The National - Cherry Tree Club

Oooohhhh there are different colored slipmats! Hope my husband and I get diff ones!
I assume the keychain is different colored too! I don't know why they couldn't have tied in maybe like a swim cap or something with the floaty keychain to make it summer themed.

The magnet thing is confusing to me. They could have made a smaller sheet of National related magnets like the N icon, SWB house, Cherry Tree cherry, rather than just a sheet of all their songs. My guess is maybe people are intended to build a dream setlist but it is really clunky and I don't want to fill my fridge with all these magnets. I also don't use felt slip mats so it'll probably just sit in storage. I've gotten a few other slip mats from bundles over the years that I don't really do anything with.

Overall the freebees in this one is a little disappointing compared to what they've done in the past. If they're running out of ideas they should ask out to fans or hire a promotions company to create new items because some of these recent ones feel phoned in.
 
I assume the keychain is different colored too! I don't know why they couldn't have tied in maybe like a swim cap or something with the floaty keychain to make it summer themed.

The magnet thing is confusing to me. They could have made a smaller sheet of National related magnets like the N icon, SWB house, Cherry Tree cherry, rather than just a sheet of all their songs. My guess is maybe people are intended to build a dream setlist but it is really clunky and I don't want to fill my fridge with all these magnets. I also don't use felt slip mats so it'll probably just sit in storage. I've gotten a few other slip mats from bundles over the years that I don't really do anything with.

Overall the freebees in this one is a little disappointing compared to what they've done in the past. If they're running out of ideas they should ask out to fans or hire a promotions company to create new items because some of these recent ones feel phoned in.
We both received the blue slipmat, which is slightly disappointing. Waiting to see what color my daughter gets and see if she's willing to trade.

I think that the magnets with titles are a throwback to the beginning of last tour - on Bryan's instagram, there was a post with a display board filled with song titles in different columns. I'd have to dig up the image online - I think it was a story not an actual post so it's long gone now. But, as I recall it was Scott's idea to start playing more of their deeper catalog / tracks on tour and that's where the song board originated.

Of course, I'm probably just reading too much into it 😂

We attended two of the Chicago shows with tracks on side 2 - Walk it Back and Space Invader. Had tix to New Haven, but bailed on the show because it was just too much travel.

And yes, I agree - a swim cap would be great.
 
I think each freebee has been a hit and miss for each volume, personally my ratings

Vol. 1
  • Scarf - hit
  • Patch - hit
  • Tote Bag - mid
  • Iron on decall - miss
Vol. 2
  • Beanie - huge hit
  • Arm band - hit
  • guitar picks - mid
Vol. 3
  • Poster - huge hit (I'm looking at it hanging on my wall as I type this)
  • Koozie - huge hit (I use this all the time)
  • Stickers - mid
Vol. 4
  • Coasters - hit
  • Patch - mid
  • Notebook - miss
  • Pencil - miss
Vol. 5
  • Socks - huge hit
  • Bumper Stickers - mid
  • Postcards - mid
Vol. 6
  • Keychain - mid
  • Slip mat - miss
  • Magnets - miss
Basically, I'd prefer if they give us one really nice wearable item like a nice hat or socks or scarf rather than some postcards or stickers. I have liked all the free items so far, but lots of things I'll just end up keeping in a box somewhere.
 
I think each freebee has been a hit and miss for each volume, personally my ratings

Vol. 1
  • Scarf - hit
  • Patch - hit
  • Tote Bag - mid
  • Iron on decall - miss
Vol. 2
  • Beanie - huge hit
  • Arm band - hit
  • guitar picks - mid
Vol. 3
  • Poster - huge hit (I'm looking at it hanging on my wall as I type this)
  • Koozie - huge hit (I use this all the time)
  • Stickers - mid
Vol. 4
  • Coasters - hit
  • Patch - mid
  • Notebook - miss
  • Pencil - miss
Vol. 5
  • Socks - huge hit
  • Bumper Stickers - mid
  • Postcards - mid
Vol. 6
  • Keychain - mid
  • Slip mat - miss
  • Magnets - miss
Basically, I'd prefer if they give us one really nice wearable item like a nice hat or socks or scarf rather than some postcards or stickers. I have liked all the free items so far, but lots of things I'll just end up keeping in a box somewhere.
I agree with every point of this post.
 
I think each freebee has been a hit and miss for each volume, personally my ratings

Vol. 1
  • Scarf - hit
  • Patch - hit
  • Tote Bag - mid
  • Iron on decall - miss
Vol. 2
  • Beanie - huge hit
  • Arm band - hit
  • guitar picks - mid
Vol. 3
  • Poster - huge hit (I'm looking at it hanging on my wall as I type this)
  • Koozie - huge hit (I use this all the time)
  • Stickers - mid
Vol. 4
  • Coasters - hit
  • Patch - mid
  • Notebook - miss
  • Pencil - miss
Vol. 5
  • Socks - huge hit
  • Bumper Stickers - mid
  • Postcards - mid
Vol. 6
  • Keychain - mid
  • Slip mat - miss
  • Magnets - miss
Basically, I'd prefer if they give us one really nice wearable item like a nice hat or socks or scarf rather than some postcards or stickers. I have liked all the free items so far, but lots of things I'll just end up keeping in a box somewhere.
The scarf is a big hit around these parts

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I think each freebee has been a hit and miss for each volume, personally my ratings

Vol. 1
  • Scarf - hit
  • Patch - hit
  • Tote Bag - mid
  • Iron on decall - miss
Vol. 2
  • Beanie - huge hit
  • Arm band - hit
  • guitar picks - mid
Vol. 3
  • Poster - huge hit (I'm looking at it hanging on my wall as I type this)
  • Koozie - huge hit (I use this all the time)
  • Stickers - mid
Vol. 4
  • Coasters - hit
  • Patch - mid
  • Notebook - miss
  • Pencil - miss
Vol. 5
  • Socks - huge hit
  • Bumper Stickers - mid
  • Postcards - mid
Vol. 6
  • Keychain - mid
  • Slip mat - miss
  • Magnets - miss
Basically, I'd prefer if they give us one really nice wearable item like a nice hat or socks or scarf rather than some postcards or stickers. I have liked all the free items so far, but lots of things I'll just end up keeping in a box somewhere.
I appreciate a good tchotchkes, the scarf, hat, socks, and screen printed poster are quality items. This year’s whole pack feels a bit lacking when compared to the past few years. Would love a shirt, enamel pin, signed photo something along those lines.
 
I appreciate a good tchotchkes, the scarf, hat, socks, and screen printed poster are quality items. This year’s whole pack feels a bit lacking when compared to the past few years. Would love a shirt, enamel pin, signed photo something along those lines.
yeah I think it's harder when you need a specific size from each member, but that's not impossible to do if you plan far in advance. It's far easier to mass produce items that are universal.
 
I think the scarf, beanie and socks are my fave items. I like the idea of the book (the pencil sucked) but, and this is going to sound obnoxious, as a superfan, it just doesn't have enough pages for me to write in all my setlists. Wish it were a mini binder where you could add additional pages.

I actually like the magnets, and I was considering putting them on my fridge but realized what a nightmare it will be to keep the fridge clean, so have decided I'm going to find an 18x24 magnetic whiteboard type thing. I'll put songs I've seen live on one side, songs I haven't on the other, and hang it near my Nats posters. As I hear additional songs, I'll move them to the "heard" side.

I have a chalk board in my kitchen and this was written on it for probably close to two years. This was from when we were planning the shows we'd see in 2019.

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Got my package today. Pink slip mat but I have an acrylic platter so it will go in storage with other slip mats. Doubt I'll do anything with the keychain or magnets.

Vinyl itself has some pops and isn't perfectly flag but that's been the case for every one of these I've gotten.

This is the first package I'm whelmed. I'm glad I have it but it will be the least played of the 6 and I'm keeping my membership. I still love what you get for the price and wish some of my other favorites would do something similar (looking at you Isbell team)
 
Got my package today. Pink slip mat but I have an acrylic platter so it will go in storage with other slip mats. Doubt I'll do anything with the keychain or magnets.

Vinyl itself has some pops and isn't perfectly flag but that's been the case for every one of these I've gotten.

This is the first package I'm whelmed. I'm glad I have it but it will be the least played of the 6 and I'm keeping my membership. I still love what you get for the price and wish some of my other favorites would do something similar (looking at you Isbell team)
Doubtful you would ever get this good of a deal from anything Isbell's camp does. His manager is super protective of his music and his likeness, so if he ever did do something like this expect the price to be double.
 
Doubtful you would ever get this good of a deal from anything Isbell's camp does. His manager is super protective of his music and his likeness, so if he ever did do something like this expect the price to be double.

$100 for a yearly live album and goodies, pre-sale code that is actually first, and a variant poster and t-shirt (since he does both every night) available online? Take my money
 
I think each freebee has been a hit and miss for each volume, personally my ratings

Vol. 1
  • Scarf - hit
  • Patch - hit
  • Tote Bag - mid
  • Iron on decall - miss
Vol. 2
  • Beanie - huge hit
  • Arm band - hit
  • guitar picks - mid
Vol. 3
  • Poster - huge hit (I'm looking at it hanging on my wall as I type this)
  • Koozie - huge hit (I use this all the time)
  • Stickers - mid
Vol. 4
  • Coasters - hit
  • Patch - mid
  • Notebook - miss
  • Pencil - miss
Vol. 5
  • Socks - huge hit
  • Bumper Stickers - mid
  • Postcards - mid
Vol. 6
  • Keychain - mid
  • Slip mat - miss
  • Magnets - miss
Basically, I'd prefer if they give us one really nice wearable item like a nice hat or socks or scarf rather than some postcards or stickers. I have liked all the free items so far, but lots of things I'll just end up keeping in a box somewhere.
i wound up spoiling the surprise for myself (still don’t have mine yet) so I can comment now. I do think most of the extras are just not very good. The only ones I truly have gotten use out of are the socks and beanie - and both of those I can only wear in winter. Oh I guess I do use the tote bag fairly regularly too. And the poster is up on my wall, but I don’t love love it.

even though I haven’t seen my shipment yet, these extras seem better to me? And the record seems lower tier cause it just lacks in the amount of music (though the song choices are great). I am bummed it’s not close to a full show. But I will use the slip mat and some of those magnets.


Edit to say: I did not realize the magnets were like every song they’ve done. That’s a bit crazy. And your idea of more logo magenta would have been cooler. But hey I have a Grateful Dead slip mat I use and I’ll happily trade it out for a while for a National one. Even though I don’t neeeeed it.
 
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