Today's collectors generally fall into two distinct groups: vintage collectors who are willing to invest large sums of money for the rare old items, and hobbyists who collect for the sheer fun of it. Collecting commemorative bottles is an easy and often inexpensive way to build or add to a collection. Some of these early can sell for tens of thousands. The Norman Rockwell etching was made strictly for the Franklin Mint limited edition collector plate. Petretti includes a valuable section that points out examples of counterfeit and fantasy items, including a series of bogus belt buckles peddled for years.
During printing, water adhered to the gum arabic surfaces and the colored oily ink stuck to the oil-based image surfaces. After the 50's Coca-Cola began to produce many more trays that are very common and can generally be found on other sites and as it would take too much time to gather them all we've stopped with what he have for now. Each of the four colors uses one plate. The only truly valuable Coca Cola bottle is the aforementioned Hutchinson bottle. Each color within the image required the use of a different stone with a different image.
This metal sign -- measuring 18 by 54 inches -- advertises the ease of carrying home Coca-Cola bottles in the six-pack. She wrote to me and included a picture of an item that she couldn't identify. Eventually, your item should show up for sale. With more than 40 local chapters throughout the country, the organization also hosts regional and national events and conventions, as well as regular and silent auctions. The most expensive item at the Springtime in Atlanta auction was this 1950s pilaster tin sign for Coca-Cola six-pack carriers. Getting Started You've found a colorful old Coca-Cola® serving tray in your grandmother's attic and you wonder how much it's worth. Competition for these valuable 19th century items is intense, but there are still many collecting niches that are affordable, depending on your personal interests.
People saw the Coca-Cola name everywhere and by 1895, Chandler had built syrup production plants in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. The images below show the printing process as it applies to a 1913 Coca-Cola calendar and a 1910 paper poster. Many of these items remain an affordable collectible. No information has been found to indicate whether the plates were other than a pure give-away item or if all of the plates were made available at the same times or they were made and available in some order or sequence. By 1983, the Bradford exchange was running an electronic system to keep track of the current market values of collectibles and completing more than 11,000 transactions each day. Paper items, such as calendars or some cardboard cut-outs, may be worth more because there are fewer on the market. Among the many collectibles available, there are items in every price range, making Coca Cola collectibles a popular item to collect.
In 1899, Chandler, believing that the real profits were in the manufacture and sale of the syrup, sold the exclusive rights to bottle and sell the beverage to two Chattanooga lawyers, Benjamin F. The process employed the use of a polished limestone or zinc plate with an image applied by hand with a oil based crayon. So with those words of caution, we're happy to welcome newcomers to a great adventure. Or if you see something from the early 20th Century with a contour bottle, it's helpful to know that this familiar bottle wasn't introduced until 1915. I look forward to sharing more with you in future columns.
The Coca-Cola Collectors Club also has a new area on its website showing results from auctions at its national and local conventions. But I had never before seen the scales in person. After the oil-based image was put on the surface, a solution of gum arabic in water was applied. Even collecting toy trucks today could pay off for you in 20 years - if you save the original box! Today the Bradford Exchange and the Bradford Exchange Online have grown to be one of the world's leaders in the secondary market of collectibles, including collector plates. It is also broken into a sequence of tiny different sized dots that form a pattern of lights and darks. A good collector's guide, such as , can help you correctly identify your item and estimate its age and value. I can honestly say that I have never been to a Coca-Cola collecting convention where I have not found something I've never seen before.
He modeled his business after the stock market and the buying and selling of stocks and bonds. You might also be surprised to discover that you've just found a hobby that can last a lifetime. And buy mint or good quality, instead of quantity. Vintage aren't particularly rare; the Hutchinson bottle is an exception. If you are just getting started as a Coca-Cola collector, joining the Club is a good first step. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, many independent bottlers failed and Coca-Cola acquired some of those operations in order to continue to promote and sell their product. The Coca-Cola Company aggressively seeks to stop counterfeiters, but there are bogus items in the marketplace.
We're happy to help you authenticate your tray, just send us pictures of the front, back, and close ups of the smaller text on trays to help us see what you have. Thank you for supporting this site by making your purchases via the links you click here. Coke continued to produce everything from wastebaskets emblazoned with its old advertising images to holiday ornaments, so it's important to confirm the age of the object as well as its identification to ascertain value. The Collecting Boom Collecting these pieces of history from the world's best-known brand caught on with the public during the nostalgia craze of the 1970s and stimulated the formation of a group of collectors of Coca-Cola merchandise, independent from The Coca-Cola Company, called , in 1974. The 614-page guide, authored by Allen Petretti of Hackensack, N. Yet, one person's junk could be exactly the treasure you want. Other items, such as contour bottles, are not worth as much money because the bottles are very durable and very plentiful.
The plate, called , is a Norman Rockwell Christmas plate made of solid sterling silver. The guide provides historical summaries and offers valuations on thousands of pieces. Collections may include small objects such as pins, bottles, advertising signs and Holiday collectibles or large items such as soda fountains, soda machines and even delivery trucks! Notice the somewhat random stippling pattern of the dots on the model's cheek and on the flare glass she is holding. Beginning in 1907, the Western Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The began distributing tin serving and change trays to soda fountains in 1897. Welcome to the wonderful world of Coca-Cola collecting, which has captured the imagination of thousands of people.
I had seen the scales in advertising brochures from that era showing the premiums that were available. Read collectors books and get to know other collectors. Franklin Mint Collector Plates Over the years the Franklin Mint has issued collector plates covering a wide range of categories, subjects and themes. Whitehead … for the sum of one dollar. Much depends upon the condition, however. Coca Cola Bottles Because Coca Cola sold in bottles almost from the launch of the product, myriad bottles from all decades exist.