Beer Can Values

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Beer Cans: 1355
From 418 Breweries
Cans Updated on 03/12/2017
How To Grade
Beer Cans
The condition of a
beer can will
determine the value.

If your can is rusty or has dents it will not be as valuable as
a pristine example.

Scarcity + Condition =

Beer Can Value
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How to Grade Beer Cans

Grading beer cans is the most important aspect of the beer can hobby today. Advanced collectors are very particular about the conditon of the cans they add to their collection. The hobby is similar to collecting baseball cards, comic books, coins and other collectibles.
Pristine beer cans will always be the most valuable.The slightest flaws detract from the value of a beer can and the severity of the flaws dictates the value of any can. Off grade beer cans containing rust, scratches, dents, etc. are more common and less sought after by collectors. Old beer cans in mint condition are much scarcer and highly prized by advanced collectors.

There is a general beer can grading sytem used by all serious beer can collectors. It has been established over the past 30 years and is well known throughout the beer can collecting hobby. It is based on grading the cans on a scale of 1 to 5 with plus(+) and minus(-) values added for precision. A grade 1 can is clean while a grade 5 can is very rusty. Below is the grading scale and how it corresponds to the value of any old beer can.

Beer Can Grading System

Grade 1+ : Pristine. Absolutely no flaws. Very few cans survive this way.
Grade A1+ : A mint example. Very small handling imperfections.
Grade 1 : A near mint example. More noticable flaws.
Grade 1- : Noticable minor flaws to include scratches, small dents, etc.
Grade 2+ : Flaws begin to include light rust.
Grade 2 : An outside can. Light rust and other minor flaws.
Grade 2- : Obvious flaws. One side may be better than the other.
Grade 3+ : Heavy rust and other damage. Still displayable.
Grade 3 : Multiple flaws. Needs to be upgraded.
Grade 3- : Heavy damage. May have holes or fading.
Grade 4 : Label 50% unreadable. Filler can until replaced.
Grade 5 : Label 75% or more gone. Major damage.

Beer Can Values

Grade 1+ : Highly sought after. Over 100% value
Grade A1+ : Hard to upgrade. 100% value
Grade 1 : Majority of clean cans. 75% value
Grade 1- : Low grade indoor can. 50 to 60% value
Grade 2 : Lowest grade indoor can. 30 to 50% value
Grade 3 : Outside can. 10 to 30% value
Grade 4 : Low grade outdoor can. 5 to 10% value
Grade 5 : Lowest grade outdoor can. Up to 5% value.

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Beer Can Scarcity Scale

  • These ratings are based on the existence of any beer can in pristine condition.
  • Ten distinct number values and corresponding phrases have been assigned.
  • The desirability for offgrade examples has also been considered.
  • The scale is meant as a guide to establish any beer cans current market value and is open to interpretation.
  • 1.0 = Abundant : exists in a very large supply. Offgrade cans have little or no value.


  • 2.0 = Common : can be found easily. Offgrade cans of grade 3 or better may retain some value.


  • 3.0 = Available : can be located with minimum effort. Offgrade cans of grade 3 or better retain some value and may be collected until a better example comes along.


  • 4.0 = Elusive : the demand and supply are close to equal. Offgrade cans in most grades retain some value.


  • 5.0 = Very Elusive : the demand outweighs the supply. Offgrade cans in most grades are valuable.


  • 6.0 = Scarce : pristine examples may be hard to find. Offgrade cans are the majority in existence and can be quite valuable.


  • 7.0 = Very Scarce : less than 20 pristine examples may exist. Offgrade cans are collected in all conditions and retain strong value.


  • 8.0 = Rare : less than 10 pristine examples may exist. Offgrade cans are often the only ones available and retain strong value.


  • 9.0 = Very Rare : a clean example may not exist. Offgrade cans may fluctuate with very high values.


  • 10.0 = Unique : only one example is known to exist. A value cannot be given as there are no comparisons of similar cans available.


[ The above scale is for reference only and is unique to this author. ]