6 Ways To Identify Valuable Old Pepsi Bottles

Old Pepsi Bottles
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Old Pepsi bottles are hard to come by, so adding one to your collection can be both challenging and rewarding. The big question is, how do you identify a valuable vintage Pepsi bottle versus the frauds and upsellers?

To help you add only authentic pieces to your collection we’ve compiled six top tips that’ll have you spotting duds and authenticating Pepsi bottles worth money:

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6. Look for bottles with embossing and straight sides

From 1905 to 1933, Pepsi used bottles that were made by glassmaker Hutchins. They were decoratively embossed and had straight edges. These are super-valuable (up to $1500).

Plus, if the hue of the bottle is amber, then the bottle could be even rarer!

TIP: If you have a Pepsi bottle with wave-like embossing on its shoulder, then it was probably manufactured around 1935 to 1940. This was the time of the great depression and only a few such bottles exist today, which makes them quite valuable to the right buyer.

5. A Pepsi-Cola Paper Label

If you can find a vintage bottle with a paper label saying ‘Pepsi-Cola’ then your bottle was probably manufactured before 1935.

Always look closely at labels. They should show age, and date-appropriate text, and imagery. Plus, authentic labels could be faded and even damaged:

If it looks too fresh and doesn’t have the look, feel, or smell of old paper, it might not be authentic.

4. The Applied Color Label

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If you have a vintage bottle that has the Applied Color Label, meaning the label is on the glass instead of paper, then your bottle was manufactured around 1945 to 1948.

Additionally, if there is a colon between the words Pepsi and Cola then this is a genuine version:

However, if the words are separated by a hyphen with the words ‘2 Full Glass’ then your bottle was manufactured around 1950.

The 1945 to 1948 version is known as ‘Double Dot’ while the 1950 version is called the ‘Dash Bottle’.

3. Bottles With A Mold Code

Old Pepsi bottles with ‘mold code’ on their base were manufactured during the 1940s:

The code consists of 1 or 2 digits along with the alphabet A or B. The digits usually represent the year of manufacture for example if your bottle has a mold code ‘2A43’ then it was manufactured in 1943.

2. The Swirl Neck Designs

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Pepsi bottles with swirl neck designs and embossing were manufactured in the 1950s:

This design also has the company name displayed in rounded form with an oval border. Pepsi bottles before the 1950s use to have narrower necks.

You can check this by placing a beer bottle crown on the opening of the bottle. If the crown fits then it is a 1950s version but if it does not fit then it was manufactured before the 1950s.

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Logo color and the condition of the paper label play an important role in identifying the year of manufacture of a Pepsi bottle.

For instance, bottles with a red and white logo were made after 1948. Whereas, bottles with the red, white, and blue logo were made during World War II and can be worth around $25.

Examples of Old Pepsi Bottles

3. 1930-1950 Short Pepsi Bottle

Though these bottles are said to come from the sixties, most of the production of the short Pepsi bottles was between 1930-1950.

2. 1940s Pepsi Cola Bottle

The 1940s old Pepsi bottles are what you probably think of when someone says Pepsi bottle. With the tapered neck and embossed sides, this is a perfect addition to your collection.

1. 1950s Vintage Pepsi Cola Bottle

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The 1950s Pepsi Cola bottle has the dash in-between “Pepsi” and “Cola”, making this from the ‘Dash Bottle’ era. This bottle also displays the applied color label, which is a unique addition to the bottle.

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Old Pepsi bottles are a great way to expand your collection, whether it be Pepsi products or just vintage bottles. Always make sure you have an actual vintage bottle using our tips, because many times people will look to recreate or scam people for “real” vintage bottles. There are a great decoration, and can even become a conversation piece for guests at your house.

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