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Fanchest Sports Box – Pittsburgh Penguins Box Review

Fanchest Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 box review

Fanchest ($59.00+ per box) is a sports gift box filled with officially licensed merchandise from your favorite NHL, NFL, and college teams. It’s not a subscription—each box is a one-time purchase—but what’s included in each box is always a surprise. While the contents are ever-evolving, Fanchest promises a thoughtfully curated mix of high-quality items like collectibles, home decor, fan gear, apparel, and more.

Fanchest Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 box unboxing

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Fanchest Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 box all items review

About Fanchest

The Box: Fanchest

The Cost: Fanchests start at $59.00. Shop boxes for your favorite team here!

The Products: A surprise assortment of officially licensed merchandise from your favorite NHL, NFL, and college teams, including collectibles, decor, apparel, and fan gear.

Ships to: US and Canada. Free shipping to contiguous US.

My Pittsburgh Penguins Fanchest Review 2019


The paperwork in the box included a card about Fanchest and second card with a scratch-off game!


Pittsburgh Penguins Adjustable Gold Baseball Cap

To my boyfriend and I, this classic yellow-gold cap was the highlight of the box. My boyfriend wears a baseball hat almost every day, so it was cool to get something that he’ll be able to use regularly. (And that I’ll be able to steal from time to time!)

The hat is surprisingly sturdy with a soft, just solid weave. The band in the back is sealed with Velcro—it looks crisp and polished, especially in comparison to a traditional snapback. If I’m being picky, I could say that the embroidery isn’t the neatest, but nobody in this household is going to turn their nose up at this hat for that reason.


Pittsburgh Penguins Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug

We’ve already been getting a lot of use out of this steel tumbler. It’s made to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, and does a pretty decent job. I’ve used it with tea a few times and was impressed by how long my tea stayed toasty. And despite the heavy duty heat control, it’s not terribly heavy to carry nor bulky to hold.


Pittsburgh Penguins Champions Plaque and Coin

Neither my boyfriend nor I were that wowed by this collectible, but we’re also not the types to hang a lot of sports memorabilia around the house. I also don’t know that much about collectible “medallions”—is a coin like this a valuable find, or is it just a unique way to celebrate our Stanley Cup wins? Let me know, hockey fans!

I will say it was cool that this plaque came with a certificate of authenticity. One of the things I like about this box is that it’s not just a fan-curated box of black and gold gear—it’s a box of legit, licensed Penguins merch. Including a certificate of authenticity drives that point home.


Pittsburgh Penguins “Go Pens Go” Rally Towel

Another great find! Pittsburgh loves rally towels (Terrible Towel, anyone?), from the football stadium to the hockey arena. No doubt we’ll be bringing this soft, rectangular towel to a game in the future, whether we’re watching it in person or cheering from the comfort of our couch.

The Verdict: The four items in our box were pretty cool, and the quality was great. I’m going to remember Fanchest the next time I need a gift for a sports fan in a pinch. If I’m shopping for myself, I think I’d rather spend that $59 picking specific items that really fit my style. (For instance, I probably wouldn’t get that framed medallion plaque for myself.) I also wish I could see what I was getting from Fanchest before it arrived. But the average cost of each item was decidedly less than what I’d expect to pay for similar items in stores. (Merch can get PRICEY.) And if I received the box as a gift, in which case, I’m already prepared for a surprise, I think it’d be a lot of fun to unpack.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? You can get a Pittsburgh Penguins box, but the specific items inside the box may vary. Find out more here.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $59.00 +free shipping, meaning each item had an average value of about $14.75.

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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Comments (2)

  1. I just ordered the deluxe (new 2019 version of the box) Cleveland Browns box for $89. I received the same items as you, except of course for the team name and colors. I have been trying to figure out why your box was only $59. Was I given the wrong box? On their site it seems to me that these 2019 boxes are $89 and there are still some remaining 2018 boxes that are still $59, but include 5 different items? I even found an video through their blog that says they were selling these exact items for $95 per box.

  2. You got a much better box than I ever got from them. I got the same box twice – 100% repeats except for a different hat color even though the box was a different series. Another time I ordered a hockey box with an autographed puck. I got a college football box instead for a totally different part of the country. Returned the box and got the box I wanted with the exact same items as the football box but instead of the t-shirt I got the autographed puck. I called CS and they said the puck (which I paid extra for) comes with one less item. So I paid extra for the puck yet the switched out the most expensive box item for the extra item I paid extra for. Never again. Maybe this is a good box if you have a big market team like the Yankees, Braves, Steelers or Cowboys but if you follow a smaller market team like San Jose or Carolina you won’t get anything here that you won’t find anywhere else. And you might get lucky enough to get it twice. Just my experience.

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