I blog primarily over at "geosciblog" (http://geosciblog.blogspot.com), I am doing this one for fun. It is inspired by 30+ years of beer can collecting and having tried more than 3,000 different American beers during that time. “. . . And beer was drunk with reverence, as it ought to be.” — G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Grading Cans and Other Collecting Notes

As with other collectibles, condition is an important factor in determining a beer can's value, along with rarity and other factors.

A good website on beer can collecting is rustycans.com. On this particular page is a listing of different beer can terms and on this page is a pictoral and descriptive guide to conditions Mint through Grade 5.

For all except the most excessively rare cans, the prices drop off rapidly with decreasing condition. So unless you know what you are doing, don't pay good money for a rusty can, just 'cause it looks old.

On this particular page is a listing of the different Can of the Month, below the "History" heading, wherein you can find some interesting reading on interesting cans from extinct breweries.

Of interest to Southeastern collectors is the Atlantic Brewing Co. (Charlotte, NC) "Plantation can". This particular brewery was part of a regional company with breweries in Chattanooga, TN, Norfolk, VA, Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. Only the Atlanta and Charlotte breweries made cans.

This web site has some info on the Orlando Atlantic brewery and what became of it after it closed. It produced some extremely rare cans from the Marlin Brewing Co. and some sought-after (though not as rare) National Bohemian varieties later.
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