Billy Beer: DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!
This is the Billy Beer can. No, it is not rare. There were MILLIONS of cases sold by 4 different breweries in the late 1970s. One estimate of the number of Billy Beer cans made is 2 BILLION. As a result, it is worth about 25 cents at most and then only if it is in very good shape, and if you can find a collector who actually needs one. It is not worth more if it is still full or if it is "air filled." The same lack of any value is true of World's Fair Beer, JR. Beer, MASH Beer, Bicentennial cans, Hudepohl Bengals and Cincinnati Reds cans, etc.
How Did This Urban Myth Begin?
Why do many people think this can is rare and valuable? Unfortunately in the late 1970s a fastback artist took out ads in a paper in Chicago offering to sell Billy Beer cans for the outrageous sum of $1,000 a six-pack. He then was able to advertise his cans as a "bargain" at "only" $200 per six-pack or so. Since then, Billy Beer has become an 'urban legend' and the BCCA (Beer Can Collectors of America) have been fighting this rumor ever since.
WARNING: someone has been apparently been 'shill bidding' on Billy Beers on Ebay lately to drive the prices up. This is a scam and several knowledgeable collectors have asked Ebay to investigate the possibility of fraud.
Bowling with Billy Beers
Beer Can Bowling Part 1: (334 kb) Steve G.
This page was mentioned on the Boston Globe! 9/22/2002.