Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jones Halloween Cans - Year 4 - 2008

Jones Soda, known for its unique soda flavors, started releasing Halloween-themed 8 oz cans in 2005.  They released four flavors each year until 2009.

In October 2008 Jones released, through Target, four 8oz Halloween soda cans that came in four packs. The flavors were paired with classic movie monsters for each flavor. Buried Pomegranate was Count Dracula, Candy Corn was the Wolf-Man, Lemon Drop Dead was the Mummy and Spooookiwi was Frankenstein's monster.

2008 Jones Halloween cans

Friday, December 30, 2011

Big Lots Again

We happened to pass a Big Lots store this evening and I suggested we run in to look for those post-Christmas sales.  I went straight to the cans to see what they had to offer...

And that's what I found.  Not a bad haul.  I can always count on Big Lots to have some discontinued cans that I don't have. 

Oh, I never did look for any post-Christmas sales!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Current Excitement: The Netherlands

Several weeks ago a collector from the Netherlands contacted me through my main collection site and offered sixty cans from there if I could ship sixty current cans from the USA.  My sub-collection of doubles finally paid off! 

I shipped the box of USA cans a couple of weeks ago.  He had shipped his box before that.  So I am expecting the package to get here in the next week or so (although I'm not real sure how long it takes to get from there to here).  I will definitely post a pic of the cans when they come in!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Jones Halloween Cans - Year 3 - 2007

Jones Soda, known for its unique soda flavors, started releasing Halloween-themed 8 oz cans in 2005.  They released four flavors each year until 2009.

The Halloween edition mini-cans returned in October 2007 featuring new flavor Sour Lemon Drop Dead along with returning flavors Candy Corn, Gruesome Grape and Strawberry S'lime.

2007 Jones Halloween cans

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What A Teas!

Yesterday we traveled a short distance to attend a family Christmas party.  A new area, a new city, I was on the lookout for new brands.  We stopped at a Quik Trip after the party and this rather large, friendly-looking lady in a green dress kept staring at me from the shelf of the drinks cooler.  Sweet Leaf tea.

We probably have these closer to home, but I've never seen them.  So I bought all six flavors.  We're not big tea drinkers at our house, but we'll be giving these a try.  Merry Christmas to me.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jones Halloween Cans - Year 2 - 2006

Jones Soda, known for its unique soda flavors, started releasing Halloween-themed 8 oz cans in 2005.  They released four flavors each year until 2009.

The Halloween cans were available again in 2006 with the return of Berried Alive (formerly Scary Berry Lemonade) and Candy Corn and the new Gruesome Grape (a renamed version of their regular flavor, MF Grape) and Spider Cider, of which I don't have the can yet.

2006 Jones Halloween cans

The Spider Cider I don't have

Monday, December 12, 2011

My First Trade

I reported last week that I made my first trade.  Someone saw a can in my collection that they needed, so I traded it for some of his doubles.  The package came in today and this is what I got.

Attack of the clones

The above batch of cans is to help kick-start my Dr Pepper and Mtn Dew clone collections.

This other batch is some of the unwanted extras that came with other cans he bought.

In all, I got 78 cans in the trade.  If I could do a few more trades like this I will reach 2,000 cans well before my April 2012 goal.

A big THANKS goes out to G!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jones Halloween Cans - Year 1 - 2005

Jones Soda, known for its unique soda flavors, started releasing Halloween-themed 8 oz cans in 2005.  They released four flavors each year until 2009.

In 2005, Jones released Halloween Limited Edition 8 oz. can 4-packs exclusively through Target. The four flavors included two renamed flavors (Scary Berry Lemonade and Strawberry Slime) as well as two originals (Candy Corn and Caramel Apple).

2005 Jones Halloween flavors

Friday, December 9, 2011

My New Goal

On April 11, 2011, I started my can collection.  As of this post, I have 1,494 cans.  In four months, my collection will be one year old.  My goal is to have


cans by April 11, 2012.  Definitely doable.  And I think I'll reach this goal with time to spare.

Now where is that 1,495th can???

April 11, 2012 update - The counter sits at 1924 today.  It doesn't look like I made the goal, but theoretically I did.  During the last year there were two shipments of cans that had problems in transit and I didn't receive all the cans I should have.  In one shipment, I lost 17 cans and in the other 63!  So:

1924 + 17 + 63 = 2004

It should have happened kids, but it didn't. 

* Click here to see the current can count *

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Can Watch: Capture the Flag

Back in February of this year, Diet Coke teamed up with The Heart Truth to launch "Capture the Flag", a national program to raise awareness for women's heart health programs.  For the campaign, Diet Coke added The Heart Truth's red dress symbol to its Diet Coke cans along with a big red heart.  There were four different can designs.

The two I have

I have two of the four designs.  The first one I have shows a figure holding a large white flag with the red heart on it.  The other can shows a figure standing next to the red heart.

The two I need

One of the designs I don't have shows a figure lifting the red heart over its head.  The other shows the figure standing on top of the red heart with a ladder leaning against the heart.

I've seen many of these cans this year but they've always been the same two designs.  So I will continue to watch for the other two designs. 

* The picture of the cans I don't have came from the internet.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Skipper Has Set Sail

I have plenty of doubles to trade.  But today, for the first time, I shipped a can from my main collection.

The person I traded with needed this can for his collection of Dr Pepper clones, so I was more than glad to give up a can to help a fellow collector.  In return, I will be receiving several of his doubles that I don't have.  We both walked away happy from this trade.

The can I traded was a Cragmont - The Skipper

Farewell, Skipper!

December 12 update - Today I got the package with the cans I received in the Skipper trade.  Click here for the post.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

3D Cans from Japan

Back in July, I bought some cans from Japan.  In the listing it said some of the cans were 3D.  I couldn't wait to see what that meant. 

It's hard to get the total effect in a picture, but you can see that the sides of the can have a diamond-dimpled texture which makes for interesting reflections at the right angles.

The downside to the "3D" effect is that the can feels a bit thinner and is more susceptible to dents.


This particular can is the Kirin brand of Chu-Hi, an alcoholic drink often canned and sold in convenience stores and vending machines.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dragon Ball Z

I got this can in a lot I bought on eBay.  And I don't know what it is.

Dragon Ball Z (front)
Obviously, the character on the can is from the anime show Dragon Ball Z.  At first I thought the 50/50 meant it was a half & half flavor, but upon Googling Gotenks (which I originally thought was the brand of the drink), I found this:

Gotenks is the powerful result of Trunks and Goten using the Fusion Dance, and the first fusion character to be seen in the Dragon Ball manga and the Dragon Ball Z anime. 

Of course!  What was I thinking?  Gotenks is a character.  On the side of the can it says "Helsi, all famous TV characters," so now I'm assuming Helsi is the brand.  But nowhere on the can is there a clue as to what kind of drink or flavor it is.  The back of the can isn't any help either, it's written in Japanese.

Dragon Ball Z (back)
 I'm not sure if this is part of a larger set or just a one-off collector can.  So I'm going to leave this on my Japanese shelf as a novelty item.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kickapoo Joy Juice

Back in June, I made a post about Fred Flintstone's favorite drink, Cactus Juice, and its real-world counterpart.  I recently found out I have another such drink in my collection, Kickapoo Joy Juice.

Li'l Abner was before my time.  I had heard of the name, but knew nothing about it until now.  This is from the wiki entry:

Li'l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished town of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), the strip ran for 43 years, from August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977. Read daily by scores of millions of people, the strip's characters and humor had a powerful cultural impact.

And what was Li'l Abner's favorite drink?  Kickapoo Joy Juice, which was originally coined as a "volatile brew" in the comic strip.  The real-world counterpart is a non-alcoholic citrus-flavored soft drink brand owned by The Monarch Beverage Company.  The can even states it's "The Original Dogpatch Citrus Soda."

For more info, check out Kickapoo's wiki page.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cans for Trade

The next best thing to getting a can I don't already have is getting a better condition can of one I have.  So what do I do with the lesser quality cans?  I put them in trash bags, essentially adding to my "B" collection.  If I see a special promo can I already have, it goes to the "B" collection.  And before I knew it, I had four trash bags of "B" collection stock.

3/4 of my "B" collection
What am I going to do with these cans?  Hopefully start trading.  All of my trade cans are from the last few years.  So if anyone is looking for a newer can, I might be able to help.

Click here to see the Trade section on my official collection site.

Friday, November 25, 2011

2011 Holiday Cans

Halloween cans have come and gone.  Make way for the Holiday cans...

These are my first two for this year.  The Diet Coke was a gift from my sister on Thanksgiving and the Sprite from a co-worker earlier in the week.  I'm ready for some more...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 World Series Pepsi Can

Two nights ago, I attended our quarterly team meeting at work.  When I entered the conference room, I noticed a few people had cans of soda on the tables in front of them.  I quickly found the barrel of iced soda cans and started digging.  I found two cans I didn't have, a Brisk lemonade can and this Pepsi World Series can.

This was a real surprise because I didn't know Pepsi had their own World Series can.  And this happened just a few of days after I acquired the Coca-Cola World Series can.  So now I wonder, "Are there any other brands that produced a World Series can?"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Same Name, Different Brand

Back in July, I got a Shasta Moon Mist can in a lot I bought on eBay.  Just last week, I stopped in a gas station and saw a Faygo Moon Mist can, so I had to buy it.  Of the 1500 cans in my collection, this is the first time I've seen two different brands with the same crazy flavor name, although I'm sure it happens quite often. 

Moon Mists

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Current Excitement: A Can from Australia?

My daughter's piano teacher recently headed to Australia to visit her daughter until the end of the year.  So I had a short conversation with her revealing I have a can collection and since she was going to be in Australia...

She asked how many cans I want.  Haha.  I don't want to be an inconvenience, so I said I'd be happy with one... or two, three, four, whatever she could fit in her suitcase.  I told her to make sure she empties any cans she brings back!  I was going to suggest a separate shipment of cans back to me, but again, I don't want her to have to "work" on her vacation.

As I said, she's going to be there for the next several weeks, so only time will tell if I'm able to add a can from Australia to my collection.  I'll be sure to post an update as soon as she gets back.

*** Click here to read the update on this post ***

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Game Fuel: Modern Warfare 3

As a gamer, I love the Game Fuel cans from Mountain Dew.  The first Game Fuel was for Halo 3 in 2007, the second for World of Warcraft in 2009 (two cans), and now in 2011, they have released one for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The Game Fuel line is a limited flavor release of usually 12 weeks.  The Modern Warfare 3 flavor is a tropical flavor.

And how did I get this can?  My dad was out for a walk, saw the can on the side of the road and picked it up for me.  He had no idea it would be one of my favorite cans in my collection.

I also have the two 2009 World of Warcraft cans, but I do not have the 2007 Halo 3 can.  Yet.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Retro Big Red

Jones Soda made the switch to real sugar from high fructose corn syrup a few years ago.  Then we got Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback in 2009, also made with real sugar.  Dr Pepper was soon to follow with Dr Pepper Heritage.  And earlier this year 7 Up released their Retro version.

So who else could jump on the "real sugar" bandwagon?  How about Big Red?  Ok.

* This picture is from the internet, not my personal collection.  It's another can I need to watch for....

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cans from Vacation

Why has there been a lack of posts this week?  Because my wife and I just got back from a Bahamas cruise for our 11th anniversary. 

I saw dozens of cans on the cruise and during our stay in Florida, but given the way we packed I couldn't bring many cans home.  If there had been more time, I would have gathered some cans and shipped them home UPS but we had a tight schedule. 

But that doesn't mean I came home empty handed!  Here are my new cans:

Pepsi:  The first night we were in Ft Lauderdale, I saw this Pepsi can in a parking lot advertising FAU Owl Athletics.  I like cans with local advertisements.
Coca-Cola:  The "Arctic Home" cans are common now, but I got this on the cruise ship itself.  I will still be looking to get a bottom-opened one, but this is a good memento of our trip.
Ironbeer:  I had never heard of this brand.  I found it in a trash can on Miami Beach. 
Chek:  I have a couple of older Chek cans, but this one we found on the ground in a Taco Bell drive-thru in Ft Lauderdale.  We had gone into a Winn Dixie earlier that day and I saw all the different flavors of Chek available, but I didn't buy any. 
Minute Maid:  I got this one on the plane back to St Louis.  As they served everyone their mid-flight drinks, I mentioned to my wife that I didn't have this Minute Maid can, so she asked for it and the lady gave it to us. 

Something to keep in mind... if we drive somewhere on vacation, I can collect a LOT more cans!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Summit Cans Have New Design

Earlier this year Shasta did a makeover of their can design.  After acquiring quite a few different flavors, I started seeing the new can designs for the flavors I already had.  So many of my Shasta flavors have two cans.

I found out this weekend that Summit, the ALDI brand of soda, has done the same thing.  The old Summit can design started with silver at the bottom and blended upwards into the color associated with the flavor (purple for grape, orange for orange, etc).

The new design has removed the silver and is now a solid color.  In the picture above, the old can design is on the top row and the new can design is on the bottom.  These are the only three cans so far that I have both designs.

November 26, 2011 update - I just got the new Citrus Twist can last night.  Here are those two designs:

Old and new

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fact or Fiction?

I found this online.  Some people claim it's real, others say it's fake.  Either way, I don't want to try it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Can Watch: 2011 World Series Coca-Cola Can

I'm worried about this one.  Let me explain...

Two nights ago the St Louis Cardinals won the 2011 World Series.  I live near St Louis, but am not interested in baseball.  When I look at this picture, I see a Coca-Cola can I don't have with a baseball team on it.  But there are going to be a lot of Cardinals fans wanting this can because it has the Cardinals on it.

I don't think I'll be finding this can in a ditch.  I don't think my usual contacts are going to give up the can because most of them are Cardinals fans.  And I assume there will be somewhat of a market for these on eBay for sports collectors.  So I'll see how this one goes.  Maybe I'll get lucky and Santa will put one in my stocking in a couple of months.  But I doubt it.

November 20 update - I got it!

November 24 update - I stumbled upon the can below two nights ago!!  I didn't know Pepsi also had a World Series can.  Read this post for more information.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Can Watch: The Munsters

This Halloween season brought about many new can designs, of which I have found none yet.  A set I just read about on the interwebs is a set of three cans released in 2000 featuring characters from The Munsters TV show. 

The coincidental thing about this find is that I never really watched The Munsters while growing up, so we've been having a Munsters-Marathon at work during our lunch break for the last couple of weeks.

So that makes these cans even that more appealing to me.  For now, I'll add these cans to my wish list and just keep watching the classic television show at work.

* These pics are from the internet

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can Watch: Dad's Gone Retro

Dad's Root Beer will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012.  To commemorate the milestone, they will be releasing four "retro cans" chosen from their catalog of previous can designs.  Production of the new cans is set to begin on November 1, 2011.

* This picture was found on the internet

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Can Watch: Coca-Cola Turns White

"Arctic Home" can
For the first time ever, Coca-Cola is losing the red in support of a cause.  On November 1, Coke cans will show polar bears in front of a white background.  Coca-Cola will be written in red.

Coca-Cola is teaming with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise money to help protect the polar bear's home in the Arctic.  The new packaging will be on store shelves through February 2012.

The polar bear has been a Coca-Cola icon since 1922.

* I found this pic on the internet.  It is not from my collection.

November 15 update - I knew it wouldn't be long before I had my own "Arctic Home" can.  In fact, now I have two.

The can on the left was the first white Coke can I saw.  I brought it home as a souvenir from the cruise ship when we went to the Bahamas.  The can on the right is from a co-worker who supplies me with Coke cans.  It was through him that I was able to get this bottom-opened can for my collection.

January 5, 2012 update - And now for the conclusion of this story.  After Coca-Cola discontinued the white Arctic Home cans, they released the red Arctic Home cans.  This morning I saw a red can on the side of the road about a block from  where I work.  I circled around and picked it up... and it was the red Arctic Home can.  Whew!  Glad this story is over. 

Or is it?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

dnL and 7up

Introduced in September 2002, dnL was part of the 7 Up family of soft drinks.  Its name and logo came from the 180-degree rotation of the name 7 Up.  While 7 Up had a lemon-lime flavor, dnL had a lime-lemon flavor.  7 Up was a clear drink but dnL had the color of Mountain Dew, one of its biggest competitors. 

dnL was released the same year alternate versions of other brands were released, including Pepsi Blue, Dr Pepper Red Fusion and Vanilla Coke. 

dnL was discontinued in 2006 in favor of 7 Up Plus.

dnL - Rightside up
dnL - Upside down

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Give Me Liberty

So I got this can in a lot I bought from California.  Liberty Sport Drink.  "That's neat," I thought as I looked it over.  It appears to be the Golden Gate Bridge under the name.  "That's neat."  After all, I did buy it from California.  And then I turned it around to see what kind of distribution or packaging info I could find and I was surprised.  The back of the can is printed in Japanese!  Well now what? 

I posted pics on a couple of soda can forums but got no response.  I emailed the guy I bought the cans from but he said he collects beer cans and the soda cans he sold to me came with a group of beer cans he bought.  So he didn't know anything about this can.

I have done research on the internets and can't find any information at all about it.  So if anyone out there has ANY information about this can or company, please leave a comment.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

2008 Beijing Olympics Coca-Cola Cans

In 2008, Coca-Cola released a series of cans for the Olympics held in Beijing. 

The main set consisted of five cans each representing a different country with the Coca-Cola logo written in each country's primary language.  Underneath each logo was a vertical silver bar that read "Olympic Games Collector Series."  And below each silver bar was the can's number in the 5-can set. 

The cans from left to right (numbered 1 to 5, respectively) are Russia, Thailand, USA, Ethiopia and Mandarin. 

There were additional decorative cans from other countries, but this was the base numbered set.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dr Pepper in the Park

A walk through the park today yielded this Dr Pepper can:


Sunday, October 9, 2011

America's Turning 7 Up

Guess what?  In addition to the 1976 "United We Stand" 7 Up set, there is a set called "America's Turning 7 Up," which was 7 Up's advertising campaign in 1978-79.

My "America's Turning 7 Up" cans
Each can is individually numbered (1-50) and has a short paragraph about that can's state.  I have only acquired four of the fifty cans in the set so far, and those came from some can lots I bought on eBay before I was even aware the set existed.
Complete set
I got this picture from the internet.  Notice when you stack the cans in order, the white on the cans makes the outline of the 48 contiguous states. 

Add another set to complete to the checklist...