Thursday, August 6, 2015

Jupiterhill

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Don't worry, this isn't a Literature post, but inspired by other bloggers, it will be a musical one.  I don't plan on doing it much, but I like music and it gave me a chance to look up some and find new songs.

Why are we doing this and what is the theme?


Originally these boxes were $30.  About a month and a half ago I went to Walmart and spotted them marked down to $11.49.  On that day I passed on them.  I mean, sure a guaranteed Pete Rose autograph is a nice grab but he signs all the time, surely its not too hard to get one cheap.

I went home, and looked it up.  I haven't found too many cheap ones, and the ones I did came from this set and would be about $30.  Unless you watch ebay like a hawk then maybe a bit cheaper, and found a few for around $15, but they were from this set.  So I decided that if it was still there next time I went, I'd get it.

I went about 3 weeks later and it was still there, so I bought it.


First video is Seal's "Kiss From A Rose".  I also want to say I haven't checked out all these videos, so they may not work to well, I'm just using suggestions given to me from this site.  I've always liked this song and I sing along every time I hear it on the radio, so its a good starting point.


A terrible scan of the wrapper, but oh well.  I got 60 cards total so once I got home I checked and noticed it was only a 50 card set.  Maybe I can get them all, and hey, maybe I could flip them for about ten bucks keeping only the auto and costing under 2 bucks.  Hmmm.


Next song is Bon Jovi's "Bed Of Roses".  Its always been a good song to me, but not one I have to crank up when I hear it. I can sing along to it, but often don't.

Okay, let's see the cards.


These are decent designs, even though no logos appear on jerseys.  For that reason I like the cards without jerseys in them.  Pete must have liked reading the paper a lot, I guess he was looking for the betting lines.


How can I mention Rose and not have Poison?  "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"  will get cranked up 9 times out of 10, and sung along with about the same.  This says its from a show in St. Louis in 2007.  I think I remember wanting to go to that show despite not being the biggest Poison fan (aside from this and a couple other songs). Bret Michaels has been around here a few times since but I've missed him every time.


Aside from the logo-less jerseys, my biggest complaint might be that they are in black and white.  Imagine the color of that curtain on that last card.  These would really pop if they had color, even if it was only half the cards.


I like some Flyleaf music, but I never heard this one before.  I was fairly disappointed as I use to a much harder sound.  "Blue Roses" though is one of their newer songs, and I am curious to see what the rest of the album sounds like.


Even being in black and white, the actual action shots are still pretty good.  I like the variety they used for the set, and in the end I did manage to get the complete set with a few doubles.  After compiling it though, I decided to keep the set, but have no use for the dupes.


Lynn Anderson just recently passed away, but her major hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" is still a staple on many classic country stations. I admit its not one I listen to a lot, but its not a song that makes me change the station so its still good.


I thought I would show the backs of the cards.  They all use the same photo, so there isn't much to it.  These were the doubles I pulled in case someone is looking for a certain number.  I can set it aside for you.  I guess its okay, but I'd prefer to have different back photos on the back even if they were the same as the front side.  For $30 I feel its a little generic.  Glad I didn't pay that much.


I haven't heard this song in a long time, and I'm fine with that.  The few times in chorus we actually sang (and didn't watch Disney Movies) we would sing Bette Midler's "The Rose".  I actually liked the song, and how it was arranged, but we sang it every day, and for no real reason.  I got tired of it after a while.  I could probably sing the song without the lyrics if I tried hard enough.

So, what about the autograph?  Did I get it in the box, or did I get the cool one I had to send off for?


My preference would have been one in the box because I'd have it in hand that day, and that's what I got.  It even came with protection, so it worked out great.  The autograph itself isn't too great, but hey, I can say I have a Pete Rose autograph, I'm not complaining too much.

The card I got was even a nice one too. Sure no logo on the hat, but at least his glove covers what they washed away on his jersey.  I'd rather have an action shot logo anyway.

Did they change the back of the card compared to the regular version?


Nope, not really.  Then again, I doubt many people care what's on the back of an autograph card.

One final video, this one is simply called "Roses".


This is by the group Outkast, and it reminds me of a time when people actually cared enough to make decent videos, even though MTV and other outlets all but abandoned the concept.  I will watch this video in its entirety every time I see it.  It has a good amount of cameos too.

So that will wrap it up today, for under $12 I got a complete set and a Pete Rose autograph.  I won't complain about that at, and if they had another box at that price I'd be tempted to buy it just to maybe flip it (and see if I could get a nicer auto).

Thanks for reading, have a great night, and I hope everything comes up Roses for you guys.  Did I miss any song you expected, or any suggestions for me to check out?  Also did you like how I presented it, if enough people liked it I might try it again in the future.

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Tony Burbs
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8/6/15, 8:34 PM delete

Music and baseball cards, that's a port theme I can get behind! I've seen OutKast, Bret Michaels and Bon Jovi (twice) live and they were all worth the price of admission. Might I also suggest Monarchy of Roses by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rose Tattoo by the Dropkick Murphys?

As for the set, I totally understand why Leaf did it - but, I've never really dug sets based around a single player, especially such a large one. The lack of logos really doesn't help the monotony either. That said, there are some gems in there! Especially the champagne shot.

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P-town Tom
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8/6/15, 9:11 PM delete

I think we have the same music tastes. I like the harder stuff like Flyleaf, but can listen to a little country like Lynn Anderson. One difference though . . . I would turn up "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" 10 out of 10 times and then have it stuck in my head for the rest of the day each time.

Nice post!

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Matthew Scott
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8/7/15, 7:04 AM delete

My Target had those Rose boxes marked down last year. I still didn't pull the trigger. I'm just not a fan of his. $11.99 is a great deal though. Even with Rose signing all the time that seems more than reasonable.

I've seen Bon Jovi in concert. Not a huge fan, but he puts on a good show and plays to the crowd.

I saw Flyleaf when they were part of the Family Values tour back ~2006 or so. They were good, but it was a really short set as they were just getting going as a band.

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Jupiterhill
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8/7/15, 10:34 AM delete

I'm not a fan of single player specific sets either, but I figured it was worth it just for the autograph. I was surprised with the photography.

I did notice those songs from RHCP and DM, but didn't listen to them. I might have heard both before since I do listen to both bands often. I think I've even seen Dropkick Murphys play once. I really like their stuff.

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Jupiterhill
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8/7/15, 10:38 AM delete

I really go through phases, I had a country kick recently, but now I'm listening to mostly classic rock. I can take hard rock in doses, but when I do, I expect it to really rock and then I'm done. I've said before I'll listen to anything but classical and jazz, and I usually do.

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Jupiterhill
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8/7/15, 10:41 AM delete

I always wanted to go to one of those festivals but the closest I got was a couple Christian Music festivals. They were good, but I still wanted to check out Warped and Ozzfest to see how they were. It would have been nice to see Flyleaf back then. I had a chance to see them a few years ago but had to work.

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Bru
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9/5/15, 1:07 PM delete

I wound up nabbing one of these boxes at Target last year for 12 bucks, and had a very similar experience. I wouldn't chase it down normally, but as a set it's a nice little compilation of photography. My only complaint was that my sticker auto was pretty crooked (and I think it was Rose reading the newspaper, but I don't recall).

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