Michigan's Toughest Tabs : Part II
by Chris Taylor (July, 1997)
Mention to someone at a trade show that you have some rare Goebel tab tops
in your tote you'll probably get a strange look. The several tabs Detroit
produced look very similar, but rarity sets a select few apart from the
standard fare. In the early 1960's, Goebel Brewing Co. began adding the
first Zip Tops to their cans.
The next can is yet another Goebel zip top. (BCU 73-24) was Goebel's next effort at regaining sales. The chicken finally lost its head to the ages, never to return to the label of Detroit's famous brand. The white passage near the top rim was removed, giving the can a more crisp and less cluttered appearance. This is seemingly an interim can; almost a prototype for the subsequent designs (BCU 73-25), (BCU 73-26), and (BCU 73-27). I dare say I have never found one of these cans! The zip top on this version is more refined to include pressure beads, opening instructions as well as a recessed semi-circle allowing the user to gain better access to the tab with the fingernail. I imagine this variation was short lived as well.
To the Michigan collector or to a collector who just likes interesting zip tops, these two common brand labels remain tough to come by. I hope someone out these has a few they'd like to get rid of. I'll take all you've got!. Until next time, take care.
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