Collectible Bottle Caps - Crowncaps - Bottle Tops
Make your Collection of Bottle Caps as diverse as possible!
Collectible bottle caps form a fun and easy hobby, which is practiced the world over. Collectible bottle caps caught on ever since companies realized that bottle caps happen to be the first thing a customer sees when s/he grabs a bottle, and thus are a convincing advertising medium. This has led to an increase in the variety of bottle caps, and now collectible bottle caps are highly sought collectors items.
With an increase in the variety of beer bottles, it was only natural for the variety in bottle caps to increase as well. Once you have decided to begin collecting bottle caps, decide on a particular category, as this will help you search faster, and will also make your collection more valuable. Also known as crowns or crowncaps, collectible bottle caps can be found easily, no matter what your category. For collectors, knowing when to stop collecting is as important as finding collectible bottle caps.
Begin by telling friends and family about your hobby, and ask them to hand over any bottle caps that they might have from old bottles. Collecting bottle caps from different countries is a great way to increase value of a collection. So you could ask friends who travel a lot to get some for you, in case you don't travel too much. Another way to get collectible bottle caps from other countries is the Internet. You will find many websites where collectors are provided with a platform to buy and sell rare collectible bottle caps.
To increase your knowledge about collectible bottle caps, you can either go through books on the subject, or visit websites setup by experts. Joining a collectors group, such as the Crowncap Collectors Society, will also help you both in terms of information about collectible bottle caps, as well as about the right places to buy them.
While collecting, some bottle caps may require some repair, and for this purpose a serious collector must have tools, such as a half ton arbor press and a crown press, at hand. These tools will not destroy the paint on the caps, provided you operate them correctly. As for maintenance and care, when you first procure the bottle caps, wash them with soap and water. Make sure you dry them well, as bottle caps rust easily. Store them in air-tight containers, and make sure there is no moisture trapped inside the box. While cleaning the caps, it is advised that you wear gloves as the sharp edges may cut you.
Try to make your collection as diverse as possible, as this will increase the value of your collection immensely. Look for cork-lined, plastic-lined as well as spot crowns, or for caps which are lined with discs made of paper, foil, rubber and tin, or even for caps which have more or less than the standard 21 corrugations. Variety and proper maintenance will ensure that your collection of collectible bottle caps remains preserved.