Buying beer can lots is a great way to start a collection or for finding a few gems amongst the clutter. You'll save money too! There are many listings for beer can lots on eBay, from small quantity series cans to large 100 piece random label mixed cans. Cans are light and easy to ship in a box, keeping your costs down while limiting dents and other damage.
Most of the large lots, say 25 or more cans, are not going to be super valuable cans. These types of listings are especially worth checking out for people wanting to start a collection. Having a jump-start with a nice can display can really put a person in the beer can collecting mood, as opposed to only having one or two cans when starting out. As you learn to spot the more highly sought after labels and brands, you can slowly replace the unimportant cans with better ones.
If you are an experienced collector, you will often find just one or two cans of value to your collection amongst these lots. However, the price of the entire lot can often be cheaper than acquiring the two needed can brands individually.
Over the years, some breweries have put out special series of cans, like the Schmidt outdoor or geese scenes. If a certain brand of beer has been in production for many years, the label or design of the can is often changed, even if just slightly to modernize the look. These types of situations often lend themselves perfectly to selling in lots, even if it's only a small 4 or 6 piece set.
I've seen many lot can listings of a certain brand with cone tops, flat tops, zip tops and Sta tabs, all of the same beer, sold in lots. A sort of "through the years" style listing.
Sometimes people will just throw anything in their listings, such as 20 junk 80's Sta tabs and a few flat tops or cone tops! Depending on the condition of the older cans, they could make buying the entire lot a steal because the seller doesn't have a clue about beer can collecting values!
Whether you are new to can collecting and need a jump start on some cans or a hard core, seasoned pro who knows what he's looking for, checking out the beer can lot listings on eBay is worth a look. With so many cans out there, you never know when you will find that elusive collectible you've been hunting forever, hiding out in the midst of a bunch of lot cans!