waiting to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
As for the 1992 MTV Rock n' Jock set... (IMHO) it's truly an awesome set that has stood the test of time. If you're interested, they're readily available on eBay for around $8.
Happy Friday and sayonara!