Fan Essentials Unboxing & Review


[embed][/embed] Subscription boxes are all the rage nowadays. You can have anything from clothes to makeup to food to grass shipped to you. Yes, grass. So it should come as no surprise that there is an option for sports fans. Actually, there are a few subscription boxes for sports fans, but today we’re looking at Fan Essentials because it’s made just for NBA fans. Fan Essentials is also sponsoring our Playoffs Bracket Challenge, so we thought we’d do a review so you know a little more about the service.

Here are the basics of Fan Essentials:

First, it’s just for NBA fans. When you sign up for a subscription, you select your favorite team, so everything you get in your box every month will be gear from that team. What kind of stuff will you get? Well, every box will be different. Some items that past boxes have included are shirts, sunglasses, keychains, buttons, scarfs, stickers, and pretty much just anything that’s ever been made that has your favorite team name and logo on it. And this is all unique gear. It’s not like they just grabbed stuff from the NBA store and put it in a box. A lot of it will be custom gear designed exclusively for Fan Essentials. It’s stuff that no one else will have. (Well, unless they’re also subscribed to Fan Essentials.)

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So, you sign up, pick your favorite team, specify your gender (some boxes may contain gender-specific items), tell them your shirt size, and select your term. The term options are month-to-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month. You’re going to save money if you sign up for a longer term, but keep in mind that you pay the total cost upfront and your subscription automatically renews when your term is over. Now, there are currently two subscription options listed, The Rookie and The Veteran. The Rookie is $14.99 a month and comes with 2-3 items and The Veteran is $34.99 and comes with 5-6 items; however, when I spoke with the guys at Fan Essentials while preparing our Bracket Challenge, I was told that The Rookie subscription may be discontinued so if you don’t see it when you sign up, that’s why.

My biggest gripe with NBA gear is that it’s so freakin’ expensive and my biggest gripe with a lot of subscription boxes is that you can only keep what you want to pay extra for.

Now that you’ve signed up, you’re all set. Your box will be shipped right to your door, which is an excellent opportunity to geek out and let your inner child out, at least a little.

Now for the fun part - finding out what you got. I specified that I’m a Mavericks fan so everything in my box was Mavericks team gear. I got a long-sleeved shirt, a canvas tote, an officially licensed Mavericks lanyard, and a towel. There are a few things to note here. First, since not everything is officially licensed product, you’ll notice that it won’t contain the official logo of your team. So, for example, on the towel, there is a silhouette of a horse, and while the Mavericks’ mascot is a horse, this is not the horse used in the logo. Whereas on the officially licensed lanyard, you can see the official team logo. This will also play out in the fonts and other graphics. Now, I’m cool with that. It doesn’t bother me, but I wanted to point it out. Also, this is the veteran box so I received 4 items. If it was the rookie box, there would only be 2-3 items.

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Ok, so what do I think of the items? Would I be happy with this? Would I use or wear this stuff? Is it worth $35?  

I probably will end up using all of these items, because, well, I have them. Honestly, I’d probably only buy the tote and shirt if I just saw all of the items in a store. Does that turn me off the idea? Not really. I mean this is subscription box. You’re always going to get some stuff you love and some stuff you don’t really need. That’s just the nature of the beast. Someone else may find the lanyard to be really handy, or may go to a lot of games and would like to wave the towel. And remember too that you get different stuff every month.

Is it worth $35, the price my box would have been? Well, that depends on your situation. If you’re on a tight budget, then this probably isn’t worth the extra pennies. However, if you’re a diehard NBA fan and you’ve got 15 or 35 extra dollars you can spare, considering how expensive NBA gear can be, yes, this is a good deal.

My biggest gripe with NBA gear is that it’s so freakin’ expensive and my biggest gripe with a lot of subscription boxes is that you can only keep what you want to pay extra for. With Fan Essentials you get awesome NBA gear that you can keep for only $15-35 a month. To me, that’s a win-win.

So that’s Fan Essentials. If you like the idea and want your own box, go to And let us know what you think of this review. Do you want to see more subscription boxes for sports fans? Let us know!