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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

One Man's Trash...

Last week someone gave me a trash bag of cans for my kids to recycle.  

The good thing about this system is I get to dig through the cans before the kids get a hold of them.  And in this bag, I found ten cans I didn't have.  Jackpot!!

Good for the environment... and my collection.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Can Fairy: Second Visit

Two years ago I posted about the Can Fairy visiting my house and leaving a can on the front porch.  I still don't know who it was.  Yesterday, the Can Fairy returned.

This time I was checking the mail and saw these three cans down inside the mailbox.  I took them out to see what I got.

I already have an orange Monster Juice can similar to this, but upon closer examination there is a variation in the icons that are listed on the back of the can.  So it's a new can.  The Lime Freeze Rockstar is a brand new can for me.  And sounds delicious.  Plus I was given an extra to trade.

I could ask around and probably find out who left them, but it's more fun not knowing :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Please Ask First

Last year I received an email from someone who had visited this blog.  The email said they saw a listing on eBay for a soda can collection and for the listing, the picture of my cans in the background of this blog had been used.  I found the eBay listing and sure enough, that was the picture I had taken of my cans!  (I edited out the personal info in the screenshot below)

So I sent a message to the seller and told him that was a picture I took of my own collection and no one had asked permission to use it.  Now, I've needed pics before and went to Google Images and grabbed a couple of random ones, so I figured this may have been the case with him too.

I read through the description of his listing and he said it was several hundred cans for sale.  I warned him that someone buying cans would probably expect to receive the cans shown in the picture, especially since he made no mention that the pic wasn't his actual collection.  

I'm not sure if the auction expired or he took my warning and ended it, but it soon disappeared after I sent the message to him.  He never did reply to my message.

In the last four years, I've been asked if people can use pics from my site to make t-shirts, use in articles they were writing and even a couple of professors for their classes.  I've said yes in every case.  It's nice to know my pictures can sometimes be of use to others, but I certainly appreciate being asked first.   :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cans in the Shoppes

I spent today in an area I've never been before.  It consisted of a 1.5 mile long street full of ol' time shoppes and vendors.  Lots of shoppes.  Lots of vendors.  And lots of cans.  BUT...

Good price, but all beer cans.  Except one Coca-Cola can which I already have.

RC soda cans, but I wasn't sure which ones I have and don't have.  And they cost too much $ for me to be guessing.

Three trays of beer cans, one tray of soda cans.  Unfortunately, all the Vess soda cans were the same.  And I already have it.

All beer.

All beer.

I wasn't about to go home empty-handed.  I stopped by Target and found the two newest flavors of Red Bull (orange and wild cherry).  I also picked up a Vitamin Water can I didn't have.

I had set a goal this morning of coming home with at least one new can.  It's nice to achieve goals.  One way or another.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flea Market Fonz

Third weekend of the month.  Temperatures hit the 70's.  I could hear a distant call of soda cans beckoning me.  My family headed to the flea market this morning.  And boy was it crowded!

I saw a few booths with beer cans and an occasional lone soda can that I already have.  And then my mom called me and said she found a table with soda cans.  So I made my way through the crowd to the table and saw about twenty steel soda cans for $.50 each.  Nice.  

The seller was impressed when I whipped out my phone to check my collection website.  I said with nearly 4,000 cans, it's hard to remember what I have and don't have.  After a good look, he had two I didn't have.

The Fonz
In the end, I walked away with this straight steel Nehi strawberry soda can from 1978.  It's the Fonz, can #17 of the 35-can "Happy Days" set, series 1.  There are a lot of Happy Days cans and I haven't put any effort into collecting them yet.  In fact, the only other one I had until now was the #24 Howard Cunningham fruit punch can.  

The other can I bought was a straight steel Staff diet root beer can.  And I learned a bit of trivia when I bought it.  My mom said Schnucks (a local grocery store) sold Staff soda back in the 70's when she worked there.  Nice connection!  I have quite a Staff collection started, this being my 26th steel Staff can.

Overall, not bad for $1.