How Condition Impacts the Value of Beer Cans
The value of all antiques and collectibles is significantly impacted by condition. The beer can community uses a scale of 1 to 5 to describe the condition of a beer can. To fine tune grading the grading, +/- signs are used. Detailed below is the explanation of the grades. We are not interested in buying or selling cans less than grade 2 condition. Contact us at 858-900-3308 or E-mail us to learn how the grading of the cans you have for sale impacts the value.
|Grade||% of Mint Value||Description|
|1+ (Mint)||100%||One or 2 tiny imperfections such as minor nick or a small canning dent.|
|A1+||90%||A few minor imperfections but nothing distracting.|
|1/1+||75%||Several small imperfections like a small scratch, dent, or minor humidity spot, but nothing really distracting. Any imperfections are contained to a few very minor areas.|
|Nice 1||60%||Several imperfections like scratching, dents, or humidity spots, but nothing real distracting.|
|1||50%||A few noticeable imperfections. Flaws are minor, but may be distracting to some. Imperfections can include small scratches, dents, humidity spots, and slight fading.|
|1/1-||40%||Some obvious imperfections, but still displays well. The imperfections may include moderate scratches, dents, humidity spots, and slight fading.|
|1-||35%||Overall displays nicely but does have one or more significant flaws along with normal wear. Imperfections may include moderate scratches, dents, humidity spots, and slight fading.|
|2+||30%||Some moderate flaws to include scratches, dents, fade, and/or rust. This is still an indoor can and has an overall decent display. Cans this grade and worse are often called off-grade.|
|2||20%||Some significant flaws – scratching, dents, humidity, or fading. No holes, usually an indoor can.|
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