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Coca Cola Memorabilia

Updated on February 19, 2009
by * hiro008
by * hiro008

Coca Cola Company

The Coca Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of non-alcoholic beverages, which is pretty impressive if you as k me. The company was founded by Dr. John Stith Pemberton and Ed Holland, who were the co-founders of J. S. Pemberton Medicine Company.

Coca Cola was founded on three products:

  1. Pemberton's French Wine of Cola (now known as Coca-Cola)
  2. Pemberton's Indian Queen Hair Dye
  3. Pemberton's Globe Flower Cough Syrup

In 1886, Pemberton designed the basic recipe for Coke, and in 1889, the actual brand for Coca-Cola was purchased. To date, Coca Cola has nearly 400 brands in over 200 countries and territories.

It's even been estimated that about 1.5 billion servings of Coke each day.

With such as large, and well known company, it's only reasonable that people collect items and products with the brand name printed on the label. People even collect old Coca Cola bottles.

The Coca Cola memorabilia products that are available are wide and varied, which means your collection could be a great investment if you really spend time learning and shopping around.

Buying Coca Cola Collectibles

If you are getting into collecting Coca Cola products, it can be beneficial for you to learn a little history about the company, as there have been generations of men who have played a role in the company and the soda, itself.

Become familiar with the different Coca Cola objects that have the brand printed on them. You'll find that there are many, ranging from clocks, tin signs, toys, pens, coolers, bottle openers, and more. You may even find that each era produced a different product that will bring you further into the history of the company.

Although, you may not think that knowing the history of a company or a collection line is important in collecting and hobbies, it really is. The more that you know about the hobby you're in, the better your collection will fair when buying and selling.

It's also a good idea to shop around before actually buying any collectibles. You will probably find that there are more collectors selling the same thing that you may think, which means that you can find better prices with a little know how and research.

Make sure that what you do end up buying, is what you want. Check for scratches, dents, and anything that could cause imperfections in the product. Be happy with what you purchase.

Where to Buy Coca Cola Collectibles

Since collecting Coca Cola memorabilia is a pretty big hobby, you'll find that there are a few places that will give you a good head start.

Make sure to check online auctions, such as eBay, where you can find fairly low prices on many rare, vintage, and unique collectibles.

Another pretty common place, is to check the store. In many instances, you can find products with the Coca Cola label. This is probably one of the cheaper methods of adding to your collection.

Other places where you could find Coca Cola products would include trading with other collectors, flea markets, yard sales, and local events where vendors may give out products.

Many collectors actually join the Coca Cola promotion campaigns, where they can receive those items only released during special promotions. Although, in many instances, you'll need to purchase a lot of soda before you can redeem for various products, but to avid collectors, it's worth it. You'll find that you can redeem for t-shirts, ash trays, watches, etc.

Also, watch for other companies, especially fast food restaurants such as McDonalds and Burger King, as they will frequently have promotional campaigns where you can receive great products.

And, lastly another great place to look for Coca Cola products is at Coca Cola collector's club meetings. This is where trading can occur. You can speak with other collectors in your area that can give you a better look at your collection and the value of it.

Value of Coca Cola Memorabilia

When trying to figure out the value of your Coca Cola collection, there are a few places that you can check to get a semi-accurate idea as to what your Coca-Cola products are worth.

Although, you may be able to check out the online auction sites, such as eBay, to get an idea as to what your memorabilia is worth, it can be skewed depending on how low the auction is started. Many collectors will set a reserve or just start the bidding high, but that is not always the case, but checking out online auctions is a good place to start when trying to figure out the value of your collection.

Personally, one of the best places to price your collection is via pricing guides. The pricing guides are great for collectors who purchase higher priced products, and just about any avid collector. The pricing guides typically list all Coca Cola memorabilia throughout the years. Although, sometimes the guides do not contain all products, they typically contain most of the memorabilia products available.

Of the pricing guides that you can purchase, you can find two different guides. 1) The first guide will typically include a variety of items ranging from calendars, vending machines, coupons, magazine ads, and various advertising pieces typically throughout a certain era. 2) The second collectors' pricing guide will include a theme item such as the entire bottle collection or Polar Bear pieces.

You can also get an idea as to what the value of your collector's pieces are by speaking with other Coca Cola collectors. Join groups, visit expos and conventions, check out online forums, etc.


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    • Vezpa profile image

      Vezpa 9 years ago from Currently: London

      Nice hub, and wow, the worlds largest company of a non-alcoholic beverages, that is suprising! Do you believe that coke tastes better in a glass bottle? I've never tasted a difference.

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      eovery 9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      So is it true that Coca-Cola used to have cocaine in it?

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Netters profile image

      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very interesting about how it got started. Thank you.

    • Angela Harris profile image

      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Fun read. I should start collecting Coke memorabilia, as Coca Cola is my only real vice.

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      Sheila 9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Thumbs up! I lived in Japan in the late 1980's, when the Coca Cola ad line was "I feel coke." Wish I'd brought home a few of those bottles and cans. . .