Coca-Cola Collector Explains Why Things Go Better With Coke

December 30th, 2008

Bobby Liao discusses collecting Coca-Cola commemorative bottles and other memorabilia, and discusses vintage Coke advertising items and the history of the company and its bottlers. Based in Palo Alto, California, Bobby can be reached via his website, Bobby’s Coca-Cola on the Web, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

I started collecting Coca-Cola in 1994. The World Cup soccer games were being hosted at the Stanford Stadium and I saw Coke bottles commemorating the World Cup games on the shelves. I thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool,” so I bought a six-pack. I noticed that the bottles had different flags representing the countries that were participating in the World Cup games. I started looking for all of them, and eventually I got a whole set. There were six different flags.

Collect-A-Card Series I trading card

Collect-A-Card Series I trading card

Now, pretty much everywhere I go, I look for bottles. I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve lost track, but I think I have about 5,000 bottles and cans. I ran out of space to display them, so I put them in storage. I just keep some of the ones that I really like on display.

There’s one grand-opening bottle I picked up in Fiji for a new bottling plant. We happened to be going through Fiji, so I looked in the phone book to find out where the bottling plant was. We took a bus and a taxi to the factory, and I knocked on the door and said, “We’re collectors from the United States. Can we come in for a tour?” The security guard was caught off guard, but they were really nice. Fijians are wonderful people, very hospitable. The security guard contacted marketing, and then marketing contacted someone in the plant, and a young lady came out to greet us. My wife and I were able to get a private tour.

It was a relatively new plant. It opened in 1995 and we were there in 1998. There was a special commemorative bottle in the display case and I said, “Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those bottles?” The person that escorted us said, “You know what, I have one on my desk. Here, let me go get it.” That just shows how wonderful the people were. We had a great time there and it was memorable because we traveled a long way and we really didn’t know there was a bottle.

We picked up other bottles locally from the markets in Fiji, but that was a special bottle. Up until that time, I don’t think anybody was aware of that bottle here in the States. They probably only produced a handful, and from what I was told, it was only given to the executives, employees, and people who attended the grand opening of the bottling plant. So that’s one of my favorites.

There are a few others, too. Back in 1993, The California State Tourism Board did a partnership with Coca-Cola to try to get Japanese tourists to come to California. They ran this promotion called California Dream. If you bought Coke products, you could enter the sweepstakes to win a number of trips on United Airlines from Tokyo to California with different destinations, including Napa, San Francisco, SeaWorld, Monterey, and Hollywood.

They put out special cans and I was able to get quite a few. They were not made for consumption. They don’t have Coke inside, so they call them air filled cans. They had very beautiful graphics of the different destinations in California and they were produced in Japan. Living here in California and being able to get something like that was neat, so these are in my display box. The air-filled cans usually are released to commemorate certain events. The cans I got were sent to travel agencies and tourism offices, so that’s why they didn’t have Coke in them. They’re actually quite rare. They did more of this overseas than here in the States.

Embossed Coca-Cola bottle

Embossed Coca-Cola bottle

Another can that I really like is the New Coke from 1985. They changed the formula in 1985 and created a huge uproar, so they had to bring back the old formula, which they renamed Coke Classic. The bottling plant in New York City was one of the first plants to bottle New Coke with the new formula. I have a can that has Coke in it, but it doesn’t have a pull cap on top. They canned these for the guests and bottling plant employees to commemorate the inaugural production of New Coke in April 1985. New Coke was around for a couple of years, and then redone and renamed Coke II, and eventually discontinued.

In the early ‘80s, they did a lot of taste tests, Coke versus Pepsi and all that. Pepsi stated that more people preferred Pepsi over Coke, so the Coca-Cola Company thought, “it must be that Pepsi is sweeter.” The New Coke formula actually had a sweeter taste than the original Coke. But people didn’t realize they were going to take away the old Coke, and got really upset, so they actually kept both Cokes on the shelves for a couple years, Coke Classic and the New Coke. What we have today is supposedly the original Coke, but they call it Coke Classic. This only happened in North America. Everywhere else, they still have the original Coke. If you look at a Coca-Cola bottle or can in Europe or Asia, you won’t see Coca-Cola Classic; you would just see Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola also did some bottles with different organizations – universities and colleges as well as Ronald McDonald House. They came up with a special bottle for them to give out at a charity or fundraising event. I got one that was for a local fundraiser at the Stanford Law School. Something like that was never sold, only given to guests or people who attended the event, so to me they’re more collectible.

Collectors Weekly: You’re also interested in the Coca-Cola envelopes, right?

Liao: Before I started collecting Coca-Cola, I collected stamps. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat to try to get an envelope from each of the Coca-Cola bottling plants?” It’s a combination of my stamp collecting hobby and Coca-Cola. Every bottling plant had their own stationery to mail checks, correspond with their suppliers, etc. Not very many people collect that, but I was able to find a couple collectors to trade with, and now people know that I collect them and will usually send me an e-mail if they get something.

When you’ve been collecting for this long, you learn about the history. All the bottling plants have been consolidated; there are fewer and fewer now. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we used to have over a dozen different bottling plants, but there’s no Coca-Cola bottler here in the Bay Area at all now, and only two distribution centers. The envelopes with the address on it give you a clue that a particular bottling plant had existed there before, and you can use the postmark to see when it was used. They’re hard to find. I look at Coca-Cola shows or stamp shows, and of course eBay is by far the easiest way. Every week I look on eBay.

Envelope addressed to Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Sept. 15, 1929

Envelope addressed to Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company – Sept. 15, 1929

As far as stamps go, there have been a couple of Coca Cola stamps produced, but not in the U.S. Coca-Cola is a trademark, so foreign postal agencies actually licensed the trademark, to make stamps for collectors. There are stamps that people collect called tax revenue stamps. In the early days, with a lot of the merchandise, you needed to have the tax revenue stamps affixed. Some people collect these, but they’re also very hard to find.

Some people collect not just the envelope, but the letter that was mailed. Some people collect the checks that the company produced, stock certificates, brochures, things like that. Most people start off collecting everything, and eventually they’ll specialize in one area or another.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of the rarest Coca-Cola items you collect?

Liao: I’ve been focused primarily on bottles and cans. There are some rare test market bottles or cans, where the Coca-Cola Company or the bottlers tried to experiment with new packaging. Those are a lot harder to find; they weren’t even given away or used in a fundraising event. Usually some employees kept them. I’ve not seen any prototype cans myself, but I’ve read about them in the club newsletters.

Then there are the space cans that went up with the space shuttle Challenger in the 1980s. Those are probably the most highly sought after and expensive cans you can find. They were designed so they could be used in the shuttle. They made a few of these as prototypes, and they were actually sent up in space. They also produced some reproductions that were given to certain individuals, and even the reproductions that are authorized by the company are very hard to find. I saw one on eBay that went for over a thousand dollars. In the world of soda bottles and cans, anything in the thousand-dollar range is pretty expensive.

Collectors Weekly: Do most Coca-Cola bottle collectors also collect cans?

1993 California Dream can series

1993 California Dream can series

Liao: In the U.S., most people collect Coca-Cola bottles and not as many collect cans, but if you go to Europe or Asia, most people collect cans and not bottles. That has to do with the variety of bottles available. In Europe and Asia, it’s hard to find commemorative bottles. There are a lot more cans. In fact, there’s more variety of commemorative cans than here in the U.S. In recent years, because of eBay and the Internet, people will trade back and forth, so some people collect both, but normally you’ll find people specializing in one or the other.

In the world of Coca-Cola collecting, bottles are just a small part. There are people who actually collect Coca-Cola trays, calendars, pretty much anything that the Coca-Cola Company put out in terms of advertising. Those types of items are harder to come by and there are not as many new items.

The commemorative bottles I’ve mentioned are fairly recent. There are also collectors who specialize in the old, antique Coke bottles and will only collect what they call the straight-sided bottles. The Coke bottles we see today in stores are the contour shape. The earlier bottles are straight-sided, tall bottles, and some of them come in different colored glass: the amber color, the aqua color, and the clear glass. The contour bottles we see today have what they call a Georgia green color, and that’s the standard throughout. And there’s another type called a Hutchison bottle, which is different from these contour-shape bottles that we have, and there are collectors who specialize in just those.

Some collectors also look for glasses. Coke was first served as a fountain drink, so there are different shaped Coca-Cola glasses. There’s the flare type of glass and the bell-shaped glass, in small and larger sizes. These are things that the vintage collectors tend to focus on more.

Collectors Weekly: What were some of the different ways Coca-Cola was advertised?

Collect-A-Card Series I trading cards

Collect-A-Card Series I trading cards

Liao: The Coca-Cola Company was actually quite a pioneer in advertising. Coca-Cola was the first company to use coupons; they came up with the concept as a way for people to sample the product in the early 1890s. They also had large signs put up on display, either painted signs or porcelain signs, and they put up posters on streetcars. People collect these as well, and of course they’re very hard to come by. People take photos of old painted wall signs or these large porcelain signs. Some are rectangular, some are the round disc, and some are called fish-tail signs.

For the 1984 Olympics in L.A., Coca-Cola had signs in different languages that they put at the bus stop benches. After the Olympics, they took down the signs and people bought them as souvenirs. For the World Cup games, they had these large signs that had a Coca-Cola logo that showed the World Cup games played at Stanford. There were four different ones and they hung them on the light posts on El Camino Real. They went to the city and they were sold to raise money for the youth sports program.

The calendars and trays are also big in terms of advertising. The calendars were given to anybody who asked for them. Posters, stationery, you name it – there’s a wide variety of things Coca-Cola has produced to advertise.

Collectors Weekly: When did Coca-Cola start using Santa Claus in their advertising?

Liao: Coca-Cola commissioned an artist by the name of Haddon Sundblom to produce the images that would be used during Christmastime. I believe this was done back in 1931. Sundblom actually produced 30-some different paintings for Coca-Cola: ones with little puppies, some with kids, some by the refrigerator, and some with Christmas trees. The more recent ones are all pretty much based on those early images.

Collectors Weekly: Did Coca-Cola becoming more corporate affect collecting?

Liao: Yes and no. The Coca-Cola Company itself produces the syrup and does all the marketing. The bottling plants buy the syrup, add water and sugar, bottle it, and put it on the shelves. The bottling plants do local advertising as well to try to increase local sales. At one point, Coca-Cola had over a thousand bottling plants around the country, and all these bottling plants were independent. They weren’t owned by the Coca-Cola Company.

“Made by Coca-Cola, Georgia Coffee is the most popular coffee drink in Japan.”

Twenty years ago, the company decided that they’d be more efficient if they actually built larger bottling operations. Coca-Cola still doesn’t own them, but they own 50 percent of the bottling plant. Right now Coca-Cola Enterprises is the largest bottling company in the world. It’s a separate company from Coca-Cola Company, but it is owned in part by the company itself. Coca-Cola Enterprises bought out all the small independent bottling companies.

Sacramento has an independent bottling company that’s not affiliated with the big guys – the Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company. They’re family-owned since the 1920s, I believe. They produced some special bottles and cans just for local events and things like that. As most of these independent bottlers are bought out by the big corporations like Coca-Cola Enterprises, they don’t cater as much to the locals, so we’re seeing fewer of these local commemorative bottles and cans.

Collectors Weekly: Since the bottling companies are independently owned, is that why they didn’t change the formula in other countries?

1933 National Geographic Magazine ad

1933 National Geographic Magazine ad

Liao: Yes. When they introduced a new product, they would usually try it out in one market first. They wouldn’t do this worldwide. Fanta, for instance, was actually first produced by Coca-Cola in Germany in the 1940s. They introduced it in the U.S. in the 1960s. You’ll find certain products, not just Coca-Cola but other brands that Coca-Cola put out, that are available in different countries. Coca-Cola tried something called Coca-Cola Black, a coffee Coke. It was only out for a year here because people didn’t like it much, but it’s still available in France. In Japan, they have a coffee drink made by Coca-Cola called Georgia Coffee, and it’s the most popular coffee drink in Japan. The bottlers in different countries have some autonomy to produce beverages the locals prefer.

In some cases, Coca-Cola would actually buy the local beverage. In Peru, there’s a popular beverage called Inca-Cola that’s a clear-color cola drink. Coca-Cola bought them out, so now Inca-Cola is part of the Coca-Cola brand. In fact, you can buy Inca-Cola here in the U.S. because they actually bottle it here in the U.S., but depending on the country or the region, the local taste may be different.

Recently, they’ve introduced more flavors. We first had Cherry Coke in the 1980s, and now there’s Coke with lime, Coke with lemon, and the different Diet Coke drinks. Overseas, they came out with Coca-Cola Citrus, which is a lemon-lime-flavored Coke, and Coca-Cola Raspberry.

Some people collect those as well. Some will collect only Coca-Cola and nothing else. Some people go beyond Coca-Cola and collect Sprite or Fanta. Coca-Cola puts out over 400 different brands and varieties, and you can’t actually try to collect all 400. Each product would have different packages, from the small 8-ounce bottle to the large 2-liter. There’s the glass bottle, the plastic bottle, and different sizes of cans.

There are super collectors I know in the United States and Europe who do have bottles and cans in the tens of thousands, which is amazing. They basically build a museum around themselves. They have a big storage unit, or their whole basement or barn is filled with Coke. I’m amazed at the time and effort for someone to put together a collection like that. I’m not aware of any large collection here in the Bay Area. I know there are collectors here, but as far as bottle and can collectors go, the big collections are in Europe, the Midwest, and the South.

I don’t really have a sense of the number of European collectors. Nobody has really done a study on that. There is a Coca-Cola Collectors Club that’s been around since 1975. It’s not affiliated with the company. Currently, there are about 3,000 to 4,000 members. A great majority of them are here in the U.S., but not every Coca-Cola collector is with this club, and because this is a U.S. club, there are probably more American members. There are local clubs in Europe and Asia, which probably have hundreds of members as well.

In the U.S., which is where Coca-Cola originated, you can find a lot of things at flea markets, antique stores, and swap meets, but in Europe and Asia, they’re harder to find because Coca-Cola hasn’t been out there for as long. People tend to collect whatever they can get their hands on.

Collectors Weekly: When was the first Coca-Cola bottle distributed?

Liao: Coca-Cola was first invented in 1886 as a fountain drink. You were supposed to go into a pharmacy or a soda fountain and ask for a Coke, and it was always served in a glass. Somebody Mississippi started bottling in the 1890s on his own without approval from the Coca-Cola Company because he wanted his customers to be able to bring it home to enjoy. But officially, the first Coca-Cola bottler was actually started in 1899. The contour bottle we have today didn’t come about until 1915, because the bottlers just used whatever bottles they had available at the time. The Coca-Cola Company decided to standardize the bottle because there were a lot of imitation drinks and they wanted to make sure that they had a unique bottle design.

Coca-Cola was introduced globally in phases. I think they started first in Canada and Cuba and then Panama, and later on they introduced it in Europe. Today it’s available in pretty much every country you go, even if they don’t bottle in that country.

Collectors Weekly: Is the Coca-Cola Company involved in the collecting community?

Coca-Cola bottle cap

Coca-Cola bottle cap

Liao: The company didn’t pay much attention to collectors until the club started in 1975. They don’t sponsor the Coca-Cola Collectors Club, but they have special events at the World of Coke in Atlanta every year and they invite collectors to look at some of the new items. Phil Mooney, the chief archivist for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, got involved as a liaison person between the Coca-Cola Company and the club. He would actually attend the conventions as a keynote speaker and go on road shows to talk to collectors.

Every collector must go to the World of Coke once in their life. It’s like the Mecca for Coca-Cola collectors. The first one was in 1990, and in 2007 they built on a new site. It’s a much bigger collection with a lot of interactive exhibits, so it’s definitely a must-see, even for non-collectors.

At one point, New York City had a Coca-Cola Fifth Avenue, which was a retail store, but it’s closed now. The only other company store or museum is actually the World of Coke in Las Vegas, but it’s only a retail store. They used to have a museum upstairs, but they closed it.

Collectors Weekly: Is there a certain era that produced the most collectible Coca-Cola memorabilia?

Liao: It really depends on what you collect. With commemorative bottles, you’re not going to see a lot of variety before 1950. Allan Petretti, the author of what we call the Coca-Cola bible for collectors, has produced a price guide for many years now. Most items in his book, the Collectible Price Guide, are items before the 1960s, because most collectors are looking at items before that. Anything after that tends to be more retail-oriented, whereas the so-called vintage items are all pre-1960s. Anything from the 1890s is very hard to come by.

Most people prefer to collect the early items, not the reproductions or the mass market items from the 1970s on. In the 1970s, companies saw that there were a lot of collectors looking for early Cola-Cola items, so they licensed and copied the images for reproductions, but collectors didn’t want them. There are a lot of these reproduction items out there that just really add to the confusion, and a lot of people sell them on eBay assume they are vintage. Allan Petretti’s book has extensive articles on how to identify the original versus a reproduction.

Collectors Weekly: When did they start making commemorative and limited-edition bottles?

Refresher Magazine 1953 - 1968

Refresher Magazine 1953 – 1968

Liao: They had them from the ‘30s and ‘40s on, but it was not until the 1980s they really started coming out with commemorative bottles and cans. The companies have always produced commemorative items for special events within the company or bottler – for instance, for employees to commemorate a new officer or a senior employee who’s worked with the company for 20 or 30 years. These were never meant to go outside the company.

Sporting events in general have had a big influence on Coca-Cola and collecting. People watch football, and baseball, and they buy refreshments. Coca-Cola has been a sponsor for a lot of sports in the major leagues and at the college and high school levels, so they have programs that produce advertising materials. Coca-Cola has been a sponsor for the Olympics for 80 years, since 1928.

Another thing they do a lot is entertainment – music, radio, and movies. Coca-Cola advertised on radio and television shows very early on, and sometimes they did promotions with movies. They did a commemorative bottle with Harry Potter for one of the movies. Last year, in the U.K., they had a special Sex and the City promotion for the movie, and this year they’re coming out with a special bottle and renaming Coke Zero Coke 007.

Collectors Weekly: Why is Coca-Cola so popular among collectors?

Liao: It’s so intertwined with history and culture. Throughout the generations, Coca-Cola has always been a family event. People remember the Coca-Cola jingles and the ads, so that’s one reason people collect. A lot of these advertising items were beautifully produced as well, so people enjoy them.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of the best books about Coca-Cola collecting?

Liao: Allan Petretti’s is the most popular one. It’s pretty comprehensive for all the vintage items before 1960s. For people who collect just bottles, there are three different books on bottles out there, but the last one was published in 2000, so it’s pretty dated. People put out a few books off and on, but none of them are as comprehensive as Allan Petretti’s book. He started in 1980, and he’s been in this business for over 30 years.

(All images in this article courtesy Bobby Liao of Bobby’s Coca-Cola on the Web)

129 comments so far

  1. Allan Pennant Says:

    Great article, Collecting Coca-Cola Memorabillia from all around the world is an excuss to travel.
    The conventions all around the world are the place to meet great people and what a way to have friends sharing the same interest.
    Collecting from ” Downunder ” for over 40 years

    Allan

  2. Fred Says:

    I have a case of coca cola bottled in Japan commemorating 25 years of Coke presence in Japan. Have you any information on this item and is it something a collector would be interested in?

  3. Bobby Says:

    Hi Fred:

    Do the bottles you have looks like the one I have in my collection:

    http://images.7xpub.com/gallery/5938517_XJqh6/1/369971459_iki9D

    The straight-sided bottle commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Tokyo Coca-Cola Bottling Company 1956-1981.

    It’s a nice bottle that I found at the flea market in Shinjuku, Tokyo in the mid 1990’s. I recalled I paid about 2000 yen then.

    The price range I’ve seen for this bottle is about $20-40.

    I hope this helps,
    Bobby

  4. George Jones Says:

    Dear Bobby,In 1982 the Cardinals won the World Series and Coca Cola made a Special Edition for that event. However, it was soon discovered that several box scores were not correct so they removed them from the stores and then resumed production of the correct bottles. Again in 2006 bottles were produced for the World Series Cardinals.

    I have several sets of the correct and incorrect 1982 Bottles and 2006 bottles. What are they worth and how do I go about selling them?

    George

  5. Bobby Says:

    Hi George:

    The 1982 Cardinal World Series Champion (17 Hits in Game 1) 10 oz Coke bottles full in good condition go for $8-12 and the error bottles (12 Hits in Game 1) may be in the $12-18 range. The 2006 Cardinal 8 oz bottles are about $3-5. These are prices I’ve seen on eBay recently. And yes, eBay is probably the best venue to sell Coke bottles.

    Good luck,
    Bobby

  6. deborah reading Says:

    i have a georga green straight side 2-liter glass bottle. can you tell me the history on this or how old it might be?

  7. Katie Pierce Says:

    Hello, I have two slide cards for Ads in 1950 Poster, a woman holding a coca cola bottle, it says on it “Take Some Home Today”
    The other slide is of a group of children doing their homework, it is hand written on the slide cover “1956 Ad” the Ad Says Sparkle several times across the top, and at the bottom it says “coke puts you at your sparkling best” I imagine these are a rare collection piece any comments would be appreciated about what you think I should do with these.

  8. bill Says:

    Thanks for the information. I’ve a need to get rid of an “old coca-cola” neon hanging window sign. got any idea who I might touch bases with to get a feel for the worth? Thanks for the time.
    Bill

  9. Bobby Says:

    Hi Deborah:

    I know the Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company in California
    had produced these 2-liter glass bottles circa mid-1970s. I have
    a couple in my collection which I bought from a collector in Sacramento
    in 2000 for $10-12 each. The bottles are full with white twist-off metal
    caps in mint condition.

    Due to their size and weight, these bottles were only used for a couple of years. By the late 1970’s, the 2-liter glass bottles were replaced by the new 2-liter PET bottles.

    I did a quick search on eBay – there was bottle sold on 7/3/2009 for $14.99 + $9.75 for shipping. The white cap on the bottle was from the Coca-Cola plant in Miami, Florida. This bottle was sold empty in very good condition.

    Another 2-liter Coke glass bottle was sold 7/1/2009 for $9.99 + $11.37 for shipping on 7/1/2009. This one was not in as good condition, also empty, but was of Georgia green color with a silver cap. The description did not indicate the bottling plant.

    I hope this helps,
    Bobby

  10. orel Says:

    I have a straight sided bottle with Coca Cola (in embossed script)in the middle. Above that is the words REGISTERED TRADEMARK. Underneath the logo is BOTTLING CO. Then is has TO BE RETURNED TO CAIRO ILL. On bottom is the embossed Coca Cola emblem.
    We found it buried in a street in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
    Green glass. Approx. 6 oz. We can’t find another one like it on ebay.
    What can you tell me about it?
    Thank you. Orel

  11. stormie Says:

    I have a metal (iron) display (I think it was used to hold wooden crates) It is 53 inches tall and 15 across graduated to 15 1/2 on the bottom.On top is a coke sign. I can submit a picture.
    I would appreciate any help you can give me. I would like to know if it a piece that is collectible.

    Thanks,
    Stormie

  12. Barbara Kagan Says:

    I collected Coke bottles from around the world when I was a child (1960-1980). I am moving and have moved the unopened boxes from NY to LA 20 years ago and don’t want to move them again. Do you know of anyone interested in old international bottles?

    Barbara

  13. Bobby Says:

    Hi Barbara:

    I’m interested in your bottle collection. Please contact me directly on my website: http://www.7xpub.com

    Thanks
    Bobby

  14. Don presland Says:

    Hi there i bought a coca cola bottle it is aqua blue around the bottom of the bottle it says property of the coca coca company canada so it has a spelling mistake coca coca instead of coca cola you know value or any other info

  15. Frank Tabet Says:

    I have a rasin rack with a lady with flowers and a picture of a cap with 5 cents on it. I have no idea what it’s worth but know it very old. Do you have any idea what this is?

  16. Karen Merritts Says:

    My great uncle was William Samuelson, his father, Alex Samuelson, who designed the first hobble skirt coke bottle thru the Root Company.
    I have several bottles that I received from my great uncle. One is the 20″ glass Christmas display bottle with the cap. I also have a 1″ clear bottle with a sealed metal cap. Is there any way I can find out the value of these bottles?

  17. Rose Marie Walton Says:

    Bobby,
    I have a 6 pack of 8 fl. oz.Coca Cola bottles in the 6-pk carrying case that is from the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia Super Bowl XXVIII stamped on each bottle–Sunday, January 30, 1994. How do I find out the value of these bottles? They are full, unopened and in great shape. I don’t collect them, but I held on to these. Thanks.

  18. Jeff Dean Says:

    Hi Karen,

    I would be very interested in talking with you. To get to the point, Alexander Samuelson did not design the hobble skirt coke bottle. In fact it was my grandfather, Earl R. Dean. Rather than going into a dissertation here, I would rather have you read a 1986 article, written for a Magazine called ‘American Heritage’. The artical is titled, “THE BOTTLE” by Betty Mussell Lundy. http://contourbottle.angelfire.com/The_Bottle.pdf
    You can reach me through my website, http://www.thecontourbottle.com I hope to hear from you, regards, Jeff Dean

  19. Rachel Bowers Says:

    I have original Coca Cola Bottling Company stock certificates numbered 1 through 15. Is there any interest in these?

  20. Laurie Saporito Says:

    I have a 6 pack cardboard carton of the 1998 Santa Pack edition of Coca Cola Classic 8 oz bottles. Do you know what they are worth? They are full, unopened and in great shape.

  21. Bobby Says:

    The best place to get current prices for Coke bottles (Santa, commemorative, etc.) is on eBay.

    Coke bottle collectors also use the following Coca-Cola Bottles Price Guides published by the following authors: Henrich, Mix, Porter, Spontak.

    Feel free to contact me directly if you want more detailed responses on your bottles and collectibles. My website is: http://www.7xpub.com

    The 20″ Coke Display bottle from the 1930s with the cap would go for $400 or more. You could find this bottle and other display bottles listed in the Coca-Cola Collectors Price Guide by Allan Petretti.

    The 1998 Santa bottles are considered “common” bottles and usually go for $1-2/bottle. A six-pack with the carrier would be about $8-12.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  22. Estel E. Harney Says:

    I am just starting in the coke bottle collecting business. I am trying to find hobbleskirt bottles pre 1960’s from each state capital that had a distribution plant. Where can I look to find my information or is there already a book on this. Thanks EEH

  23. Bobby Says:

    Hi Estel:

    You could find a list of the Coca-Cola bottlers in the following books:

    The Illustrated Guide to the Collectibles of Coca-Cola by Cecil Munsey; New York: Hawkthorn Books, Inc., 1972. Appendix A: Coca-Cola Bottlers and the dates they started in business pp.296-311.

    Collecting Hobbleskirt Coca-Cola Bottles by William V. Seifert; St. Augustine, Florida: Carstarphen Publishing Company, 1978. pp.81-89.

    Both books are out of print, but you could probably find Dr. Munsey’s book in your local public library. There’s a copy for sale on eBay right now for $9.99. I have 3 copies in my library.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  24. Deborah Says:

    I have coca cola prototype bottles from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. These are the ones not chosen by the committee. Are these collectible and do they have value? Any info would be great!

  25. Bobby Says:

    Some collectors would love to get their hands on prototype bottles, especially if you have supporting literature or materials that document these bottles.

    I would love to see photos of these prototypes if you could send them to me via my website: http://www.7xpub.com or post a link to the images if you have it on the web.

    Thanks!
    Bobby

  26. Bridget Kelly - Brown Says:

    Dear Bobby;
    I am the proud owner of my Father’s Coca cola plastic 6-pack bottle carrying case. I think it’s from the 70’s.
    I also have an aluminum can with the logo on one side only, the other side is just aluminum. Any way of knowing if either item is worth anything?
    Thank you,
    Bridget

  27. Mike Says:

    Dear Bobby,

    I have several bottle’s from Japan that I am curious about.
    I have four 250ml bottles, with a plastic wrap around them. This plastic wrap has floral designs. Each bottle is a diffrent color. (one is yellow, one is blue, one is red, and one is white) They are unopened. The Coca Cola name is in English but there is Japenese writting on the base of the label.

    Also I have 250ml unopened with “2002 Fifa World Cup Korea Japan” logo on the bottle. Also has what appears to be a some type of coupon on the neck ok the bottle. It is yellow and red and in Japenese.

    Also, a 250ml bottle which came in a box labeled “Coca Cola Graffiti Oldies Figure Collection.” (Also Japenese writting on the box and the bottle itself) Inside the box is a figure of a “3 Point Counter Dispenser.”

    finally, I have a 150ml unopened can from what appears to be United Arabic Emirates. The Cola Cola name is in English on one side and Arabic on the other. Labeled 1996.

    Any idea what these may be worth? Any info would be helpful and appreciated.

    Mike

  28. Mike Says:

    I found the color bottles I was refering in my previous posting. They are “Japan Aloha Coca Cola 4 Bottle Set”

    Still can’t find pricing info.

    Mike

  29. Bobby Says:

    Hi Mike:

    The Aloha Coke bottle set from Japan was sold at the World of Coke in Tokyo for 300 yen each as I recall back in 2003. I’ve seen these sold for $20 a set of 4 a few years on eBay. I don’t see any recently completed listing. I would say it’s still in the range of $20-25 for the set.

    The 2002 FIFA World Cup Japan/Korea glass bottle with the twist off top was sold in stores in Japan. I think it was 250-300 yen each. I don’t see any recently completed listings on eBay. I think a fair price would be in the $5-10 range.

    The Coca Cola bottles with katakana script in “Coca-Cola Graffiti” boxes were sold at 7-Eleven stores in Japan in 2003. I’ve not seen these sold recently on eBay either, but I’d say $5-10 would be the price range.

    Finally the 150 ml unopened Coke can from UAE – $2-5.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  30. Ron Maille Says:

    Hi Bobby, I have 6 pack Coca Cola bottles from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. These are the ones with the snowflake designs on the bottle and red Coca Cola Classic labels and they come in a six pack cardboard holder with the Salt Lake Olympic 2002 on the left and a black and white photo of 2 skiers on the right side. I was just wondering if they have any value and maybe worth selling now? Thanks, Ron

  31. Bobby Says:

    Hi Ron:

    I’ve not seen this bottle much on eBay but it is considered a “common” bottle that would go for $2-4 each. A full 6-pack with the carrier could go for $12-25.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  32. George Says:

    Hi Bobby,

    I am lucky enough to have two of the inaugural run New Coke cans with the solid gold tops from the NYC unveiling. Curious what value you place on them and if your interested in them? Thanks for your time. Happy Holidays

  33. Bobby Says:

    Hi George:

    The inaugural run of the New Coke can from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York is one of my favorites! I was lucky to get one a few years ago for $25. I’ve not seen any recently on eBay to have any new data on the prices.

    Are your cans still full? I emptied mine after I received it. I punched 2 small holes on the bottom to drain the content so that the can does not leak or explode. Most can collectors take this extra cautionary step to preserve their cans.

    Happy Holidays,
    Bobby

  34. Gill Elliott Says:

    Hi all, while on our honeymoon in NY in 1999, we visited the 5th Avenue store and purchased a classic style bottle. We were about to open it back at the hotel when we noticed a “spelling mistake” on it ! On the ingredients list instead of ‘Nutrition’ it says ‘Nutpition’. Is this bottle rare or was it a common mistake ? (we still have the unopened bottle 10 years on)

    Gill Elliott
    UK

  35. Janice Says:

    I have a 6 1’2 oz Coca Cola Classic bottle The cap says original formula with the ingredients listed The coke is in it It says money back bottle on one side and return for refund on the other. It is encased in a 3 sided solid glass. It this anything special. I can’t find it on the web. Thanks

  36. Mona Lisa Perez Says:

    I have two 32oz unopened in excellent condition commemorative Dr. Pepper botles of Roger Staubach. Dallas Cowboy silver season 1960-1984 10oz silver top (listing ingredients on top)2 bottles. An unopened 12oz jar of peanuts with the cowboy helmet on both sides of handle made by Fisher. I guess this is a later date as it says coca cola classic but is and unopened 8oz bottle of m&m’s I think if was a Christmas idea. Two Dallas Cowboys beer mugs in excellent condition. A 1978 Super Bowl six pack of coca cola 8oz bottles in pack in good condition unopened. Are these items of interest as collectibles?

  37. john Says:

    I have a “world unaugural production run April 1985 can of the new coke in perfect condition. It was bottled in the Queens New York Plant. Can you tell me what it’s worth? soda is still intact.

  38. Sandra Says:

    Bobby:
    I am new to the possibility of collecting. I have a six pack (each) in original carrier of Bill Elliott #94 & Kyle Petty #44 8 oz. Coca Cola Classic unopened in excellent condition. Caps say original formula listing ingredients. I can feel numbers or some insignia, possibly braille on each bottle side. What can you tell me about these bottles? Any help you offer is greatly appreciated.

  39. Bobby Says:

    Hi Sandra:

    The NASCAR driver 8 oz Coke bottles are frequentely traded on eBay for $1-2 each or $8-15/6-pack. These are considered “common” bottles for the US commemorative bottle collectors.

    The raised numbers that you see on the “waist” or “skirt” of the glass bottles are embossed markings to indicate year of manufacture, e.g. a two-digit code of “99” would indicate 1999.

    The bottles also have an embossed “mold mark” – an unique insignia which identifies the manufacturer of the glass bottle.

    Earlier returnable Coke glass bottles also have the cities embossed on the bottom or “base plate.”

    I hope this helps,
    Bobby

    P.S. For other readers or collectors who’d like to ask me a question directly or get a faster response, please contact me via my Website http://www.7xpub.com

  40. james mummey Says:

    Im very much interested in coca-cola antiques and I picked up the other day a round coke carrier ,which has a strawl holder out the top.someone told me it was an old stadeium soda carrier.looks like it be used to hold cups of pop,i don’t know. In the books it showes a square one just like it .i would just like to see a picture of one.I would really like to know more about the one I have…info needed..THANKS JAMES.

  41. Ray Says:

    James:

    Yes, you have a stadium carrier that held ice cold bottles of Coca-Cola with a straw holder in the middle. In good condition, these are book priced at $825. Is yours yellow with red script logo? How much did you purchase it for? Ray

  42. lynn Says:

    hi..I have a large wood pepsi cola case crate..with advertising..the lid says drink pepsi down on the beach and has a beach scene.. and one side says the five cent drink in the big big bottle..just wonder if it is old or what..thanks

  43. Ray Says:

    Lynn:

    DON”T EVEN SAY THE “P” WORD ON THIS POSTING! You might be fined. We are die-heard Coca-Cola collectors and anything, ANYTHING that bears the Pepsi logo is worthless! (I’m kidding…maybe.) Ask a Pepsi collector…if you can find one. Ray

  44. melissa Says:

    hello,i have looked everywhere online for this coke bottle that i have and found absolutely nothing online and no one has ever seen one. it is a 48 oz.clear glass coke bottle,painted still has the cap. its in the shape of an alongated gatorade bottle. can you help me on this one?

  45. ezia Says:

    I have quite a few coca cola bottle caps shaped like baseball caps with ball players pictured inside the cap…where could I find what they’d be worth…I also have a 6oz bottle with a red and white painted label that has only a 14 on the bottom?Any help would be appreciated…I’d like to get rid of this stuff(smile).

  46. Randy Wall Says:

    Bobby,

    I have what I think could be one of the rarest Coke Bottles in existence. I have had this so long that I’m having trouble remembering exactly when I got it but I believe it was about 33 to 35 years ago when I was working at a local grocery store. It is an old 16 oz greenish color bottle that I believe came in an 8 pack at the time. What is unusual about it is that it has a Pepsi Cap on it, and not a Coke Cap. I have no reason to believe that it was ever tampered with in any way and is still sealed tight to this day with full contents in the bottle. I have tried to find refrence to anything similer on the internet but have found nothing. Any insight you could give me would be appreciated. I would also be happy to send you some photos if you would like. Thanks for your time.. Randy

  47. Bobby Says:

    Hi ezia:

    The baseball cap-shaped lift-top Coca-Cola crown caps you have are from the early 1960s. These probably go for $5 and up and depending on the player you have, some collectors may pay more to complete the set. I’ve seen some lift-top Sprite caps as well.

    Do you have photos of the 6 oz red/whited painted labels? I’m curious. Send me a note via http://www.7xpub.com

    Thanks
    Bobby

  48. Bobby Says:

    Hi Randy:

    I have to quote Phil Mooney’s response to your inquiry:

    “Though it doesn’t happen often, sometimes bottles and caps from different brands can become mixed and result in the kind of bottle you’ve found. These bottles make great conversation pieces, but don’t really hold much value as collectibles.”

    Mr. Mooney is the Director of the Archive at The Coca-Cola Company. He answered this question on his Coca-Cola Conversations Blog on 9/18/2008 –
    http://www.coca-colaconversations.com

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  49. mike Says:

    Dad just gave me, what I think is a 1950’s Coke refrigerator & just curious what it might be worth. Serial#-10522I50 Model#-WD12. Part#-Y-6690

  50. Ray Says:

    Mike:

    If dad gave it to you, it’s priceless! Seriously, is it a refrigerator or a vending machine? Because The Coca-Cola Company didn’t produce refrigerators. Maybe a cooler? Any photos you can send or a detailed description? raykilinski@cfl.rr.com

  51. Brian Says:

    In what year did coke put out twist off caps with football players pictured inside?

  52. Bobby Says:

    Hi Mike:

    Model# WD12 was made by Westinghouse. I looked up the price in Steve Ebner’s Vintage Coca-Cola Machines Price Guide 2004, the WD12 is listed to be $200 (rough), $500 (good) and $2250 (excellent/restored).

    You could try to contact Steve’s company – Funtronics for more info.
    http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com

    Enjoy your machine!

    Regards
    Bobby

  53. Bobby Says:

    Hi Brian:

    The caps with picures of NLF players inside were from the 1960s. You could also try contacting Phil Mooney at Coca-Cola Archive to get the exact year(s).

    http://www.coca-colaconversations.com

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  54. wayne acree Says:

    hi,i came into 2 amber coca cola bottles with nashville printed at the bottom on one side and coca cola near the bottom on the other side.on the bottom it also has coca cola in the same type of writing.couldn’t find anything on these.any help would be appreciated.thanks

  55. darren Says:

    Dear Bobby I read above that you have a can from 1985 (new coke) any info on this can. :how many were made and how many do you think are still around. I have the same one(gold top with just print on it right???).thanx

  56. Ray Says:

    Hey Bobby:

    I’m looking for those Easter-wrapped Coke bottles. I think they came out in 2007. Do you have any for sale? I think they came in a 4-pack. Let me know how I can obtain them. I live in Orlando, Florida (Ray Kilinski, one of the other Coke articles on here). Ray

  57. Bobby Says:

    Hi Darren:

    Sorry, I don’t know how many of the New Coke Inaugural Run cans were made. The one I have is from the New York plant. I’ve seen one from Toronto on eBay a few years ago.

    Regards
    Bobby

  58. Bobby Says:

    Hi Ray:

    The Easter wrapped bottles are limited edition 330ml bottles from Australia from 2007. There was a set sold on eBay last month for AU$24.50. Try also contacting the Australia coke bottle collectors on facebook or cocacollection.com

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  59. Ray Says:

    Hey Bobby:

    I never understood your website name (7x) until I just read an old book on The Coca-Cola Company, describing the ingredients of Coca-Cola and “7x” as the secret ingredient. Ray

  60. KATHY SMITH Says:

    I HAVE COME INTO POSSESSION OF A FULL GLASS BOTTLE OF COCA-COLA . IT SAYS IT IS ONE PINT AND ON THE BODY OF THE BOTTLE THERE IS STAMPED 65-08. CAN YOU TELL ME IF IT IS WORTH ANYTHING? IT APPEARS TO HAVE SOME FIZZ IN IT.

  61. KATHY SMITH Says:

    LOVE THIS SITE

  62. Bobby Says:

    Hi Ray:

    You’re correct! The 7X in my Website name indeed refers to the Secret Formula Merchandise 7X.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  63. Bobby Says:

    Hi Kathy:

    The embossed 65-08 at the waist of your glass bottle indicates the bottle was manufactured in 1965.

    These one-pint glass bottles in very good condition – full with original caps probably go for $5-10 each – there are several on eBay right now.

    Cola Corner in Anaheim has some for sale at $6.95
    http://www.colacorner.com/acl16ozho1.html

    If you look at the base plate of the bottle – you mays also find the name of the city or town embossed. Some cities are harder to find than others. Some collectors may pay extra for ones that they do not have yet in their collection.

    Most bottle collectors collect the 6 or 6 1/2 oz size and some collect the larger sizes (aka King Size or Family Size).

    You could also find a list of all the cities that appeared on the returnable Coke bottles at the Museum of Beverage Containers and Advertising

    http://www.gono.com/museum2003/hobbleskirts/hobbleskirts.htm

    Enjoy!
    Bobby

  64. Steve Marshburn Sr Says:

    Bobby, I was presented with a 12 X 19 Coca Cola clock while working as a banker in Swansboro, NC. The clock has Hanover Quartz on the face of the clock. The clock, itself is square; not round. At the bottom portion of the clock it reads: Enjoy Coca Cola and has Trade-mark with an R in a circle. Wooden case with a AA battery.
    Does this clock have value? The reason I am asking is that I am beginning to divide my things with the two children.
    Thank you for any assistance, Bobby.
    PS: I have boxes and boxes of Coca Cola Collectibles as was once a collector, or sorts. Really, I could not afford many things as many were given to me.

  65. Cindy Says:

    I have a long-neck glass bottle filled with Coke and the bottle cap has the coca-cola logo on it, above it is a large “1” and below it is the ingredients. There is no painted Coca-cola or embossed labeling anywhere on it, bottle is completely blank with exception of a phrase about returning for deposit. Bottom says Memphis Tenn. We bought this at a grocery over 30 years ago and wonder if it is unique enough for some collector that might love it. Just wondering how I find out about it and what the significance of the “1” might be. I collected bottle caps as a child but don’t remember one with the ingredients on it. Any help from anyone would be appreciated.

  66. Marilyn Says:

    Bobby, I have a number of empty Coke bottles that are probably from the 1960s. None of them are filled and some have the caps on them. They were in the garage and are very dirty. They have the cities stamped on the bottom and are from all different cities. Are they worth anything and should I clean them or leave them as is?

  67. Amy Says:

    I have a bottle I bought at a grocery store in Okinawa in 1985. It’s tall, (reminds me of the 16 oz. bottles from my childhood) and pale greenish. It’s a 500 ml bottle and has Coca Cola in script on one side and Coca Cola in katakana コカコーラ (Japanese syllabary used for foreign words) on the other. It’s empty, I drank the contents way back when. I moved to Japan fourteen years ago and have not seen a bottle like this one since. I’d appreciated any information you might have.

    Thanks,
    Amy

  68. odilia Says:

    I hace two 4″ crystal glasses with Coca-Cola written all around the glass.
    the color of the words are in red yellow blue & green. Coke Cola is written about 20 times on each glass. I really love this glasses and would like any information you can provide. Thanks, odilia

  69. Linda Says:

    Dear Bobby,
    First I want to say thank you so much for all of the information that you have provided. I am making a list of my bottles and I have one that has me stumped. It is a 6.5 oz bottle and it is thick and heavy, like my 1984 bottle. Both sides say Coca-Cola and underneath that it says Trademark on both sides. One side sasy 6.5 FL OZ and the other side says USA. The lettering is all done in ACL and is not raised. There are no other words, letters, numbers or symbols of any kind on this bottle. The bottom of the bottle is smooth and concave. Do you have any idea what year this bottle is?
    Thank you for your time,
    Linda

  70. Bobby Says:

    Hi Linda:

    The 6.5 oz Coca-Cola ACL bottle with USA under Coca-Cola is one of a set of 15 bottles released in 1990 known as the “Christmas Around the World.” Each bottle has Coca-Cola in a different script with the country name beneath the script. The fifteen bottles are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Greece, Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, and USA.

    These Christmas bottles were released in 3 different colorful 6-pack paper carriers. I haven’t had a chance to add these bottles and carriers to my photo gallery, but you could enjoy some of them including 40 different paper carriers @ http://images.7xpub.com

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  71. Bobby Says:

    Hi Amy:

    Coca-Cola Japan have discontinued コカコーラ script bottles for many years now. The last of these bilingual ACL bottles was probably from the late 1980s even though you could still see them today as samples in restaurant display cases.

    All the regular returnable glass bottles today are in English. These earlier katakana script bottles are sought after by collectors throughout Asia. I hope you have saved the cap with the bottle. The cap would have the Okinawa bottler information. Collectors like to have both the bottle and the cap even if the content has been emptied.

    The returnable glass bottles came in different sizes, 1-liter, 500ml and 190ml.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  72. Bobby Says:

    Hi Marilyn:

    Most of the ACL bottles in good condition with city names on the base plates go for about $1 each. You might want to check with Doug McCoy for his opinion, http://cocacolabottleman.wordpress.com

    Good luck,
    Bobby

  73. Andy Says:

    Hi
    We have a hobbleskirt 6oz green bottle with the patD Nov 16, 1915 with the Salt Lake City UTAH on the bottom. I have not seen to many with the full state printed on the bottom. Can you tell me an estimated value of this bottle?

    Thanks
    Andy

  74. robert Says:

    hi;

    i have a original new coke can 1985 from the new york city coca cola bottling company also have bottles that given to only coke employees that are rare have boston red sox six pack are you interested i was there for the production run in 1985 there are only 200 made most of the guys opened with can opener to drink some survived not many

  75. Bobby Says:

    Hi Robert:

    Please contact me at my Website http://www.7xpub.com – I’m interested in the employee bottles.

    Thanks
    Bobby

  76. Bobby Says:

    Hi Andy:

    Please contact Doug McCoy for his opinion on you Utah bottle, his blog http://cocacolabottleman.wordpress.com

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  77. Cherie Sullivan Says:

    I have a coca-cola classic bottle with 6 1/2 oz and a smooth bottom. Can you tell me anything about it?

  78. Kel Laeger Says:

    Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, asks her sister to “Run to the drug store and get me a lemon coke with plenty of chipped ice in it!” What is the history and practice of accenting or flavoring Coke with fruit? The copyright date for Streetcar is 1947. And why didn’t this practice of fruit flavor not catch on with the Coke creators until the 1980’s?

  79. Dayle Says:

    Hi Bobby.
    I’m having a heck of a time finding out the value of a commemorative 6 pack of Coca Cola that was bottled in Indianapolis back in, I want to think Christmas of 1988?
    None of the six full bottles have EVER been uncapped and indeed, they have much dust on them but the cardboard carrier is fully intact and without tearing of any kind. We just put them in a closet and left them there until now.
    On one side of the carrier in old fashioned lettering is the typical Coca Cola white lettered with read back ground. On the other side there is a graphic of Santa Claus in full color against a green background on the right, a doll to his left and part of a Christmas tree. The bottles are not imprinted on; rather they have raised lettering and are 6 fl ounces each. The caps are intact and have the code: 9326H0131 followed by a very small printed 6.

    At the end of my rope here…..the bottom of the bottles in raised lettering say, “Atlanta GA”, “Las Vegas NV”, “Cody WY”, “Tempe AZ”, “Scotts bluff NE” and another that says, “Las Vegas NV”.

    Any ideas here?

    Thanks, Dayle

  80. Dayle Says:

    I forgot to mention, on the side where Santa Claus sits, is printed the slogan, “A Christmas Present for a Christmas Past”….sorry

  81. Bobby Says:

    Hi Cherie:

    Coca-Cola “Classic” was “introduced” in 1985 and the 6 1/2 oz “Classic” glass bottles were used from the mid-80s until the early 90s.

    Happy Collecting,
    Bobby

  82. Bobby Says:

    Hi Dayle:

    I have a picture of the Christmas Coke Bottle carrier you mentioned on my Website – here’s a link to it:
    http://images.7xpub.com/Coca-Cola/Boxes/Cardboard-Bottle-Carriers/5550728_hXo5e/1/340055981_bF4Nd

    From 1927-1938, Coca-Cola produced 6 ounce glass bottles that are known to collectors as “Christmas Bottles” because of the Dec. 25, 1923 Patent Date embossed on the bottle.

    In 1988 and 1989, Coca-Cola produced replica Christmas bottles for the holidays. There were 60 cities for the 1988 series and over 100 for the 1989 series.

    According to Doug McCoy’s Coca-Cola book, p.32:

    The 1988 bottle is marked ‘NO REFILL’ on heel and only number 8 on side, whereas the 1989 bottle shows the year “89” on the skirt of the bottle.

    Doug’s book also has the complete list of 1988 and 1989 reproduction Christmas bottle cities.

    Atlanta, GA is on both 1988 and 1989 lists
    Las Vegas, NV is on both 1988 and 1989 lists
    Cody, WY is only on the 1989 list
    Scottsbluff, NE is only on the 1989 list
    Tempe, AZ (though not on Doug’s list) is on the 1989 list (I found one at Cola Corner)

    So based on the information you have, the bottles you have are from 1989. Please check the markings for “89” at the skirt to confirm.

    As far as values go, these Christmas town series usually go for $1-2 each. For a 6-pack with the Christmas carrier, maybe $12-15.

    Happy collecting,
    Bobby

  83. Bobby Says:

    Hi Kel:

    Great question about the fruit-flavored Coca-Cola. It is known that some Coca-Cola drinkers add lemon, lime, cherry, or even chocolate syrup to the fountain drink for decades before Cherry Coke was introduced in 1985.

    The short answer is the “Boss” but the long answer could be a dissertation :)

    Robert Woodruff, who led The Coca-Cola Company for over 6 decades until his death in 1985, probably would not have permitted adding a flavored Coca-Cola product. Mark Pendergrast in his book on the history of Coca-Cola suggested that even the Boss’ approval to change the formula with the introduction of New Coke was “surprising” to a lot of the Coca-Cola executives.

    The success of diet Coke launch in 1982 probably gave way to “experimenting” with altering the Coca-Cola formula. Competition, technology, changes in consumer demand, and new leadership at the company all had something to do with the new products.

    The new wave of Coca-Cola flavors did not hit until 2000, when Diet Coke with Lemon was introduced, followed by Vanilla Coke in 2002, Diet Coke with Lime in 2004, Sango, Raspberry and Citra in 2005, Coffee and Black Cherry Vanilla in 2006, and so on.

    I created a “Coca-Cola Family Tree” 3 years ago which you might find interesting – here’s the link: http://www.7xpub.com/articles-and-essays/1146-bobbys-coca-cola-family-tree.html

    Now with the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, you could create your personalized Coca-Cola. Which flavor would you like today?

    Regards
    Bobby

  84. Terry Zerphey Says:

    Greetings, if not too much trouble I have some detailed questions about markings and the difference of the markings on embossed 6 and 6 1/4 or 1/2 OZ. bottles

    I have what seemed to be called “embossed” coca-cola bottles. Three have Lancaster PA on the bottom and one has the letter “B” and I think a small symbol or maybe just a manufacturing mark but it also maybe a registerd symbol (R with a circle, maybe not so clear). Two have a patent number and two just have regitered in the US patent office. Two have “MIN. CONTENTS 6 FL. OZS.” pone has “CONTENTS 6 1/4 FL. OZS.” Two of the Lancaster bottles have PA in the center of the bottom one has the PA in a cirdle with the Lancaster. Is there any real value or vintage difference of these markings?

    Thank you for you time and information and
    Be Well
    Terry

  85. Joel Godden Says:

    I have a 1930-40 Westinghouse Jr. Coca Cola ice chest and the lid is badly dented. Any idea how I can get a replacement? I see lots of reproductions but no idea how to get just a lid.
    Thanks,
    Joel

  86. CBL Says:

    While cleaning out my mother’s house I found a Commemorative can (still in box):

    The World Premiere of Diet Coke
    at Radio City Music Hall
    July 29, 1982

    Does it have any value?

  87. Ed Kerns Says:

    Hello, I have a 6 1/2 oz. bottle clear with no visual images ie. Branding,Trade Mark, fluid oz., but it does have a sequence of 8 dots around the bottom and a 13+symbol+04 where other bottles have a 4 number code. My bottle’s numbers are only visible by magnifying but the symbol between them is raised.Any info will be appreciated.
    Thanks, Ed Kerns

  88. Peter Wilding Says:

    I have a tall clear glass mug with a handle. It’s 6″ high. Thick silvery metal lettering is applied to it that says Coke is it! I think it’s from around 1982 but I would like to know more and to know something of its value. Thank you.

  89. D fleming Says:

    I have 4 small flare shaped coke glasses that have a large 5 with a cent symbol beside it and Drink then Coca Cola in written in the open circle part of the 5. The lettering looks printed on. They also have a syrup line & are very thin glass. There is no visible marking on the bottom but has a swirl looking mark starting in the center & working out, like how the glass was produced maybe. Someone showed me a picture about 15 years ago in a collectors book but I havent been able to find any info about them since.

  90. Phillip Webster Says:

    Bobby,
    My wife has a Coca Cola vending machine, model vmc-33 serial # 33-35793, made in the 50’s. It has never been restored, but is in great shape and it still works. My wife purchased this machine from a local business that was closing back in the 70’s and we have had it ever since I can remember. I have been talking to her about selling it. Do you have an idea what it might be worth and any ideas on who may be interested in the machine?
    Thanks
    Phil

  91. Ray Says:

    Phil, I’m interested in it. Please send photos (front, sides, inside, close ups…) to raykilinski@cfl.rr.com These usually sell for $1000-$1500 depending on condition. Thanks. Ray

  92. Sally Hehn Says:

    Hello I have an Irish Linen imprinted with the Piccadilly Circus in London. It is an advertising for Coca Cola. It is pure irish Linen. I have had it for over 35 years and I am trying to find out more about it and its value any help would be appreciated. It is in very good shape

  93. PAUL Says:

    I HAVE 2 BOTTLES THAT READ DECEMBER 25TH 1923 WITH A WHITE CAP, ONE HAS AN 8 AND A 13 ON THE INDENTION NEAR THE BOTTOM AND HAS AUSTIN TX ON BOTTOM, THE OTHER HAS AN 8 AND A 22 ON THE BOTTOM INDENTION AND NEW ORLEANS LA ON THE BOTTOM, ANY IDEA IF THEY ARE WORTH ANYTHING, 2ND WHITE CAP HAS NOTHING ON IT WHILE THE FIRST HAS ALL THE WRITING, THANKS PAUL

  94. Dave Hayes Says:

    We have a large RCA record 33 1/3 rpm. It says Coca Cola Bottling Co. The name of the record is Our America, produced by Wilding Picture Co., Inc. Like to know the age, value, and any other information. To large to play on stardard record player. Thanks,
    Dave Hayes

  95. Jasen Yardley Says:

    I have numorus Coke Bottles from all over the world… The one I am asking about today is about 6-7″ tall at least a 1/4″ thick. It says “Salt Lake City Bottling Company” around the bottom. It was found with other bottles from the 1870-1890 period. Upon review, the oldest bottles like this I have been able to find online are from 1900-1915. This bottle is in really good shape! Is it possible for it to be from before 1900, and what would something like this go for if I was interested in insuring it?

  96. don curren Says:

    i have a coke bottle from hot springs arkansas. It has 5 sides with president lincoln on all 5 sides. And am looking for a value.

  97. Rick Shahan Says:

    I won a framed Coca-Cola S.F. Giants uncirculated 40 card 2002 Trading Card Series prize from the Coca-Cola company. I believe it was there big sweepstakes prize and have the congratulatory letter sent by Coca-Cola. I have been trying to research this prize but have not been able to find any information about it anywhere. Would you have any idea, or even a guess of what it’s value might be? Could you possible tell me where or how I could find this information?
    I would be eternally grateful for your help.
    Thank you for your time and patience in assisting me.
    Sincerely,

    Rick-

  98. Yvette Nadeau Says:

    I have an unopenned 12 oz. can of diet Coke stamped “World Inaugural Production Run July 1982.” It feels like half of it has evaporated. Is this can worth anything to a collector?

    Yvette

  99. Team Roster Says:

    You you could change the post subject title An Interview with Coca-Cola Bottle and Memorabilia Collector Bobby Liao | Collectors Weekly to something more suited for your subject you create. I loved the blog post even sononetheless.

  100. Clyde Says:

    Hi Bobby,
    I have a 8oz. full Coca Cola Bottle that says Coca Cola Enterprises tenth year anniversary. 1986-1996. Is this Bottle worth anything?

  101. alex Says:

    how much is a 1940-1950 cast iron sprite boy coin bank worth as i have recently obtained one

  102. alex Says:

    i dont have the box, is it worth anything and if so, how much????

  103. Ray Says:

    Alex:
    Your “1940-1950″ Sprite Boy coin bank is a fantasy item produced in the 1990’s. No such original exists. Pure fake item and worthless to any serious Coke collector.

  104. Paula Jones Says:

    I am looking for an unopened super bowl 1 coke bottle. Where could I find that?

  105. Patricia Steele Says:

    Great Site! I have a clear glass embossed 16Fl. oz. (1pt.)Coca-cola, No Refill bottle, with what looks like a bird swing on the inside, is this a mfg. defect? I can send pictures if needed. The bottom of bottle reads in a circle, “Not To Be Refilled, 78 20 (c in circle), 1 1604-9. The bottle is 9″Tall. Can you give me any information on this bottle? Any help greatly appreciated.
    Pat

  106. Elsa Neal Says:

    I have a 1972 super bowl vi champs coke bar code 491820
    a 1996 world champions coke bar code 496340 and a billy cater beer all of these are unopened and wanted to know their worth.
    Thanks for your help

  107. Kate Says:

    Have the 1990 Christmas County series / 6 bottles with cardboard carrier (bottles are empty). Am having a hard time finding any information as to value on the www. Can anyone help out with info as to estimated value?
    Thanks for your help!!!

  108. Josh Says:

    Hi, I have a 1996 Olympic certified guest crystal Coca Cola bottle with the green writing and red flame. This bottle was given to me by Warren Buffett and it is in its’ original box and signed by Warren. Any idea as to the value of this item?
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  109. mike Says:

    looking for raspberry coca cola items> can you help??? thanks. mike.

  110. howard ritchie Says:

    i have a coca cola bottle labeled on one side cuntenido neto mr 355 ml. other sidemr hecro en mexico . what is it worth

  111. Lance Liston Says:

    I have a complete set of NFL pennants that were offered by Coca- Cola in the 60’s that you got frm the liners in the Coke caps of NFL players that are like new and was wondering what value they would have.

  112. robin Says:

    I have a Diet Coke can from the World Inaugural Production Run July 1982, does anyone know how many of the were made.

  113. Ruth Says:

    I have two unopened 237 ml Coca-cola green bottles from the Air Canada Centre’s opening day of the first hockey games on February 20, 1999, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago inaugural game. What are they worth, please and thankyou???

  114. Tim Says:

    I have a couple of the bus bench signs from the 1984 olympics that Bobby was talking about. One is in Japanese and the other in Hebrew, I can’t find any information on them anywhere and was just wondering how much they might be worth, any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You, Tim

  115. robert Says:

    I have a rare coca cola can that only two were ever made. My dad had a company and made two cans one of which i own now, and the other can i don’t know what happend to it, since it was given to a coca cola rep to pitch the cans logo of pele on it for the world cup that was held in the united states. The can was not accepted as the official can for the world cup but hey i still own a very rare can and wondering if its worth anything. I’m not looking to sell but im wondering if i need to insure the can. Thank you

  116. michael Says:

    hi i have a 6 1/2 oz coke bottle with charlotte north carolina on the bottom could you tell me how much it might be worth other websites were no help it has coke on 1 side and coca-cola on the other side

  117. Brandy Says:

    Ok…so i have looked and looked and i still haven’t found any information on a coca cola bottle i have. It’s amber with coca cola embossed on it, but it also has a long arrow on it..it also has Memphis, TN embossed around the bottom of the bottle..so pretty much alls i know is that it’s amber and it was made in Memphis, TN…is there anything else anyone can tell me about it? Please and thank you!

  118. Ray Says:

    Brandy: It sounds like you have an early 1900 straight-sided Coke bottle. Is the arrow straight from top to bottom, running up the side? If so, it’s value is around $135.00.

  119. Jane Says:

    I have a six pack of 1986 commemorative coke bottles that are still filled. They are in the six pack holder that has Santa on it. Is it work anything? Can I drink the coke?

  120. James Rozengota Says:

    I found a old coffee can in the attic. The can was filled with lot’s of Coke Caps that had a picture and name of a New York Giant Football Player on the inside of the cap. There was also a folded up large piece of paper that you could put the caps onto.

    Is there any value to these caps or should I just junk them?

  121. Tressa Says:

    Dear Bobbie, do you know where I can get information on the value of a gallon bottle of coke product? It is maybe from 1956? Thanks Tressa

  122. johnny Says:

    i have a 8oz coca cola bottle embossed lettering under coca cola is world of coca cola has a dot 7 then a symbol dot 20 and atlanta ga on bottom.can’t find it anywhere online,what can you tell me about this bottle?

  123. Louise Says:

    Hi Bobbie,
    I have 4 six packs of coca cola. The bottle looks like it says 8oz but the carton they are in says 6-6 1/2 oz bottles. They are unopened and have coca cola classic on carton but not on bottle. It is a “Take enough home for holiday Hospitality”. The bottles are marked ” Coca cola trademark registered bottle pat’d Dec 25, 1923″. They have different city and state on the each bottle. They are in a yellow cardboard flat which has ” 24 commemorative bottles ” and Drink Coca cola in bottles.” Can you give me any information on them. They are in good condition. Thank you Louise

  124. Bill Peyton Says:

    Should unopened collectable coca cola bottles be emptied or left filled from the plant?

  125. Ray Says:

    Commemorative bottle are more valuable if they are full and unopened.

  126. John Says:

    I have Coke Bottle its not your normal size it Says 16 Fl oz (1pt) 21″ Tall
    Trade-mark R
    has Coca Cola on one side and on the other it Says Coke Stamped on the Bottom it Says Salt lake city Utah
    The only Numbers I see on the bottle are 81-80
    Can Anyone tell me are these common? I cannot find a picture on the web of it. And Value or an estimate of its value would be great Thank you.

  127. Paris Parent Says:

    I have a “Coke Is It” bus bench ad poster from the 1984 LA Olympics. It measures 84″ x 24″, is mounted on 1/8” pressboard, and is in very good condition. I seriously doubt if there are many of these around.
    The stone bus bench was knocked off of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA about 20 feet down onto the beach, breaking the bench and separating it from the sign, which remained intact.
    I threw it in my truck, and I have had it since 1984, was wondering what it might be worth.
    Let me know if you can help me, I will send you the pictures to any email address.
    Thanks very much
    Paris Parent

  128. david Says:

    hi Bobby. i have a collectable 8oz coke classic bottle witch was given to certain people who helped in organising the usa world cup in 1994. the coke has never been opened. and it comes in a round cardboard casing with all the world cup soccer print on it. and it has some sort of money slot on top of the casing. i think thats so you can use the container as a piggy bank. could you tell me if its worth anything. thanks Bobby.

  129. deborah shepard Says:

    What is luckys store coke a cocla classic 8 fl oz..org formula has heart on the bottle collection ..org tin top..six pack..man under coke cola memer ece bottling alanta georgia
    crown r ..1986
    ..1- 10 on the bottles all org coke in it..case itself six pack
    49000-01834.. 8 once bottles..side of container 1986
    one bottle has 1-23-1-25-1.10 hearts at bottom
    1-12 at bottom
    1.4.heart at bottom
    1.10 heart at the bottom either side arroa type and circle around it

    thank you


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