I was glad to see this subject re-surface after a couple of years - of course I always like to talk "16s"!
I thought about rarity a little differently as even when I look at my list the from 2 years ago on this post - some of the cans I listed were visually appealing or very rare on grade - but I think the "rarest" should have the lens of total known regardless of condition. Rarest in on-grade condition would be a different list and some cans would make both lists
So I started with - 14, 15, 16 oz cans that I believe 5 or less are known. Likely a few will prove to have more examples - but this forum would surface that if members or guests share what they have. I also note below some cans I don't have in my collection I think also have less than 5 known.
I was surprised to see that a high % are tabs
Interested in feedback and input, when I say "known" below - I mean know to me
Bull Dog Stout ML (Maybe 3 total) - Besides this one - there is the one that was in the USBC II, maybe one other I've seen?
Burgermeister - Longview, TX (2 known), this one and the one originally shown in USBC II
Busch - Aged Slow Cold, Tampa (2 known), this one and one shown in USBC I, this one is rolled
Calgary Malt Liquor (3, I've only seen 2 others)
Carling Mat Lager (3, I know Tom Hull and likely Gene has one), to note - there are two seam variants of this - Tom Hull's and mine are different - so that adds to the rarity factor
Cold Brau zip top, dark blue trim (3, I at one point thought this was unique - but have seen two surface since)
Colt 45 Malt Lager - blue bands top and bottom - Baltimore (1 as far as I know), there is a version with the blue band only at the bottom from both Baltimore and Miami - those likely both have less than 5 known - especially Miami!
Dawson (3 known) - I have seen one other nice one and the off grade that was in USBC II
Falstaff 14oz - St Louis (1 as far as I know) - only known from Fort Wayne but found this one from St Louis
Falstaff - Cranston RI (2 known), lucked out and found at Omaha Canvention - only found it existed when it got added to the USBC II website, guessing others out there so speak up!
Fisher - 15oz - without the blue band under Fisher (1 as far as I know - the other is also maybe less than 5)
Hamm's - 16 Ounces, SF - (3 known) There is the one in USBC I and I've seen one other I think
National Bohemian - Miami - (3-4 known total I think this was a flat, and likely came also as a zip, but less than 5 I know of in either flat or zip
Old Milwaukee - Tampa - 16 Fluid Ounces at top (2 known) this one and the one that was USBC II can. I don't have this variation from Milwaukee and think that is very rare also
Old Milwaukee - 14oz, enamel grey. (3 known) So in metallic silver this is pretty common - likely a very short run in enamel before they changed the label design
Regal ZT (4 known)
Regat gold trim Flat (3 known) - Mark Crane got my down grade, I saw a picture of a 3rd one when in Omaha.
Utica Club softtop - Schultx and Dooley both in circle (3-4 known, NY guys can speak up, I actually have only seen 3 total
Others I don't have in no particular order, and if separating tab versions of less rare flats
Red Cap Ale
Calgary Malt Lager
Krueger Beer ZT
Great Lakes Fan Tab - just learned of this can tonight!
15 oz Burgie flats from LA, I have three different - and I have not seen more than two of any of them
Pabst - Blue Can with Gold Trim - from Peoria Hts - have one - never seen another
Ballantine 224-26, Maybe should have been in my pictures - I know of 3 total
Misc Schlitz, Busch, Bud and other major labels - I probably have a couple dozen mandatory variations that I added to USBC pictures as not shown - and could have very low counts of total known but may have been mass produced, or maybe not?? - examples:
- Busch TAB TOP - with black circle from Jacksonville
- Bud Malt Liquor from Jacksonville
- Schlitz SUPER SOFTOP from either Kansas City or Brooklyn - I have total dumpers of both I got from Jeff Lebo - and I'll keep looking to get a better one but no luck so far after 5+ years of looking.
Hope to get input on all of ths
Collector of Nebraska cans and breweriana, Colorado cans, tall straight steel US cans, and cans I like!