The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 24, 1975 · Page 140
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 140

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BEER CANS (Continued from page 4) shirts and hats, will cart hunderds of cans in homemade dollies and cases to spread on tables for the inspection of fellow collectors. Their goal is the accumulation of as many of the more than 14,000 different can labels as their houses can bold. During the year, collectors trade at local meets or by mail. Since all brands were not and are not distributed in all parts of the country, the yearly canvention is the best'op- portunity for Bast to meet West, or, New York's "Copenhagen" to meet Frisco's "Anchor Steam." Cans may be bought from non-members and at stores and flea markets but BCCA rules prohibit buying or selling cans between members. Members must trade to get additions to collections. Although current trading stock may be bought at the local supermarket, for older cans a collector must go "dumping" — digging around old gar- bage dumps, under abandoned houses, and alongside roadways, a grimy sport fraught with spiders, poison ivy and no trespassing signs. What's the fascination with a rounded scrap of steel or aluminum? Gerald Pednovsky, assistant city manager of Des Molnes, is in his fourth year of collecting. He has 1,400 cans. "I started out picking up cans for another collector," said Pednovsky. "Then I thought I might as wen pick up two and keep one for myself. "A few months later I saw an article on the first canvention in St. Louis. After I Joined BCCA and found there were other collectors, my interest picked up." Beer Can Collectors of America was born in St. Louis on Apr. IS, 1970, after a newspaper article on one of seven area collectors brought them all together. Through word of mouth and public- ity, the organization grew to SO members by December and now numbers more than 5,000. Actor Broderick Crawford was once a member. Many have specialized collections; only full cans; only 16-ounce cans; only foreign; or maybe only mint condition cans. Others take what they can get, whether faded, rusty or dented, and try to improve the quality by trading. The collecting goes on. It is an unending game. As Pednovsky notes: "I'd really like to get my hands on a can of 'Soul.' "The beer was made for a short time in Los Angeles around 1985. It's really rare, the beer was aimed at the Mack market and never really caught on. If I could get my hands on one of those. ..." Nancy Hardeker is a freelance writer from Davis, Calif. Pecfnovsky shows off Us collection-14H ens. 6 • DES MOINES SUNDAY REQISTER/AUQ. 24, 1875

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