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!!

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.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sprite 6 Mix (part 2)

Shortly after purchase
When I stopped in a gas station for some ice on the way to a friend's house this evening, I perused the station's assortment of cans.  I was actually looking for the two 16 oz Dr Pepper Avengers cans but instead found this year's Sprite LeBron's Mix.

In better lighting
Last year I posted about finding the first can released.  I read an article earlier this
year that said a new version was going to be released, but I hadn't seen it yet.

For $.99 I couldn't pass it up.  It's a cool looking red can, but do you know what this means?  I'm still looking for the two Avengers cans.  :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Road Trip to Evansville

I took a short road trip to Evansville, Indiana, yesterday.  I've been there a couple of times before with limited success in finding cans.  But yesterday was a different story.  I had to choose which cans to buy.


The first booth that had cans sold them for $1 each.  I'm used to buying in bulk, so to have to choose which few I wanted to buy was really hard.  And being an antique mall, the seller wasn't there to make a deal with.  So I chose five and continued shopping.


Next was a booth with old steel cans but they were asking $5 each!  Nope.  Another booth had a green aluminum Pepsi bottle and a special edition Pepsi can for $4 and $3 respectively, so I bought those.


Before we left, I lined up my purchases for a group shot which was eerily reminiscent of a picture I took back in 2012 of my first Mountain Dew aluminum bottle (purchased in the same store.)

I have a few more can stories from the trip, but I'll save those for another day...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Can I Almost Had

I haven't bought any cans on eBay for a while.  That's because I quit looking for cans on eBay.  I realized every time I looked, I found something and spent money.  So I decided to take a break from it... until last week when I decided to look again.  And guess what.  I found a can I wanted.  

I'm a fan of Shasta cans and I'm not sure why.  But I've got over 100 different ones.  So when I saw this tonic mix I knew I had to have it.  Not only do I not have a tonic mix can at all in my collection, this was an old steel can with a funky color palette.  It was also in great condition.  

But the clincher on the deal was the weird opening mechanism.  I don't have anything quite like it.  The listing said it was a prototype Stay Tab test lid.  So I placed my bid and waited.

The auction ended and I won.  Yay.  I knew this can would make a good blog post.  But then I got a real apologetic message a couple of days later that the seller had sold the can in a previous listing and accidentally re-listed it.  I got my money back, that wasn't an issue.  But then I had a decision... raise a stink or move on?

Everyone makes mistakes.  This person had almost 16,000 transactions and a score of 99.3%.  I agreed to cancel the transaction and replied that mistakes happen.  I was a bit disappointed, but you have to take the disappointments with the victories when collecting.

What I really lost was an opportunity to blog about a cool can.  Or did I?


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Avengers Cans Assemble

The second Avengers movie came out last weekend.  And for a few weeks prior to that I was seeing can sites mentioning the new Avengers 7-can set from Dr. Pepper.  It was just a matter of time that the cans started finding my collection.

I'm not going to put a lot of effort into getting this set, I'll just see what I end up with and then fill in the holes later.  My household doesn't drink a lot of soda so I'm not going to go out and buy 12-packs to get one of each can.  Or is it two of each?  Or three?  After seeing the two characters I already have, my son decided he wants to collect a set too.  And then my daughter decided she'd like one also.  I hope I haven't created new monsters...

My son wants his own set of Avengers cans

Both of my cans so far have come from the beverage fridge at work.  They try to refill it once a month, so we'll see if new can designs keep coming.  I'll update this post as I get more cans, similar to what I did with the first Avengers movie back in 2012.

5/16/15 Update:
While shopping at Walmart today, I saw the Cherry Dr Pepper cans with Black Widow on them.  Ok, I had to buy it.


5/24/15 Update:
I saw my sister yesterday and she had a gift for me... the Hawkeye Cherry Diet Dr Pepper can.  Keep 'em coming...