Pepsi collectibles form one of the most sought after collectible brands in the world. An easy hobby to take up, novices will be surprised by the amount of information that is available to them. Pepsi collectibles come in a number of varieties and are not limited to cans and bottles. In fact collectors also categorize desk items, toys, cartons, crates and loads of other stuff under Pepsi collectibles.
Before you can begin collecting, you will have to first read up about Pepsi and its evolution over the years. Not only should you follow their product line, but also the different advertising and promotional campaigns that they have released. ‘The Encyclopedia of Pepsi-Cola collectibles', by Bob Stoddard, is a great book that every novice collector must go through. This book includes all the information you will need to authenticate and value Pepsi collectibles.
Vintage Pepsi Collectibles
In case you are collecting for profit, then going after vintage Pepsi collectibles is the best approach. Pepsi serving trays are some of the most highly sought by Pepsi collectors, and can be worth up to $ 4000. The Pepsi billboards that shopkeepers used to hang on their front doors in the early days are other extremely valuable Pepsi collectibles. Some other popular Pepsi collectibles are Pepsi thermometers, Pepsi promotional clocks and Pepsi bottles from the 1930s.
To better arm yourself against fakes, join collector clubs, such as the National Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club, to interact with other collectors and gain a lot of information about collecting. Since Pepsi collectibles are so widely available, as a collector you will need to be able to spot fakes. The Internet is a great source for information as well for rare Pepsi collectibles.
Sites such as eBay, provide a great platform for collectors to exchange collectibles at great prices. Be careful when buying over the internet, you will need to check the details of the dealer, and avoid purchasing items which have no pictures, or are supported by vague descriptions.
Keep your Pepsi collectibles in a clean dry area. Clean them regularly, and avoid exposing them to too much moisture, especially those items which are made of metal, as they tend to rust easily. Categorize and keep a complete record of your collection, as this will make it more manageable.
As long as you are having fun, it does not matter how big or valuable your collection is, as the whole point is to enjoy the process of collecting and maintaining Pepsi collectibles.