Why is Condition Important?

The value of all antiques and collectibles is significantly impacted by condition. The beer can hobby uses a scale of 1 to 5 to describe the condition of a can, which is called grading.  To fine tune the grading, +/- signs are used.  Detailed below is the explanation of the grades. Art’s Beer Cans is not interested in buying or selling cans less than grade 2 condition. Contact Art at 858-900-3308 or art@artsbeercans.com to learn how the grading of the cans you have for sale impacts the value.

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