Coca-Cola Collectibles of Tomorrow

    What will future Coca-Cola Collectors look for?  What items will increase in value?    It is hard to say what will be considered a Coca-Cola collectible in the future. But, we can look at past items that have increased or held its value and be able to get a good gage on what might be considered collectible.

Old Coca-Cola Bottles: Hutchinson, Straight Sided  and early contour will hold their value. Although the Hutch bottles have been selling for less than they used to, they will still be sought after. A good Coke Hutch used to bring $3000 to $3500. Now, they have been selling for around $1500 to $2000. The main reason these bottles will be considered collectible is just because they are the earliest bottles that held Coca-Cola. They will only become more scarce as time goes by.

       Foreign bottles also seem to do well now. Many foreign bottlers still use returnable bottles and they are protective of their bottles. Although the bottle may be common in the Country of origin, here in the U.S. the bottle can sell very well as foreign bottles don’t make their way here easily.

    Early trays and advertising pieces will continue to hold or increase in value. Recent items that will increase in value will be some of the short-lived Coca-Cola products such as Coca-Cola Blak and C2. Even New Coke items are popular. Any of these items should increase in value, items to look for, bottles, cans, signs, special promotion items and Point of Sale advertising items.

      One item that has increased in value and is starting to be considered collectible are the cans and No Deposit bottles (glass and plastic) of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The cans and bottles of today have a short life span. Once consumed the items end up in local landfills or are recycled. Future collectors will want a pristine example of these and they will not be easy to find. I know a few collectors who are already saving examples of current items. It may take some time for them to increase in value, but considered the low price you pay today at the store for the item, it will increase in value. The only thing is storage of them. They will take up space.

Another area of items that will hold or increase value are items issued specifically from The Coca-Cola Company to employees such as: service pins and rings, special issue bottles (limited quantity made), special issued items for a product launch or a milestone within the company.

It is impossible to say what items will actually be worth a great deal in the future. I’ve based my views on what collectors look for now and items that have held their value.

Happy Collecting!

Tell me what you think will be THE future collectible for Coca-Cola.

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16 Responses to “Coca-Cola Collectibles of Tomorrow”

  1. pete padgett Says:

    Please forward any info on where I can purchase Coca Cola Hutch bottles other than E bay. Would appreciate any info that you could e mail me. THX. Pete P

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Pete,
      The best place to pick up a Coke Hutch would be at an antique bottle show or a Coca-Cola Club Convention. I have seen at least one, if not more, hutch bottles at shows and conventions in the South Eastern U.S.
      Check the ‘Great Links’ on the main page of my blog and click on Antique Bottle Shows. Also check out the Coca-Cola Club link. You may find a local chapter close to you. Contact info is listed for most chapters and someone from your area could point you in the right direction.
      Good luck in your hunt.
      Doug

  2. keith Says:

    my kids and i have found some bottles not really sure if they are something they have coke one one side and coca cola on the other they are clear there is no paint on the others 10 oz bottle on the neck it say no return no deposit on the bottom it has not to be refilled 6B94 then a 4 inside a circle and a D72 would that be the date ???? im not looking to get rich or anything my kids are 7 twins they want to put color sand in it and have it in there play room but if it is something or could be i would put them up until they are older thank you for time

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Keith,
      Your Coke bottles are from 1972. Worth a few dollars each. They would be great bottles for a colored sand art project.
      Doug

  3. Andrea Sadler Says:

    My husband and I were invited to search through outbuildings at a real “hoarder’s house”. We found three cases full of 6 oz Coca-Cola bottles dated from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, mostly made in Georgia, as well as other odd bottles. One is a 10 oz, return for deposit, ACL Coke bottle. On the side: 79-13, circle C, 1. On the bottom: MIAMA FL. I cannot find a town called MIAMA in Florida!! Is this a misprint?

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Andrea,
      Sounds like a nice haul of bottles. The 10 ounce bottle is from 1979, and yes it is a misprint. It should be Miami. I love error bottles and try to find them all the time. I have seen this bottle on ebay before, with buy it now for $25. It was listed for awhile, I am uncertain if anyone bought it or not at that price. I would think value would be between $20 to $40.
      Thanks,
      Doug

  4. Alan Says:

    Hey Doug, I have a 1997 inaugural season turner field coca cola 6 pack. No wear is on the case except on the bottom of the handle. Five bottles are perfect condition while one has am minor scratch on the cap. The bottle caps are not rusted and I got it from a flee market for ten dollars. How much is it worth. Thank you

    • Alan Says:

      Hey Doug, I also have a 1996 six pack contour can. It has a minor rip at the top about one cm long. It is a little bit faded and has never been opened. I can’t find any of these six packs on eBay. How much is it worth? Thank you

      • cocacolabottleman Says:

        Alan
        The contour cans were only produced for a limited time. One can in mint condition can sell for $10 to $30 each. Since yours are faded, etc. that will affect the value.
        Doug

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Alan
      The bottles you found “1997 inaugural season turner field coca cola 6 pack” are worth around what you paid. They were mass produced and are fairly common, so not a huge value to them.
      Doug

  5. Alan Says:

    The cardboard box is faded. All six cans are mint condition. They are still in the cardboard box.how much are they worth like that? Also, any tips on draining them?

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      I’ve seen them sell for anywhere from $10 to $30 each. I deal mostly with bottles and don’t know of a good way to drain them.
      Doug

  6. Jeff Says:

    I have an unopened 12 pack of C2 cans. Any idea of value?

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Jeff
      Ah yes, Coca-Cola C2, it was my favorite Coke product when it came out. It was released in the U.S. in 2004. It was advertised as having half the calories of a regular Coke. So, it was a cross between a diet and regular soft drink. It never did find its niche and was taken off the market sometime in 2005 or early 2006. So, with a short lifespan, C2 items should be worth something…someday. Not too many people I know of collect C2 items. It is one of those items that may take some time to garner any substantial value. You would have to find someone that is looking for C2 cans to try to sell it. I know what I would pay for 12 cans and it would be around $20. I think they will go up in value, but it will be awhile before that happens.
      Doug

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