Posted 2 years ago
Just wanted to share a few pictures of some of my favorite Coca-Cola bottles. The one on the left is the 1st Coca-Cola bottle I ever bought & the one on the right is my 1st one bought in 2012. I bought my 1st back in 1972 at an auction of an old mom and pop grocery store. I paid $2.00 for it which was big money as the minimum wage was $1.10 an hour. I have not paid over $110 for any of these bottles even though I've seen a couple of these sell for $250.00+
While collecting is still a Great American Past Time, it is not getting any less expensive. If you purchase some decent books and do your research its conceivable that you can build quite a nest egg. I don't recommend it for the faint of heart. Nor do I recommend cashing in your 401k savings, even if you think you can do better than Wall-street. Its highly volatile market for stable pricing.
With more and more people retiring and selling off their collections, I have seen more rare bottles surface than ever before. In the past year I have seen the highest bottle sell for $4,850. Its not uncommon to see a $600 or $800 bottle on a weekly basis. Much like any hobby you can enjoy it, or worse case become obsessed. Unless you're Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg its highly unlikely you can afford or even locate one of every straight sided bottle that Coca-Cola produced. Some only have as few as four known bottles to exist.
Although I do know a some people who have 1,000 plus straight sides, I'm not one of them. I would guess a collection of that size and quality to sell by single bottles for a conservative range of $225,000 and higher. My suggestion, is to pick out a type, a color or even a state and set your limits to what you can reasonable afford so you can enjoy it verses the stress of, " Did I pay too much for that bottle" when you see one sell a week later at half the price.