Product Review: MLB Insiders Club Fleece Blanket

Here's a sample of what the fleece looks like.

Here's a sample of what the fleece looks like.

During cold weather games, many fans bring a blanket with them to the stadium to stay warm. The MLB Insiders Club has recently come out with their own blankets, presumably to be used in this manner, to be passed out to their members.

The fleece blankets have a common design, but one can acquire it with whatever team logo they want. The blanket features the team’s primary logo in the center of the blanket with the secondary logo in the upper right hand corner. The team’s name is depicted on both the upper left and lower right corners with the Insiders’ logo appearing on the lower left corner. Both the secondary logo and the Insiders’ logo appear on top of the team’s secondary color which is sectioned off by stitches as if the corners were part of an actual baseball.

The seam of the blanket has a string going around it. It doesn’t actually hold any part of the blanket together; it is simply there for the look.

The blanket is comparable to the fleece blankets that have been giving out at stadiums across the country as a way to get people to the parks (much like bobble head dolls) over the past couple seasons. These specific blankets do seem to be a bit heavier than the giveaway items would be, but they are by no mean’s going to replace someone’s comforter.

The fleece fixture is almost large enough to fit the entire size of a twin bed. The warmth is not great, but could possibly be used as an extra layer or as the primary blanket on a brisk afternoon. The appearance is the most appealing part of the featured blanket as the colors really do stand out and the team logo reverberates with the darker background.

This product can only be acquired by joining the MLB Insiders’ club. It is currently the major free gift that the club is offering to its newest members. The club primarily accrues its members on an invitation bases only, but it is possible to join without an invite if one simply looks up the club online. The blanket does take about three months after joining the club to arrive in the mail, but it does come free with membership.

The adornment would probably be served best as something that was on display, rather than actually in use. Either hanging it up or draping it over the back of a couch would create a great addition to any fans’ den.

There are many other member benefits for joining the club including a year of the MLB Insiders Club Magazine (a review of which will be featured on in the coming weeks), an opportunity to try new MLB products not yet released to the public, books that are only available to club members and various trinkets such as stickers and key chains.

Be warned that if one does join the club that they do tend to try to get people to purchase extra entities without being explicit about their true intentions. While this is true, they do an excellent job of understanding and canceling any membership or payments if a client is displeased with their service, usually without any questions asked.

The Grade: 3.25/5.

Bill Jordan is a contributor to He can be reached by e-mail at

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  1. frank

    March 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    i signed my 8 year old son up for this program,now all that he gets is magazine offers and other offers that hes not old enough must have sold my child info to others,so beware.oh yea its is unlawfull to solicit to a minor.

  2. BillJordan

    March 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Since they offered me the program, I have not been solicited with anything that was not from the MLB Insider’s Club. Not saying it can’t happen, but I just wanted to add my experience.

    Please check out BillJordan’s last blog post..IBAF Submits Proposal Backing Baseball in Olympics!

  3. Mike J.

    October 16, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I wouldn’t join the “Insider’s Club” to get the blanket. You’ll probably not ever actually get the blanket anyway, but you’ll be sorry. This company is a joke and I’ll doubt that they are actually affiliated with MLB at all.

  4. Tom S

    October 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I got my blanket quite promptly! I haven’t been solicited with any other outside offers either! I think it’s a great club…just my two cents.

  5. Tom S

    October 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Also, the blanket is nothing to write home about…but it’s a nice fleece blanket. I wouldn’t use it to try to keep warm outside…but it’s great for when your sitting on the couch at night. I’ve received a couple of offers from the MLB club…a book offer that I simply returned as I didn’t want it. There was no hassle whatsoever.

  6. Christy S

    November 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I haven’t received my blanket yet and I paid for my membership over two months ago. There isn’t any information for the MLB Insiders Club on, but after a little digging I realized that North American Membership Group is the company that runs MLB Insiders Club.

    I called their office to see if I could find out the status on my blanket and I was greeted with a “Our Office is closed…call back during business hours, M-F, 7:30am-8pm Central Time”. Funny thing is, its only 5pm Central Time. Hmmmmm. Not looking good.

  7. JIM

    January 23, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I just placed an order a week ago. i hopw i didnt get screwed.

  8. Laverne Schopper

    February 27, 2010 at 10:56 am


  9. Jim Cramer

    April 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I too was doubtful to begin with. However, I have received the blanket(Phillies), and after paying my Life dues, I just received my Phillies jacket. They may be slow but so far, with me at least, they have delivered everything promised. Charter Life Member #00017306.

  10. Rod Douglas

    May 15, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Hey’ Bill Jordon I guess your not used to much if you think that fleece blanket is
    worth the membership. Just walk into K-Mart
    in the fabric section and purchase a square yard of the same material for $7 or $8. Just received yesterday for a pitch to
    become a lifetime member and get a free black jacket,free sports bag, free cap, free key chain, patch and decals for only $28.95 a month for a year. The items are supposed to have the logo of your favorite team. So you spend about $330 for a life time membership. For that much I could afford buy a replica jersey and an actual jacket from my favorite team and in the team colors and actual team logo.
    The question I have, Does MAJOR LEAGUE
    BASEBALL endorse the MLB Insiders Club?

  11. Leon VELDHUIS

    August 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I want to enter the giveaway contest but I cant find out how you dont show where to sign up Thank you

  12. chip

    November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    MLB insiders club is a sham. Joined as a life time member never got the jacket was sent a book I did not want or asked for sent it back and get a bill monthly for it even though i keep calling and told them I sent it back. Requested a refund but they only give them within thirty days but of course you don’t recieve anything that quickly to determine if it was worth it. Do not join I recieved 1 magazine and that was it then I was told they they are not monthly so what are they twice a year.

  13. SUE

    May 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm


  14. David

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    My wife ordered this for our anniversary. She paid in advance. I got the first issue of the magazine but they are still billing me and I have not received the blanket. Anyone have a phone number for them?

  15. Bill Jordan

    July 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm


    I dont have a phone number, but this is their e-mail address:

    If they call me again (which they most likely will) I will get that information for you.

    Thanks for the inforation and hope that can continue to provide you with what you need when you need it.


  16. Don

    July 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I joined–major MLB fan for decades, so I got sucked into the “lifetime” membership idea. The fleece jacket was valid inasmuch as I only felt I was fleeced. The thing looks good but is obviously VERY cheaply made. The gym bags are actually the most quality item they give–mine is sturdy, lots of nice compartments including a mesh one on the side, shoulder strap with comfortable pad–lots of room. Nice logos on both side, and while the MLB Insider logo is “official” — you can FORGET any “official” logo of your favorite team. I like the cubs… so I get this nice cyan-sort of bluish C, with Chicago cubs written around it in the same light blue shade–positively NO actual Cub logo. The same for the so-called $200 jacket. It’s a fairly nice jacket; but don’t you believe for a minute it’s worth the $200 no way, no how. and the logo? You got it! Another dark cyan embroidered C with Chicago Cubs–I was furious because the picture they showed on the handout showed someone wearing a jacket with an actual team logo. And you will NOT get your jacket until AFTER your membership fees are paid in full–forget any returns, they say “allow six-eight weeks for delivery”–mine took about ten. Of course by then it was too late to say I want to cancel and get my money back. I love baseball–but would have done better going directly to and purchasing a REAL jacket with the REAL team logo–this one is an UN-FUNNY joke! You can’t even SEE the so-called logo from any distance. The worst part is that while not a subsidiary (as far as I know) of MLB, they ARE sanctioned by them, or they couldn’t use that MLB logo the way they do. Save yourself the money and a lot of grief–this outfit is a sham.


  17. Bill Jordan

    July 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience Don. Insider’s Club is certainly sanctioned by the MLB. However, with the rash of complaints over the past couple years, perhaps that is something MLB will reconsider, as it is clearly affecting their brand.

    I have talked with a few people who have signed up for the Lifetime Membership and received numberous calls and mailings to join myself. Each story makes me even happier I didnt take that step.


  18. george stuart

    August 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  19. Lisa D

    February 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I just cancelled my membership (again) today in writing. It seems the other three cancellelations by phone did not work nor did it stop them from sending me books. The flimsy, yet nice looking team blanket and two magazines I received was not worth the aggravation.

    I still love baseball, tho.

  20. Bill Jordan

    February 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Certainly glad this negative experience hasn’t changed your love of our nation’s historic game. Thanks for reading!

  21. Sean Kelly

    March 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I just recieved the offer in the mail and I “won” all four gifts. Is that standard operating procedure or was I lucky? And those who have received the gifts, how long did it take to actually receive them?

  22. Bill Jordan

    March 3, 2012 at 12:29 am


    As you can see from the previous comments, there are some mixed emotions regarding the program. There have been reports of the gifts taking quite a while to arrive, but others have said they have come fairly quickly. The general charge is $24 a year, so you should weigh whether that amount is worth what you will receive. I would recommend not signing up for anything like their Lifetime Membership program until you have seen how they work for at least a year.


  23. Sean Kelly

    March 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Ok that sound good thanx for the input. Now did everyone win all 4 prizes?

  24. Bill Jordan

    March 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Everyone I have talked to has received all four prizes.

  25. Sean Kelly

    March 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Damn I’m not that lucky then! Thanx bill let me know if u guys get a time frame on ur stuff as I will do the same for yours.

  26. William Young

    March 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I joined the club, thought it would be cool. Received the swag for joining along with a World Series MVP book, I thought it was high quality for a free gift. UNTIL I GOT THE BILL A MONTH LATER!!! I called them to protest, and they ‘took care of it’….I still got 5 invoices asking for payment for the book…I just cancelled my 12 dollar membership to pay for their 12 dollar book. Hope they choke on it! Baseball fans beware!!!! I reported them to the Better Business Bureau.

  27. Bill Jordan

    March 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm


    Your story is certainly not unique. I too received a book shortly after joining the club and thereafter received a bill. To this day, that bill has not been paid. I was actually in a used book store the other day and saw someone selling one of these books and asked them about it. They said they had received the book four months ago and had since received five invoices. The company considered having the book a “trial” and that if not given back after it was read, they assume the person wanted the book and therefore should pay for it.


  28. Sean Kelly

    March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    So I just recieved my first in voice stating that the “free gift” are included with a paid subscription. My first payment is due 4/3/12 and my “free” gifts should arrive “on or around 4/3/12. Am I wrong to have the feeling I will not receive anything if I do not send them a payment first?

  29. Anthony Tiroletto

    March 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I joined back in 2009,I paid my lifetime dues. I got everything they said I’d get but all I get now is a magazine, what happened to the FREE baseball gear giveaways and the lifelong product tester of baseball gear, Electronics, grill accessories. they got my $300 and now I don’t hear from them at all

  30. Bill Jordan

    March 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm


    I would agree with your assessment about the payment. At times the gifts are just little note pads and stickers, so you might get those ahead of time, but anything substantial would wait.


    Thanks for sharing about the lifetime membership. I know many of our readers have received the request, but this is the first time we have heard from someone in the time after they signed up.


  31. Sean Kelly

    March 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    All I have yet to recieve is a statement. Nothing else at all. No gift, no offers, no magazine, no information at all! What is this all about? Just to get my personal info out there to other companies?

  32. Bill Jordan

    March 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm


    Despite not being too happy with the Insider’s Club experience. I have not found that they have sold my information to another company. However, this can happen right under our noses.


  33. Sean Kelly

    March 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Well I just got a letter congratulating me on becoming a member. I got a Phillies decal for my car and a notice saying I will recieve my free gifts, AFTER I make my first payment of $24. This is a bullshit company. I haven’t even recieved a magazine yet!! Why would I pay when it was supposed to be a free issue too??!!!?

  34. Bill Jordan

    March 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the update again Sean. This is quite a timeline you are putting together for our readers.

  35. Sean Kelly

    April 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I’m sorry if I’m mistaking, but r u taking a shot at me?

  36. Bill Jordan

    April 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm


    Sorry, you are mistaken. That was not my intent at all.


  37. Tom O

    April 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Sean, thanks for posting as often as you did. I just received information on the MLB Insiders club today in the mail and I have decided to take a pass on signing up.

  38. Vanessa

    October 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Ive tried to cancel my membership 3 times in writing and they keep sending me invoices… Does anyone have a phone number i can call too??

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