Sunday, March 18, 2018

1893 Citrus

Almost two years ago I posted about a can of 1893 someone gave me.   And now I'm writing about another can of 1893 I just got.  It's another can with an interesting design "from the makers of Pepsi-Cola."

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious as to what it tastes like.  Being an orange can and listed as a Citrus Cola, I thought it might be orange flavored but the can says it's "infused with grapefruit essence."

Prior to 1893's release, Pepsi claimed this would change the taste of soda forever.  I don't think that really happened since I haven't heard anything about the brand since it released a couple of years ago.  But it must have a following if it's still being made.

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I Have a Gronk!

I've had this cool stainless steel-looking can in my pantry for a while.  I'm not sure where I got it or when, but it was at least a year or two ago.  Today I decided to get it out and see what it is.

Well, it's a Monster energy drink.  And I'll be honest, I had to Google what a "Gronk" is.  But I didn't really need to do that, the can says it all...

There's a signature at the top which turns out to be Rob Gronkowski's.  The side of the can shows a football player in a #87 jersey.  So the Gronk is obviously a football player, but for which team?

I went back to Google and found out he's on the Patriots.  Yes, even I'm aware of the Patriots.

There's also a story on the side of the can about how much of a party animal and beast he is... in other words, a real "Monster."

For me, TMI.  I like the design of the can.  I may even get around to drinking it someday.  But for now, it's back to the pantry to see what other can gems I might dig up...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Box of Dr. Clones

I recently received an email from a fellow collector (specializing in Dr. Pepper clones) who was thinning his collection a bit.  He sent a pic of some cans that were available.  I compared it to my collection and saw several I didn't have.

I got home from work yesterday and what was on my porch?

A box.  It was brought into the house and opened.

Very well packed.  And after each can was removed from the packaging, I had eight new cans for my collection.

He and I have traded for a few years.  I'm always on the lookout for cans he may need and he's always offering cans he doesn't need, haha.  A well-oiled machine.

Thanks again, G!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Destiny 2

Destiny 2 launched on September 6, 2017.  Destiny 2 is a futuristic first-person shooter video game set in our solar system.  It has a single-player campaign, but the meat and potatoes is the Player vs Player mode where players are thrown on a map and have to shoot at each other.  Trust me, it can be fun.  And frustrating.

To celebrate its release, Rockstar Energy Drink released a 3-can set featuring the three classes you can play in the game.  And after all these months, I still only have two of the three cans.

Each can comes with a code that you can redeem for in-game gear.  I redeemed some Destiny 1 codes and it wasn't really worth it.  So I'm collecting these cans for the designs, not the codes.

The first can I had was this blue one for the Hunter class.  

The second can was this gold one for the Titan class.

The third and final can, which is red, is for the Warlock class.

With each can you are also entered to win one of three Husqvarna motorcycles, each designed after one of the same three classes mentioned above.

We'll have to wait and see if it's my destiny to add the Warlock can to my collection...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Star Wars Space Punch

Last week a couple people alerted me to a new can series... Star Wars Space Punch.

There are twelve cans in the set featuring characters from the prequel trilogy, the original trilogy, and even from the new trilogy.  So what's the problem?

The problem is they are $3 each!  Even if someone liked to drink punch every day, there are many much cheaper alternatives.

But these certainly have a nice look to them.  I was given can #9 in the set, Boba Fett, everyone's favorite bounty hunter.  I'm glad this is the can they got me.

And I can't wait to drink it to see if the taste is worth $3.  It has only 20 calories, there's no caffeine, and it sounds pretty flavorful after looking through the ingredients (grapefruit, pear, orange, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry).

This set is certainly aimed at collectors.  But after giving George Lucas so much of my money for books, comics, figures, napkins, shampoo, and all the other Star Wars-branded merchandise, I rarely buy anything Star Wars now.  Disney certainly doesn't need my money and I don't really need more boxes of stuff in the basement. 

But after all that, it doesn't take someone with the Force to know a few more of these cans may eventually end up in my collection...

Sunday, February 4, 2018


A few years ago I purchased a lot of cans on eBay.  In addition to what was listed, the seller "threw in" a few extras.  And this six pack of Click root beer was one of the extras.

This bonus item was awesome for a few reasons.  First, this is a 6-pack still connected with the old plastic rings!  The rings were outlawed years ago because they would end up in lakes where fish swam through them and got tangled up.  That's the reason I'd heard.

Second, a little research showed these steel cans with pop tops are from the mid 1970's.

Third, the funky 70's swirly design and the brown/green color scheme are very retro.  It reminds me of some of the animated Sesame Street shorts from when I was a kid.  Pre-Elmo, of course!!!

This was the first connected 6-pack of cans in my collection. And I love that it's so old.  Definitely a piece for my Museum de Cans.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Diet Coke Design

So I got my hands on the new Diet Coke can design today.  I read an article last month that they were changing the look early this year.  But I thought they were going to the taller, slim 12oz can.  This is the regular size 12oz can.

There are also new flavors to try.  I'll certainly be collecting them all, so I may do a quick review of each flavor as I get them.

We live in exciting times.