Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dr Pepper Winners

A couple of days ago a co-worker brought this Dr Pepper can to me.


When I saw the can, I had the same expression as Courtney, haha.  I love seeing a new can that I didn't know existed.  Last year Dr Pepper had a can set showing scholarship winners so I'm assuming this is something like that.  I haven't done any research yet but I think they have some kind of tuition contest going on.  And I don't know how many cans are in the set yet.

So I'll keep an eye out for more excited people on the sides of cans.

10-14-12 update -  A couple of days ago I found the following two Dr Pepper cans in the trash at an antique mall:


Watching for can #4...

 11-01-12 update - I found this one at the local Dollar General store:

12-10-12 update - I found this one at the same local Dollar General store:

12-18-12 update - I found this one at the same local Dollar General store:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Hard Thing to Do

So I have my "A" cans which are in my main collection.  And then I have my "B" cans which are on shelves in the garage.  They are my doubles and are used for trades.  And then there are the "C" cans which are basically doubles of my doubles.  Ok, I have a hard time getting rid of cans.

Today, for the first time in the year and a half I've been collecting, I pulled out some cans to get rid of.

These are basically some of my "C" cans.  The good thing is now I have room on my trade shelves for more "B" cans.  And when someone visits my site to check out the trade cans they won't have to weed through the doubles that were there (I will update the trade can pics soon).

I don't like getting rid of the cans because I feel there is a collector somewhere that would love to have them.  When I began, I would have given anything for two trash bags full of cans!!!

But these are going to a good cause.  The cans are going to a recycle project the students are doing at the school where my wife works.  Eventually the cans will be recycled and the money will go towards books for their library. 

Even with all of those pluses, it's still a hard thing to do.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Spur-of-the-Moment Shopping Success

This afternoon I was in the neighborhood of a couple of stores that have "cheap" drinks, so I decided to drop in to see if they had any cans I needed.  And boy, did they!

All of this for a tad over $10.  Not bad for one day's work.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cherry Lime Rickey

A couple of months ago I read about 2012 being AriZona tea's 20th anniversary.  So they had a contest for their "customers" (I guess that's what the people who drink AriZona are called) to pick the anniversary flavor and design the anniversary can.  But there was one caveat, the can would be available exclusively at 7-Eleven stores.

On the way to work today, I decided to see if there were any 7-Elevens around me.  I found one about 4 blocks from where I work (in a direction I normally don't travel, that's why I didn't know it was there).  I called and asked if they had the flavor and they said, "We sure do."


And now the can is in my collection.  And I have to say I love this can design.  Just looking at it makes me want to drink it!  And the flavor sounds excellent.  One of the coolest things about the can is the matte white top.


I haven't opened it yet to taste it, I'll save that for an upcoming episode of my taste-test podcast.  But at this point I will give this product a preliminary grade of A+.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Green Mountain

Last month a visitor to my site contacted me and asked if I knew anything about this Green Mountain can.

 I searched the internet and couldn't find much information.  I did find a site that said the can is from Minnesota. 

Another site listed it as a citrus flavored soda.  That site dated the can to 1979.

It's a crimped steel can with a tab top.  And the canning information on the side says it was produced by Contract Beverage Inc.

So if anyone has any additional info, please post a comment.  Thanks!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Fluted Can

During a recent visit to an antique mall, I found a few interesting cans.  Here is one of them.

The can was some kind of promo can from American National Can for their new fluted can design.  See the can pic below for a list of advantages of their life-changing cans.

I couldn't tell how well the flute design was coming through in the pics, so I took another pic to try to show the ribs along the can.

I like how the can says it's "The can of the future... consumers prefer it!"  My only question is how many of you have even heard of a fluted can?  I guess it wasn't such a big hit after all.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

You Won A Watch!

Without cap
With cap
Last weekend at an antique mall, I found a few interesting soda cans.

The first can I want to post about is a Red Creme Barq's can that had a black cap on it resembling a hollowed out hockey puck.  I took the cap off and the can had no lid on top of it.  And then I read the cap.  Apparently at one point they had a contest where you could instantly win a digital watch.

Inside the can was a thick cardboard roll that made the can feel about the weight of a full soda can.  I don't know if the cans were hidden inside 12-packs or in vending machines (probably the former).  

The only thing that would have made this can better is if the watch had still been with it.  I have searched all over the internet and can't find anything about the contest.  And so far I've been unable to date the can.

They also had a regular Barq's can that was a winner, but since I had that design already I just bought this Red Creme can.  Now I wish I had picked up both of them.

If you have any info about this can/contest, please post a comment.  Thanks!!!

10/24/12 update - BeerCanRich99, someone I've traded cans with in the past, found a picture of the Barq's watch.  Thanks BCR99!