Sunday, May 22, 2016

Where Is It?

Can you find the camouflaged can hiding in the picture below?

Yeah, not too hard.  But a closer look at the can shows its camouflaged paint job.

The person who bought this and drank it gave me the impression Rockstar's usual decent energy drink taste was also well-hidden in this "Killer Citrus" flavor.  One taste and the they were done.  But at least they saved the can for me.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

On the Road Again

With the nice weather came a short, one-day road trip scouring the antique malls and flea markets for other peoples' trash today.  My finds were a-plenty, but I only bought one can.  I saw some interesting things.

This was a neat checkerboard game, but at $150 I had to pass.

I saw this selection of cans, but some were beer cans, some were popcorn cans (?), and the soda cans were too expensive.  The old Gatorade was $7.50 and the cool push-button top Pepsi cans were $12 each.  So I moved on.

This "Redneck Chimes" joke is older than most cans in my collection, but this one caught my eye because I do not have that design of Bubba Cola.  Still, I had to pass.

Here was a little fella amidst some salt-n-pepper shakers.  $8 for a Coke Light can, but it was behind glass to I couldn't tell what country it was from or what size the can it was.  For $8, I wasn't even going to act interested.

This is the first Mission can I've seen that had its top and bottom still intact.  I see these cans quite a bit but they've usually been made into a bank or are missing their top or bottom.  Neat, but pass.

I have some Donald Duck orange juice cans, but I've never seen a root beer can with him on it.  This one has obviously seen better days.  I was afraid parts of it would fall off if I tried to pick it up.  $4.95 is too much to pay for rust.

I'm a sucker for Halloween, so even though this is a beer can I almost bought it.  But I know one beer can will lead to many.  So I saved $6 and an eventual beer can collection by passing on this one.

And then I saw this straight steel Tico Cola can sitting among the Native American dolls.  It was in great shape and only cost $2.50.  I pulled up my website on my phone to see if I had it and I didn't.  So I finally made a purchase!!!  Its pull tab top was still sealed, the owner had bottom-opened it.  According to the Can Museum website, this can is from the 1960's.  


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yard Sale

While at my son's baseball practice this morning, I received a text with the following pics from a yard sale:


My eyes went straight to the Howard Johnson can in the first pic.  I'm a sucker for Howard Johnson cans and there's only one in my collection so far.  I also noticed several others I didn't have.  I immediately started counting the cans to estimate how many there might be.  An offer for all of them had to be made.  $15-$20 was coming to mind when I got another text that said they had just bought them all for me, two large trash bags worth.  The seller took $10!  Wow!  How did I get such a great deal while sitting in the middle of a field not doing a thing?

They dropped the cans off later this afternoon where we took them all out to see what "treasures" I got.  There were about a dozen beer cans in the lot which I let them take to try to sell.  That left me with 195 steel soda cans to clean up and sort out.

front of the pile
There are quite a few of them already in my collection, but there are a lot that I know I don't have.  So I can't wait to dig in to see exactly what's there.  And I'm sure there will be a few upcoming posts about some of these cans.

back of the pile
So why was the seller so eager to get rid of them?  He said he's been selling them on eBay for $10+ each but he's headed on a mission trip soon and needs to quickly get rid of some of his belongings.  The right place at the right time...

Saturday, April 23, 2016


I was recently given the above collection of Zevia cans with the promise of the Cola can coming soon.  This is the current can design featuring a banner around the top of each can saying each is "Clear in Color."  Imagine drinking a clear black cherry or Dr Pepper clone soda.

4/29/16 Update
As I pulled into the driveway this evening another car pulled in behind me.  It was the delivery of the aforementioned Zevia Cola can, along with three others I didn't have.  Wow, this keeps getting better all the time.  The newest cans:

Older Zevia cans already in my collection:


Saturday, April 16, 2016


I got a text a few days ago from someone showing me the can of 1893 they just bought.  At a quick glance, it almost looked like a drink with alcohol.  Then I noticed the Pepsi logo and replied, "I'll take it."

So I got the empty can from them yesterday.  I wasn't able to try it but I am curious as to what it tastes like.  Apparently this was some big mystery drink Pepsi's been eluding to for a while that would change the taste of soda forever.  

I don't think the taste is quite that powerful, but from what I've read online it does have a slightly different taste.  The color and smell are like regular Pepsi, but it doesn't have as much carbonation.  The two main flavor points are it's made with kola nut extract and real sugar.  

But I'm still not sure why it's called 1893.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Cool Coca-Cola Zero Can

Room temperature
Cold can
I have a few regular Coca-Cola cans that have printing that changes color in different temperatures, but this is my first Coca-Cola Zero can with that printing.  The label says when the white turns blue it's ready to enjoy.

The other cans I have just have the image of a soda bottle that changes color (which this one also has), but what's neat about this one is the letters C-O and O-L also turn blue, spelling out the word "cool."  

Cold can

Now that is cool!

Room temperature

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Can Hunt

Trash by the parking lot
I was meeting some people yesterday in an old gravel parking lot.  As I backed my car into position to wait for them I noticed the edge of the lot was lined with trash.  And what do most people consider trash?  Aluminum cans.

So I got out of my car and started poking around among the old bags and bottles and cans.  It was as I figured, mostly beer cans.  And a lot of the cans had been there a while and their colors were faded.  Many of them had been crushed.

But I did manage to find two cans I didn't have!  One is a newer style Great Value (Walmart's house brand) Root Beer.  I had to check when I got home if I had it but I didn't yet.  The other was a can I'd never seen before... Mt Vess, obviously a Mt Dew clone.  Vess is one of my favorite brands to collect and out of the 77 Vess cans I had, none of them were a Mt Vess.  So this was a great find for me.

Who knew the Easter bunny would hide a couple cans I didn't have yet?  My first East can hunt had a hoppy ending.  I mean, happy ending.