Are My Old Beer Cans Valuable?
The value of vintage beer cans varies from less than $1 to thousands of dollars. So how do you determine if your old beer cans are worth anything? Below are some guidelines to help separate the better cans from the less valuable. Most pull tabs from the 1970’s or later have little monetary value. This is due to the beer can hobby becoming popular in the early 70’s. People saved beer cans during and after this period in large enough quantities to exceed demand. Yes, that means Billy beer cans are worthless other than as a conversation piece or a bit of nostalgia. On the other hand, cone tops and flat top beer cans are valuable.
This unique looking beer can is a cone top due to the spout on the top. Pictured to the left are 3 types – high profile, low profile, and J-spout, respectively. This style can has a bottle cap. Cone top beer can production was from 1935 until 1960. They are highly collectible because of their age and unique shape. In mint condition the value ranges from $75 – $1000+. A few phony cone tops exist but they have no value such as Milwaukee Brand and General Pulaski.
In general pull tabs have little value. This is especially true on pull tabs produced after 1969. If the beer can has a gray versus shiny metallic bottom then the can was probably manufactured after 1969. We put together a list of better pull tabs you can access by clicking HERE. If the beer can is not on the list then the can likely has a value of about $1.00. Almost all aluminum cans have no collectible value. It is not uncommon to find pull tabs that are mistake cans (ie missing a color). Pull tab cans typically have little value but ones produced prior to 1969 can be worth from $5 to several hundreds of dollars.
Condition has a critical impact on the value of cans. To better understand the impact of condition please check out our article, “Why is Beer Can Condition Important”. Let us know if you have any old beer cans that you believe are valuable. For more information on selling click here.