Auctioneer: The beer is long gone, but the can might cost you
SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2012
Auctioneer: The beer is long gone, but the can might cost you $50,000

DENVER, Pa., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty years ago, Chicago
businessman Adolf Grenke discovered beer cans - not for their contents, as
he seldom touches a drop - but for their collectibility.

"My wife had taken our two young sons to an educational lecture sponsored by
the parks department in the Chicago suburb where we live," said Grenke. "The
fellow making the presentation was a Meister Brau Beer salesman. He was
there to encourage kids to collect beer cans and even handed out empty
sample cans."

Grenke's sons took an immediate liking to the idea of amassing beer cans
from various breweries, but it wasn't until later, during a family vacation
in Texas, that Grenke himself caught the collecting bug.

"We were on our way to the Alamo when one of my sons spotted beer cans on
the side of the road near a golf course. I was all dressed up, but we pulled
over, and soon I was in the mud pulling up beer cans right along with my
sons," Grenke said with a laugh.

After a few years of collecting and watching the prices escalate on vintage
cans, Grenke began networking through breweriana collector clubs. He soon
became known as a serious buyer who would pay the price to own the rarest
beer cans.

Grenke's 4,000-piece collection, which has been featured in numerous
reference books and price guides, will be auctioned on Sept. 21-22. The
grouping includes 500 rare beer cans, 400 beer taps emblazoned with beer
brands and brewery names, many 19th and early 20th century beer advertising
signs and artworks; and a mind-boggling array of "smalls" - promotional
buttons, watch fobs, match safes and pocketknives. Some were company
giveaways for bar customers, while others were employee items or mail-in

"Adolf was always a 'condition' collector," said Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy
Auctions, producer of the upcoming 1,800-lot sale. "Not only are the items
in his collection in pristine condition, many are the only known examples of
their kind. One rare can, which originally held Gibbons Bock, is the most
desirable of all bock beer cans. It could make $50,000 at auction."

Morphy predicts the sale will be "a barnburner. Collectors are flying in
from all over the country to bid, and we also expect heavy Internet


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