Can do: When the tinnie is more valuable than the beer that’s inside it

For some, an empty beer can isn’t worth walking to the bin. For others, it might be a collectors’ item worth hundreds of dollars.

Jan 24, 2023, updated Jan 24, 2023
Brisbane beer can collector Paul Nash. (AAP Image/Supplied by Peter Wallis)

Brisbane beer can collector Paul Nash. (AAP Image/Supplied by Peter Wallis)

Data released on Tuesday showed the most expensive collectible beer can sold in 2022 was a highly coveted West End Stout can, going for nearly $500.

Meanwhile, a 1985 Fosters Melbourne Cup can went under the hammer for $425, eBay said.

January is the most popular month for purchasing collectible beer cans, according to the online marketplace, with Carnarvon, Goulburn and Townsville home to the most cashed-up collectors.

Recent convert Paul Nash started collecting beer stubby coolers before turning to the tin vessels.

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The walls of his Brisbane “man cave” is now adorned with about 200 collectible beer cans, surrounding a model train set, bar lights, signs and sports memorabilia.

“I started my beer can collection about 12 months ago to help decorate the space,” Nash said.

“My favourite beer cans include ones from the State of Origin, Birdsville Races, Mount Isa Radio, Alice Springs Cup and the Rockhampton Beef Festival – all bought on eBay.”

Tuesday is International Beer Can Appreciation Day.

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