Saturday, October 29, 2022

Vintage baseball bottle caps

When I was a small child, the first type of collection that I remember being aware of was bottle caps. Bert from Sesame Street collected them. I don't remember seeing bottle caps in my house, but when I would see them on the ground when I was little, I would think that some collector would like to have them.

I haven't gotten into bottle cap collecting as an adult, though I see the appeal, as a lot of the old soda bottle caps do look cool. I've checked out bottle cap lots on eBay a few times over the years but haven't been tempted enough to pull the trigger. However, I did come across a cheap lot of 1967 Coca-Cola baseball bottle caps with no bids, put a bid on and ended up winning.

There were 20 bottle caps, but lots of repetition so I only ended up with seven individual players. Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Frank Howard, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Elston Howard, Frank Robinson.

Most of the caps were Coke, a couple were Tabs. Here are an example of each.

Here are the dupes available for trade. All are in used soda bottle cap condition.

Willie Horton (2 dupes)

Frank Howard

Al Kaline (2 dupes)

Harmon Killebrew (7 dupes)

Tony Oliva


  1. I would definitely be interested in some. I also collect bottle caps, and have 192 different ones.

  2. I remember collecting bottle caps in the mid-1960s, about 2 years before I started collecting BB cards.

    The corner store where I bought candy and later, baseball cards had large, low refrigerator case of soda, with a bottle opener at one end. The caps dropped down into a removable bin, and that's where we got our bottle caps by the dozens. I recall it was always a sticky mess, though.

    In 1964, Coke put scenes from the New York Worlds Fair under the cork seals.

  3. I'd be interested in 1 each different including coke, tab differences.

  4. These are very cool. I think the first bottle caps I collected were in the 80's. Coke or Pepsi had a promotion or game with different NFL team helmets printed on the inside of the bottle caps.

  5. I collected those when I was growing up. I sold them a few years ago. I wonder how many were taken off the bottle just to be thrown away by the consumer.

  6. I suppose you can't really mail these via PWE, eh? I wouldn't mind a Killebrew or two set aside for me. Never really collected bottle caps, but would be a neat addition to the PC.

  7. I have about half a dozen large Ziploc freezer bags full of beer caps from the last 20 years or so. I keep thinking that I'll use them for a craft project of some sort, but have yet to think of anything good for them.

  8. That's pretty cool. I never collected them, but I remember finding a few in my childhood that I held on to because I liked how they looked.