View Full Version : dug out a few more old sodas..

06-22-2005, 11:54 AM
Was looking for something a few nights ago and found these sodas in one of my hiding places.

Here's a full carton of Fusion. I need to drain these cans before they leak and ruin the carton:


Carton of Grapico. I think this is the best drink ever. Nobody can touch it:


Several different 6 packs of Yoo-Hoo:


A couple more 6 packs of Surge, with wrestlers on the cans, and Barq's with the Simpsons on the cans:


16 oz. Mello Yello cans. I had forgotten about meleon and Cherry!


8oz. cans of the same:


10oz. cans of the the Cherry and Melon. I guess these all need to be drained too:


Mr Zabe
06-22-2005, 12:25 PM
Absolutely amazing!!!!!!
You are for sure a hard core collector.
Your mellow yellow cans are so cool.

How many cans/bottles do you have in your collection?

06-22-2005, 12:51 PM
Thanks Zabe. I have about 12000 cans and somewhere around 15000 bottles. That's just the containers, which are my favorite. Also, have about 30 coke machines, dozens of signs, clock, etc.

Been collecting since I was 12 yrs old (32 now). It all began when my grandfather passed away, when I was 12. My uncle inherited some of his property. On the property was a small brick building, all grown up with trees and vines. I had asked my mother what it was. She said my grandfather had a store in that building in the 40s and 50s. She believed he closed it up in the late 50s and hadn't open it again. Anyway, my uncle wanted to clean it out and make a hunting camp out of it. We went inside, it had 1 coke machine (round top) inside with 3 chest type coke coolers. Tons of bottles. On the outside of the store were still a few old coke signs, and an old colony sign. Well, my uncle wanted it all cleaned out. He had taken some of the bottles to the supermarket to get money back and they laughed at him. Said they were too old to be returned (10-2-4 dr. peppers, amber orange crush, etc.)

So, he asked me if I wanted them. I was in awe. Never seen any bottles that old. Thought they were the coolest things in the world. So, we loaded up the machines and couple hundred bottles and I've been collecting ever since. Now, I've got 3 houses full of soda stuff. Looking to open a museum one of these days, whenever I can get more property. Sorry for the longwinded response. What about you?

Mr Zabe
06-22-2005, 01:04 PM
Well, first off..your collection deserves to be shared with the public. Just mind boggling what you have accumulated.

You responses are never longwinded, I am learning so much with each message you post. (Not kissing up, that's just how I feel.)

As for me, I'm not a collector. I enjoy learning about the past and how it effects the present in the soda pop industry.

06-22-2005, 01:06 PM
i gotta get my collection ******. first, that requires hours of patience and, secondly, a digital camera.

06-22-2005, 01:16 PM
Thanks again Zabe.

I just found a few early pictures of my collection. These are pictures of my bedroom from when I was in high school (about 1990). My friends loved to come over and spend the night and just stare at the walls. However, I had a few friends that wouldn't stay because they were afraid of an avalanche!! Which I've lost a few bottles due to those..

This room is still pretty much the same. I locked the door at my parents until I can get some room to move it all. Most of what I get now, sadly gets boxed up. I simply don't have room. Trying to acquire 40 acres from a family behind me now. If they hurry and sell, a museum would go up quickly! ahh. wishful thinking...





DJ HawaiianShirt
06-22-2005, 01:30 PM
That's pretty damn ridiculous.

And by ridiculous, I mean awesome.

Look In The Tunk
06-22-2005, 01:38 PM
I miss the Simpsons Barqs cans, I wish I had kept one.

In the 16 oz Mello Yello pics, you can see on your bottom shelf the old huge Kaula Cappichino jug bottles that were around in 2002 ish. That bottle was always so awkard to drink out of!

I think they just put it in a regular bottle now.

06-22-2005, 01:55 PM
Wow! That stuff has got to be worth a small fortune!

Really cool. So weird how the packaging changed over the years.

It looks like Coca-Cola's has changed the least though. Maybe that's why it's still king.

06-22-2005, 02:45 PM
WOW! Is this your whole collection?

06-22-2005, 02:51 PM
Could you line up all the Diet Coke cans from over the years, and take a picture, so we can see how it's evolved? Thanks. smile.gif

06-22-2005, 03:10 PM
That is incredible. smile.gif

06-22-2005, 03:48 PM
Thanks guys.

Sorry, can't line up all the diet coke cans, because they are stored everywhere.

No, that's not the entire collection, just what I had in my bedroom back in high school 15 yrs ago. I have 3 houses of stuff now, and 2 garages.

Coke hasn't changed their mainstream packaging much over the years but have domintated in the test market\protoype area. That's one of my concentrations. Especially, in the 1970s, they came out with tons of test cans and bottles, different labels, sizes, shapes, etc. I'll post some more pics later. Here's a few examples of what I'm referring to. While some of these bottles appear to be the same, they aren't.

Some are paper label, some are foil, some are liter vs. 32 ozs, some are plastic coated glass, some aren't. Some bottles appear identical, but neck labels are different, etc.






06-22-2005, 03:55 PM
The Coca-Cola script has pretty much stayed the same all these years, but the Coke font and swoosh have changed a little.

DJ HawaiianShirt
06-22-2005, 04:26 PM
Hey, I remember the "It's the real thing." catch phrase...


If you're into prototype/test packaging, did you pick up one of the C2 8-packs? Do they make those anymore or are they 12? They always irritated me, cuz I always wanted 12.

Pete, you're the Santa Clause of the BevBoards, and your pictures are special goodies that you give as gifts. ;)

06-22-2005, 04:27 PM
That whole 8-pak thing was a sham. They were only giving you 8 cans, but charging you for 12. I'm pretty sure that C2 is the same price as other Coke products now.

06-22-2005, 04:33 PM
I try to keep up with all the fridge packs but it's very difficult and very expensive. I think I have the 8 pack, 12 pack and 24 pack of C2.

06-22-2005, 05:07 PM
Do you have any of the *old* tab cans, with the funky designs?

06-22-2005, 05:15 PM
Yea, I have several of the test\protoype bottles from Tab. I'll take a few pictures sometime soon. Some of the older cans too. Here's one of the early ones.


06-22-2005, 05:21 PM
Thanks! :D

06-22-2005, 05:37 PM
No problem. I also have all of the flavored Tabs they test marketed in the 70s, which usually gross people out.

Tab Root Beer, Tab Ginger Ale, Tab Orange, Tab Strawberry, Tab Black Cherry, etc.

06-22-2005, 06:05 PM
Yes, I understand that Diet flavors from Coke were marketed under the Tab brand. There were a few diet Fanta flavors, but not many.

So, what is that green labled Fanta in between the Sprite & the Fanta Orange?

Have any of the Patio flavors?

What was Canada Dry's Purple Passion like?

Outrageously good collection there!! :cool:

06-22-2005, 06:14 PM
I thought that was the Lemon Fanta at first, but I guess it IS green. -_-;;

06-22-2005, 06:17 PM
As Peter Griffin (Family Guy) might say, that collection is FREAKIN SWEET!!

Mr Zabe
06-22-2005, 07:46 PM
By the powers I just made up. LOL
I hereby declare Wonkapete the main man of soda pop collectors. You have given new meaning to the words "must have" and "why not".

Bravo to your dedication and thank you for sharing your collection with this board.


06-22-2005, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by riot:
Could you line up all the Diet Coke cans from over the years, and take a picture, so we can see how it's evolved? Thanks. smile.gif Check out www.usasoda.com (http://www.usasoda.com) to see how the diet coke cans have evolved and many other brands.

06-22-2005, 08:47 PM
Here are some pictures of my collection although most of my cans are in boxes at the moment and I collect older cans with the exception of Shasta and yes every can is different in some way.







If you want bigger pictures you can visit www.canconnection.com/collect.htm (http://www.canconnection.com/collect.htm) and click on each picture for a bigger view.

I also have a collection of 422 (and counting as I just recieved vault today) different brands/flavors of soda that I have drank since August of 2002. After I drink the first can of each flavor I put the can away, unfortunatley I do not have any pictures of them right now.

06-22-2005, 08:49 PM
Wonkapete you have some valuable cans in the pictures most notably the candy stripe Dr Pepper cone top of course I can't tell what condition it's in. Are you an any of the can collecting clubs, like the National Pop Can Collectors? If you're interested pm me and I can forward the info to you.

[ 06-22-2005, 07:51 PM: Message edited by: ithastabeshasta ]

06-22-2005, 09:02 PM
I did find 1 picture of the cans I have drank it are posted on www.canconnection.com/collect.htm (http://www.canconnection.com/collect.htm)

06-23-2005, 12:07 AM
Wow! Those old-style Tab cans look like they could've survived a nuclear war. LOL.

06-23-2005, 01:32 AM
Haha, thanks Zabe!

06-23-2005, 01:34 AM
ithastabeshasta, no, I'm not in any clubs. I'd be interested in the info! The candy stripe can is in grat condition.. a little faded on one side but, as you know, it's a tough one to find.

06-24-2005, 01:48 PM
I dig the "Sugar Free Mr Pibb" in the purple can!

itS JUSt SOdA dUdE
06-24-2005, 07:03 PM
Originally posted by wonkapete:
Yea, I have several of the test\protoype bottles from Tab. I'll take a few pictures sometime soon. Some of the older cans too. Here's one of the early ones.

http://photos15.flickr.com/20963156_2620db5074.jpg?v=0 does tab still have 1 calorie?

06-27-2005, 07:43 PM

Federal law lets you put any carbonated beverage with 5 calories as a zero calorie or higher product. (Up to 5, of course.)

The Interpreter
06-27-2005, 11:15 PM
Where is this law? Actually, it allows a beverage to be called Diet or low calorie, but it does NOT allow you to claim a beverage with five calories, or four, three, two or one per serving has ZERO.

We've been through this before...

06-28-2005, 03:17 AM
Just wanted to say I live right down the road from you.....great collection...

06-28-2005, 03:49 AM
Wow! Great collection!

Do you also collect energy drinks?

06-28-2005, 11:34 AM
Cool! Great to meet you Orion! You collect anything?

I have several energy drinks... don't go on hunts for them but when I see intresting ones, I pick them up.

06-28-2005, 01:31 PM
Both of you posted EXCELLENT collection pics!

06-28-2005, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by wonkapete:

http://photos15.flickr.com/20947948_c5b60399eb.jpg?v=0 Wow!, they look so funny, bigger and heavy, and the funniest thing is that they carry less than 2 liters.

The only familiar returnable glass bottle we had in México is the 1.25 liter bottle. And this bottle has disappeared, now we have only 2 liter and 2.5 liter PET bottles as familiar returnable bottles.

Wonkapete, mis respetos por tu colección (My respect for your collection)

[ 06-28-2005, 04:56 PM: Message edited by: ramonazo ]

Mr Zabe
06-28-2005, 07:08 PM
Those bottles from the 70's and early 80's look small because,we as a society were not brain washed into to the "you must fill you face pre super size mentality" that the big food/beverage companies laid upon us consumers.

It does take to tango. I recall as a young boy that we drank maybe 3 bottles of tab with meals. That would amount to 36oz for 2 adults and 2 kids.
Drinking soda pop was a treat.

Now a days if I do not suck down 36oz with dinner than I do not feel satisfied. It was a slippery slope; slowly the American Consumer was brain washed into needing to feel full with beverage or food. Too full most of the times.

[ 06-28-2005, 06:11 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]

06-28-2005, 09:08 PM
Originally posted by The Interpreter:
Where is this law? Actually, it allows a beverage to be called Diet or low calorie, but it does NOT allow you to claim a beverage with five calories, or four, three, two or one per serving has ZERO.

We've been through this before... Then why does TaB now have zero calories? Hmm? The small amount of aspartame didn't take it away.
Pepsi One as the same amount of calories, at least before the splenda switch, as Diet Pepsi did. Slightly different ingredients.