Subscription services are all the rage right now, and sports fans can get in on the action with Sports Crate. For $39.99 a month, you can get a box of gifts related to your favorite team (limited to just ten teams right now, including the Royals). Each month you will get 5-7 team-specific items, and also get the chance to possibly win VIP experiences throughout the year. You can cancel at any time, although there is a discount for signing up for the entire year.
I decided to give the subscription service a try, and found the first offering to be, well, underwhelming. Take a look.
Yea, the video image is reversed for some reason, but Duffy is left-handed. But is that Duffy? Looks more like Wade Davis.
Here are some pictures.
Here's what I ended up getting from Sports Crate for $40. pic.twitter.com/U9HorQc7Ti— Max Rieper (@maxrieper) May 22, 2017
Plus this non-Royals fanny pack looking thing and a baseball card. pic.twitter.com/AjSbk78PZF— Max Rieper (@maxrieper) May 22, 2017
The t-shirt is...ugly. Like, what is going on there? There is no name or number on the back, just the corporate logo for SPORTS CRATE. The fanny pack-type thing has no Royals logo at all. Frankly, it looks like something you get for free for showing up to your corporate retreat.
My expectations weren’t all that high. A decent t-shirt, a small poster, and a bobblehead probably would have satisfied me. But this just seems like leftover stuff from a bad Royals giveaway. The best gift was probably the Danny Duffy figure, but it is much smaller than I expected. I’ll give it another month to see if the swag improves, but that was a pretty underwhelming experience after waiting several weeks.
Did you sign up yet? What did you think of the first box?