why is beer can condition important

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.

  • Grading:

    • 1+ (100% of value):  One or 2 tiny imperfections such as minor nick or a small canning dent.
    • A1+ (90% of full value):  A few minor imperfections but nothing distracting.
    • 1/1+ (75% of full value):  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% of full value):  Several imperfections like scratching, dents, or humidity spots, but nothing real distracting.
    • 1 (50% of full value):  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% of full value):  Some obvious imperfections, but still displays well.  The imperfections may include moderate scratches, dents, humidity spots, and slight fading.
    • 1- (35% of full value):  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% of full value): 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% of full value): Some significant flaws – scratching, dents, humidity, or fading.  No holes, usually an indoor can.

To learn more about what your old beer cans are worth, check out our article, Are My Old Beer Cans Valuable?