Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Name Game

I couldn't stand it any longer.  I've been wondering what nicknames come in packs of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke.  Is each can different in a 12-pack?  Are they all the same?  Is it just a random sampling containing a few different names and the rest are doubles? 

I've acquired quite a few Coca-Cola nickname cans from various sources in the last couple of months, but I only had one Diet Coke can.  So today I bought a 12-pack of Diet Coke to see what names I'd get.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out half the cans were different.  I got BFF, Dad, Go-Getter, Mom, Pal and Mom.  And mine was a special batch because it's the 2014 Six Flags discount can.

Now I wonder if this was a good batch and it's normally only 2-3 different names or did I get a bad batch because half of them were doubles?  Haha, human beings really are hard to please.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Big Lots and NASCAR

I know I've sung the praises of Big Lots' cheap cans before, but I'm going to do it again.  There is a Big Lots right down the road from where I work.  We moved into our current building a year and a half ago.  I've driven past the Big Lots at least twice a day since then.  And yesterday was the first time I've stopped to go inside.  I'm glad I did.

I found nine cans I didn't have.  There are some cool ones in this batch.  My favorite is the Limited Edition Amp can.

I was a big fan of NASCAR back in the mid to late 80's and then again in the late 90's, but I haven't paid much attention to it for a few years now.  But I still know a big name when I see it.  This drink is called Dale Jr Sour.  I remember when his dad drove the blue and yellow Wranglers car in the 80's!  And Darrell Waltrip #11 was all about the Mountain Dew (and not MTN Dew).  And when would someone be able to catch Bill Elliott?

Where was I?  Oh, yeah.  This is a neat can and it only cost $1.  Check out Big Lots.  You might walk away a winner.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

TMNT Crush

My seven year-old son spotted this display at Walmart last week.

He's about as crazy about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I am about can collecting.  So it was hard for me to pass up buying a bunch of these 12-packs to try to get all the cans.  At this point, I don't even know how many different cans there are.  But I'm sure they'll creep their way into my collection at some point.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cape Girardeau, MO

I went on a road trip to Cape Girardeau today with a couple of people.  It was our first time there, so we checked out the local junk stores and commercial shopping (after the historical sites).  I found three cans I didn't have.

Today's new cans

Old design
Toby Mac
At Big Lots I found the Sparkling Clementine Izze.  The only Izze I had in my collection was Sparkling Apple.  So I doubled my Izze count.

I also found the Sugar Free Rockstar at Big Lots.  I had one already but this is an updated version of the can.

The last can I found was a Mtn Dew can with an ad for a free download of a Colton Dixon song.  I already had a can for a free Toby Mac song.  I wonder how many artists Mtn Dew did this for.

I did see several more soda cans at antique stores but I wasn't willing to pay the $5-8 per can they were asking.  If I could sell each of my cans for that much, I'd sell them all in a heartbeat and then I'd have plenty of money to buy more cans.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Website Pick #7: Mtn Dew Kid

 On the first of every month I will feature one of my favorite can websites.  
Please send an email if you have a website for consideration.

This clean, well-organized website has news, reviews, history, collectibles and much more.  And it's all about Mountain Dew.  Definitely visit the "About" page for more information on the collector who runs the site.

The collector is interested in trading, so you can use the "Contact" page on the site if you're interested in that.  He's working on some articles about knock-off Mtn Dew brands, so he's looking for cans of knock-off brands.

I've visited the site several times for info or to see particular cans.  If you're interested in Mountain Dew at all, you should definitely check it out.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sprite 6 Mix

Last month I went to my cousin's daughter's birthday party which was at my cousin's sister-in-law's house.  While there, my cousin found a half-empty Sprite can in the house and brought it out to me and asked if I had it.  Nope.  I didn't have any Sprite cans that large (a strange 19.2 oz can).  I asked his sister-in-law where she got it and she said it was from the convenient store two blocks from my house.  How convenient.

Several days later, before I went and bought one of my own, my parents stopped by and handed me the can.  They had been at that store and saw the can and picked one up for me.  Nice.

So this is the LeBron James 6 Mix edition. I couldn't tell much difference in the taste of this versus regular Sprite, but the flavor is a combination of cherry, orange and Sprite's usual lemon-lime.  7-Eleven has even added the Sprite 6 Mix flavor to their Slurpee lineup. 

I am not a sports fan.  I had heard his name before but had to Google it to make sure he was a basketball player as I thought.  So when I was trying to figure out the other two flavors to make up the "6" mix, I found out he wears a number 6 on his jersey.  Oh.

I like the look of the can, especially all the LB's in the background.  And as the banner says at the top of the can, it's a Limited Edition flavor.  So if you haven't tried it, go out and get one now.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cool Can Brewsday (10 of 10)

There were some beer cans in a large lot of soda cans I once bought.  Even though I don't collect beer cans, I admit some of them do have great designs.  For ten Tuesdays in a row I will feature different beer can designs that I find worthy of sharing.