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Coca-Cola Collectible Memorabilia
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Coca-Cola Collectible Memorabilia
Advertising items that show company names, especially if the item is antique or vintage, are highly collectible. And of the companies whose products are most collectible is Coca-Cola. Perhaps it has to do with how many people like the taste of Coca-Cola. It does not extend to other Coke products. Few people collect Tab memorabilia.
Coca-Cola collectibles include old signs, old bottles, trays, and silver bars and rounds. Perhaps the newest addition to collectible Coca-Cola memorabilia is the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
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Coca-Cola Collectible Signs
Coca-Cola signs are very collectible if they are old and in good condition, especially tin signs. So how can you tell the age of a Coca-Cola sign? Look at the image of the product. The shape of the bottle often dates a Coca-Cola sign. And the price, if included, and certainly add to the dating a sign.
Even if a sign is old enough, ask if it is in good enough condition to exhibit proudly. Condition is important. Remember, the sign would probably be hung on a wall, so a pleasing appearance is critical.
Coca-Cola trays exist in abundance, and can be found in a multitude of sizes and shapes. There are large trays, miniature trays, and those in between. Trays come round and rectangular.
As with signs, the age and condition are important. Again, the images on a tray can be a clue, but not as reliable as it would be with a sign. It is not impossible to put an image of an old bottle on a new tray. Referring to a reference book is essential.
Trays are functional. They can be used. And in using a tray they can be dented or scratched. Check the condition.
Look on the back and see if there is a date. This can be a good start in evaluating a Coca-Cola tray.
Old Coca-Cola bottles are collected. Perhaps it is because the nostalgic image brings back the great taste we enjoyed years ago. Small glass bottles carbonate differently, and the higher pressure used to carbonate Coca-Cola when these bottles were used certainly contributed to the taste.
It is quite possible a collector will want what at first appear to be identical bottles. Look on the bottom. Old bottles have city names on them.
Bottles for special events exist, and can add to a collection.
Coca-Cola Silver Art Bars and Rounds
Coca-Cola has had several series of silver art bars and rounds minted. Perhaps the most well known is the set produced to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Coca-Cola. Perhaps the most desirable is the set of silver rounds depicting antique vehicles. The least expensive are probably the Coca-Cola Christmas silver rounds/ Then there is a series showing different containers, such as old soda fountain glasses, from which Coca-Cola has traditionally been consumed.
Most, albeit not all, silver bars and rounds produced for Coca-Cola are one Troy ounce of fine silver.
Coca-Cola Polar Bear
The newest symbol of Coca-Cola that appears to be heading towards a respectable place among collectibles is the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
Doll collectors should like this one. In fact, there is a whole group of doll collectors who specialize in Barbie. And when Barbie is paired up with Coca-Cola, the appeal is to a multitude of collectors. Some may even include other collectible groups, such as Nascar of McDonalds. Each of those entities have tits own collectibles, and avid collectors.
Coca-Cola Lionel Train
Coca-Cola teamed with Lionel trains to produce some especially collectible model train cars, entire train sets, and Coca-Cola truck accessories for Lionel train sets..
Coca-Cola 100 th Anniversary Medallions
Coca-Cola issued a Bronze Medallion commemorating its one hundred year anniversary. The medallion was issued in the mid-1980s. Coca-Cola's 75th anniversary bars and rounds were issued starting in the mid-1970s. The seeming contradiction is because the 75 th anniversary bars and rounds celebrate seventy-five years of bottling plants, but the one hundredth anniversary medallions celebrate one hundred years of Coca-Cola. It was first sold at soda fountains.
Before those flashing time and temperature signs, companies often provided thermometers to those selling their products. These big, bold thermometers brought the eye right to the advertising message at the point of sale.
Get a Book
Coca-Cola collectibles are much like other collectibles, some are valuable while others are not. Before collecting it is always wise to get a book. This will guide you in what is available, and what you should expect to pay. Without a book you could be buying inexpensive items at premium prices.