- Apr 29, 2012
Italy's Davide Andreani received his first Coca Cola can back in 1982 when he was just 5 years old, an event which was to kick off a lifetime's obsession with the soft drink.
Soon after, Davide began collecting the distinctive tins, with his father bringing him home unusual designs when returning from his European business trips.
At the last count, confirmed on 14 August 2013, Coke lover Davide was in possession of a record 10,558 unique single-brand cans from 87 countries, setting a new Guinness World Records title for Largest collection of soft drink cans - same brand.
Now 37, all cans in Davide's collection have been emptied through a small hole in the bottom. If they were left on display unemptied, they could oxidise or even explode.
Davide has many duplicates, which don't form part of his collection but prove invaluable when bargaining and swapping cans with other collectors to get missing and rare items.
“In the can world, the rarest gold cans can be sold for between $400 and $500,” he explained in a recent interview.
Using his website to display rarities in his collection and to assist with trading rare Coca Cola can collectors items, David searches the globe for tins which only appeared in shops for a limited time or sometimes never even released to the public.
These include rare gold and silver coloured cans released in various countries for Christmas and special sporting events.
The most valuable cans are those produced from the factory for a special moment. Like gold cans produced for plant openings or special anniversaries. But these cans are very limited and very rare," the passionate collector explained.
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