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Collectibles - Originals And Replicas In The Industry

by Daniel Wright

A group of people wanted to find some gift ideas for a friend's birthday. One person said in an extremely heavy Southern drawl that the friend likes to collect Coke Cola items. In fact, the friend's sister was just as avid a collector of Pepsi Cola items, so buying gifts for them was as easy as finding either Coke or Pepsi collectibles.

Many others agreed due to the fact carbonated beverage collectibles are well liked and can be found for virtually any size wallet. At the low end, even bottle caps or recent commemorative containers can be found for less than a dollar. For those with money to spend on collectibles, one of a kind objects such as the first soda vending machines easily run into five figures.

Any old signs in excellent condition, especially wooden ones were usually worn out due to outdoor usage, can make collectors happy. Some people may store these pristine signs in a barn or their attic, so modern collectors have a real treasure they can value.

Many collectibles from soft drinks aren't very old at all. In a short period of time, a limited edition mug or teddy bear and jump in price and rarity. There are those collectible items that could be fakes, so caution is advised when purchasing or searching for these.

A replica may not be a bad deal. Many copies are authorized by companies and offered for sale on their own websites, allowing consumers to buy old and cherished designs at a more affordable price than the original item. At the same time, buyers should be aware that they are purchasing a copy and make sure that it is not a wrongfully represented as an original.

Since many soft drink collectibles are priced well under $20, anyone can get started with these thrifty choices and later venture into more valuable and desirable items. Many even specialize in things that are not individually very valuable, such as all the commemorative cans from a single city or region. What matters most is how much the owner values the item.

If you choose to give a soft drink collectible as a gift, try to find out what items are on the recipients wish list. You may want to enlist the help of a friend or relative who knows their collection. Determine whether you are buying an original or a replica and pay accordingly, and be sure the vendor has a good return or exchange policy. features Coca-Cola collectibles as well as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7UP, and many other soft drink makers. View our huge selection of vintage Pepsi, Coke and other soda pop memorabilia. New Coke Cola items every day!

Published December 17th, 2007

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