Saturday, August 1, 2015

eBay Strikes Again

Last weekend my daughter looked up a couple of things to buy on Amazon for school.  I told her before I buy online there are a few different websites I check, including Amazon and eBay.  She had never been to eBay so I went there.  I told her she could look up anything and it's probably on there.  I tried to think of something crazy to look up but my mind went blank.  So as an example I typed in "bunch of soda cans."

And then I saw a listing of a seven can set from the 2002 movie Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  Each can featured a different character from the movie.  And they were delivered to my house on Wednesday.

Gollum design
Introduced in September 2002, dnL was the "opposite" of 7up (including its name which is an upside-down "7up".)  It contained caffeine and had a stronger citrus taste than 7up.  It was discontinued in 2005.
original can

What made me push the "Buy It Now" button on this collection was the special dnL can.  I thought the original can was somewhat rare, but here was one with Gollum on it from the movie.  Wow, I HAD to have it!

I've resisted the temptation to look up cans on eBay for a long time because every time I look, I buy.  But if I hadn't looked this time, I wouldn't have this treasure in my collection now.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sparkling Rockstar

When I got to work on Monday, a coworker asked if I had the new Rockstar can.  He showed me a picture online and I definitely didn't have it.  So when he came in on Tuesday he brought one to me.  He's a big energy drink drinker, yet he wasn't willing to try this sparkling cherry citrus version.

I think it sounds good and will give it a try someday.  I still have it at work "in case of emergency" if I need a quick pick-me-up.  There's at least one other flavor in this new lineup, so I'll keep an eye out for more.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Flea Market Find

I just got back from a small flea market.  Can you find the item I bought in the picture above?  If not, look at the pic below.

The vendor had this empty 8.5 oz aluminum bottle marked as $1.  She said all prices were negotiable, so I offered her $.25 and she took it.  Truly one woman's junk is another man's treasure...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Obey Your Verse

I saw the Obey Your Verse campaign from Sprite several weeks ago and have been trying to avoid the cans (not another collection to work on).  First, Coca-Cola brought back its nicknames campaign which meant I would be on the search for those again this summer.  And now Sprite has this collection of cans that features lyrics from various artists.

When I got home I checked all the cans and saw I got eight different ones from this one 12-pack.  Not too bad!  I wasn't sure how many cans were in the collection until I saw the numbers on each can.

Sixteen.  That's not too bad since I now have half of them.  So I'll continue to watch for the other cans.  At least Sprite made it easy by numbering the cans.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Upside Down

I've spent the last couple of days out of town at a conference.  During my free morning yesterday, a couple of us checked out some local antique/junk shops.  I wasn't expecting to find any cans... and that's when I found one.

Tucked away on a shelf in the corner was this lonely straight steel Dr Pepper can.  I already have similar cans, maybe even this exact one I thought, until I noticed the top of it was smooth.  I picked up the $4 can and that's when I saw the label was upside down.  

I know these aren't super rare or really worth much more (if any more) than a normal can.  After all, it's just a mistake.  But it's the first one for my collection!  

The guy at the counter asked if I was a Dr Pepper collector.  I told him no, I collect soda cans of all brands.  He told me he had a couple of old paper Dr Pepper hats worn in a soda shop years ago.  Tempting as it was (haha), one treasure per day is enough!!

July 11, 2015, Update:
A collector of Dr Pepper cans has helped me immensely in the last few years by offering his extras when he needed to make room.  I've bought various Dr Pepper and DP clone cans and offered them for his collection, but he has always had them already.  But when I sent the pic of the above upside-down can he said he did not have one of those yet.  I was finally able to contribute to his collection.  In return, I received a few more of his extras in the mail today.  It's all about the trading...

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Nicknames Have Returned

It was to my dismay that I recently saw a new Coca-Cola can... that had a nickname printed on it!  I remember last summer trying to track down all the different names for Coca-Cola cans, then the ones for Diet Coke, then Coke Zero had some, then... then... then...

At the office
Yesterday at work they restocked the beverage fridge.  And that always means new Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, Mtn Dew, Diet Mtn Dew, and sometimes cans of other brands.  So once everyone was out of the break room, I started digging through the shelves of cans to see how many different nicknames I could find.

The Diet Coke cans were the only ones with names.  I found BFF, Mom, Dad, Soulmate, Superstar and Trendsetter.  I also found a Coca-Cola can with a 2015 Six Flags coupon.

Ok, let's see how many different cans Coca-Cola makes me work to collect this summer...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Winner Was... Pepsi!

I found this Pepsi can at an antique mall in Evansville, IN, last weekend.  Since I had never seen one before, the $3 price tag seemed reasonable.  The expiration date stamped on the bottom is April 26, 2010.

When I got home I did a little research online and found an article explaining how PepsiCo won the 2010 CO3 Award.  Rather than try to paraphrase it, here's a link to the article.

Looking at the picture below on the left, I'm led to believe this may have been a four-can set with this being the fourth can since the number 4 is highlighted.  

Regardless of what brand or flavor or special occasion, gold cans are always attention-grabbers.  This one grabbed my attention and now sits with over 300 other Pepsi cans in my collection.