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...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Good Grief, More Cans?

I was rather proud of my 1992 Snoopy A&W cans.  I had collected four of them from various can lots I bought on eBay.

My Snoopy cans
 ...until I did some research online and found out there are four more of them.

Complete collection
The above picture came from an eBay listing for all eight cans... for a mere $359.08.  So the hunt continues.  Some day I hope to display the entire collection on my shelf.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stocking the Second Set of Shelves

It took quite a while, but the new shelves now have cans on them.  I basically had to take down all the cans from the first shelves, combine them with all the new cans, and start organizing them alphabetically from scratch.  There are now three sections to the collection:

These are my cans
A thru S. 

The top three rows are my foreign cans (from Japan and the Middle East).

The next four rows are cans T thru Z.

The next four rows are my Mountain Dew and Shasta cans.

The top six rows are my Coca-Cola cans.

The bottom six rows are my Pepsi cans.

And this doesn't include my 7 Up state can set, my 1977 RC baseball cans, 1978 RC baseball cans, etc.  

So am I done building shelves?  No.  Now I need some shelves to hold taller 16 oz cans (energy drinks and tea cans) and shelves to hold my short 8 oz stubbies.  But those will be built sometime in the future.  For now, the tools have been put away and my collector's hat is back on.