Sunday, October 23, 2016

Birthday Cans

My recent birthday brought a few more cans into the house.  As part of my gift from the kids I got these three AriZona natural energy teas.

If they taste half as good as the labels look, these should be mighty fine.  They could come in handy for those long, late-night gaming sessions or binge-watching newest popular streaming series.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ecto II

2016 Ecto Cooler
A few years ago I did a post about Ecto Cooler.  It was a Hi-C citrus drink tie-in for the first Ghostbusters movie in 1987.  The can featured Slimer, one of the ghosts from the movie.

With the release of the new Ghostbusters movie earlier this year, Hi-C brought back Ecto Cooler with a new can design and I snagged one.  Of course the can features green slime dripping down over a picture of citrus, but it lacks any images of ghosts this time around.

I thought it appropriate this evening to take a few pictures of the can in an actual cemetery.  Below is a picture of the can sitting at the top of the steps that lead to an old church in the cemetery.  The plaque says the Mt. Zion Church was there from 1892-1961.

What was I doing in a cemetery this evening?  It's almost Halloween.  I was just making the most of a spooky fall evening.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sunny Addition to the Collection

A day trip across the border to Indiana today proved what I've said many times on this blog:  There are a lot more beer cans out in the wild for sale than soda cans.

A cool American Brewers collection

All beer cans
And it's true, I didn't find any soda cans today that I didn't already have.  But I found a different kind of can that I didn't even know existed...  canned sunshine.

Of course it's gimmicky but every once in a while you have to let loose and go crazy.  So this can of "sunshine" also came with instructions and additional information about its contents.

And the can was even designed to be mailed???  I've never seen that before.

Anyone interested in some fresh farm air from Illinois?  I'm ready to can it.  And I'll even discount bulk orders...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kids' Church

There are a few people at church who know about my soda can collection.  And they know I'll take bags of cans to be recycled (after I've pulled out the cans I need for my collection, of course.)  On Wednesday evenings they have a kids' church where supper is provided.  And what's left over at the end of the evening?  A bag of empty soda cans.  So last Sunday I was asked if I wanted that bag of cans each week.  I said, "Sure."  What's one more bag of cans each week?

This morning I got my first bag.  And after going through it, I hit the jackpot with nine cans I didn't have yet.

As if that wasn't enough, my dad gave me a Walmart brand (Great Value) fruit punch can this afternoon.

Overall, not a bad catch.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Battlefield and Football Field

A co-worker gave this Monster energy drink can to me last Friday.

It's interesting that Battlefield's new game is set in WWI, but I'm waiting for the future-shooter Call of Duty Infinite Warfare to come out in a few months.  And here's the backside of the can:

My dad found this new Dr Pepper can on the side of the road and saved it for me.  More college football stuff.
And at a great Midwest antique mall on Saturday I found this straight steel classic can:

I know there's a political joke there but it wasn't worth the $8 price tag to me.  But then again, you don't see an old joke can like that very often.  Maybe I should have bought.  Non-buyer's remorse.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Birthday and a Mall

Today was a long day.  But let's skip to the good parts.  At a birthday party this morning, I was able to snag two cans I didn't have.

One was a Pepsi ad can for Raging Rivers, a water park in the area.  The other was a Sprite can with lyrics.  I've been having a hard enough time keeping track of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke lyric cans, now there are Sprite cans too.

After the party I met up with a different group and we checked out a large antique mall just across the River.

That's where I found this 50th anniversary special edition American Can can from 1984 for $2.50.  I have a few other special edition cans like this.  And it had an interesting pull-tab top on it.

A little while later I found a Diet Coke can I don't have.  But I really didn't want it.  I left the hip can with headphones and sunglasses there.  Maybe next time, haha.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Louisville, KY

I just got back from spending a couple of days in the Louisville, KY, area.  There are a lot of flea markets and antique stores and junk shops there so we made time to visit a few.  Of course I was watching for any cans I didn't have.

As usual, there weren't many soda cans to choose from among the many bottles and beer cans.  It wasn't until a HUGE store called the Peddlers Mall that I finally saw some cans.  And these weren't old, rare, collectible cans, these were new ones that came from the store's grocery area.

The Peddlers Mall grocery area

I found a Vimto fizzy drink (which the can says is "suitable for vegetarians"), a Kombucha Wonder drink, and a Polar lemon-flavored seltzer.

These were some interesting finds in the middle of the USA.  The Vimto can is from the UK.  I knew it wasn't from here when I saw it because of the can's size, it's 330 mL.  When I got home I looked  in my collection and the only other Vimto I have has some kind of middle eastern writing on it.  As far as the Nutrition Facts info, which is required on all food items in the USA, it's just a sticker which must be enough to make it ready to sell in America.

Older Vimto can

And the can of Wonder drink is interesting.  Kombucha is some kind of slightly fermented tea that supposedly has some health benefits.  This particular can comes from Portland, Oregon, which explains why the print is in English and French.

The total for all three cans was less than $.60 so I'm not expecting a lot of great taste.  I'll save the Polar seltzer water to drink last.  It sounds like my pallet may need a good cleansing after trying the other two.  :)