The car-loving dad might enjoy a bit of automobilia for Father's Day. Can't afford a full-size car? Try one of today's most popular collectibles: a vintage motor oil can.
The car-loving dad might enjoy a bit of automobilia for Father’s Day.
Can’t afford a full-size car? Try one of today’s most popular collectibles: a vintage motor oil can.
There is little information available about the cans but a lot about the companies that made the oil. It is easy to date a can by its logo and style.
The tin can was invented in 1810 to hold food for Napoleon’s army.
By 1900, the main products stored in tin cans were food and petroleum products.
Cans made around the turn of the 20th century had a soldered seam on the side that resembles a gray strip. Cardboard cans were introduced in the 1940s but were widely used from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The first aluminum cans for motor oil were made in 1958. The square cardboard quart oil can came into use in the 1960s.
Most popular with collectors are the quart size, then the gallon and the 5-gallon. It doesn’t matter whether the can is full or empty.
An unusual Marathon motor oil container sold this year at a William Morford auction. It is shaped and decorated to resemble an oil well. The 15-inch-high can has the brand’s Running Man logo, a silhouette of an ancient Greek runner and the slogan “Best in the long run.” The logo dates to the 1920s, but the brand was purchased by the Ohio Oil Co. in 1930.
Q: I have a New York Mets pennant from the 1969 World Series. It is red with white and blue lettering that reads “New York Mets, 1969 National League Champions.” It has the Mets logo, Mr. Met and the words “World Series.” The last names of all the players and the manager are listed. The pennant is in good condition. What is it worth?
A: The New York Mets ended in last place in 1962, the inaugural season for the expansion team, and second to last the following seasons until 1969, when it clinched the National League pennant. The “Miracle Mets” upset the Baltimore Orioles and won the World Series that year, too.
Mets pennants such as yours sell for about $50 to $100.Current prices
Prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States.
• Postcard, “To Dear Dad,” flowers, anchor, embossed, 1908 postmark, $5.
• Factory wheel tool, six spokes, wood, metal, Gifford Wood Co., Hudson, N.Y., circa 1900, 40?i nches, $20.
• Accordion, metal, cutout design, ivory keys, side strap handles, Alfred L. Fischer, case, 1950s, $70.
• Cuff links, oval, mother-of-pearl, 10-carat gold, three-
quarters inch, $120.
• Shaving mug, occupational, cooper, man standing with barrel, gilt lettering, Haviland, stamped CFH/GDM, 1800s, 31/4 inches, $330.
Terry and Kim Kovel, authorities on collectibles, write for King Features Syndicate. Write to them in care of The Dispatch, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. Or visit www.kovels.com.