Glass collecting is a big cross-over collectible. Sports, cartoons, characters, movies, are all depicted on promotional glasses and sought by collectors specializing in those fields. Glasses can fit into all collecting budgets from a dollar or two, to glasses costing hundreds of dollars.
Mark E. Chase
A small image gallery of promotional drinking glasses. Read the story of the garage sale find of Merrie Melodies, find out how much a 1978 Spiderman glass is worth, as well as Popeye glasses and Star Wars glasses.
Learn what to stay away from, don't even think about buying a faded glass and what does registration mean on a cartoon glass.
Picture taking tips and shipping hints are also given in this quick tip list.
The glass sets that were produced in the 1970s are the ones that usually draw folks into the glass collecting world. The glasses are fun, colorful and are relatively easy to find. Well, that is except for the rare exceptions -- but all collectibles have those coveted exceptions and make the collecting hunt more fun.
For most collectors, a trip down the peanut butter and jelly aisle at the supermarket means picking up a Welch's jelly glass and wondering "maybe I should be buying these". A true collector can never have enough collections. But according to Mark Chase, author and collector, you should probably bypass the current Welch glasses and just watch for them at flea markets and garage sales!
What's the Holy Grail for most collectors? What's hot in glass collecting and other frequently asked questions for glass collectors.
Promotional Glass Collectors Association
The PGCA offers limited edition club glasses, free classifieds, participation in club auctions and a glass database. Club members collect character, advertising, cartoon and sports drinking glasses.