I think most people can remember having a favorite glass when they were young.
For most of us, that glass was from a fast food restaurant, or a jelly jar. When I was little, I had a Grimace glass from McDonald’s that was my absolute favorite. Grimace finally faded away from overuse, but I have never forgotten that silly glass. My sweet husband actually found me a Grimace glass at a thrift store in Tennessee when he was there on business!
Glass collecting has become a popular hobby. One popular area of promo glass collecting is the Welch’s Jelly Glasses. The interest in these glasses has been increasing over the years. There were twenty-six different sets of Welch’s glasses dating back to 1953. It all started with Howdy-Doody and has gone on to include Davy Crockett, the Flintstones, Archie, Warner Bros, Dr. Seuss and Peanuts in 2001.
Almost any cartoon character you can think of has been featured on a glass. The Flintstones, Snoopy, Woody Woodpecker, Looney Tunes characters, Disney characters, superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Aquaman or Green Lantern, Dr Seuss, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Alvin and the Chipmunks…
My favorite cartoon when I was a kid was Looney Tunes. I remember these glasses from when I was little, they were sold at restaurants that sold Pepsi. I started collecting these when I found a Foghorn Leghorn at a thrift shop. I didn’t realize it was a big thing. I now have 8 out of 18. I could have more, but I refuse to pay more than $1, so it is taking a while!
There are 18 Glasses in the 1973 Pepsi Collector’s Set:
Pepe Le Pew
Wile E. Coyote
Slow Poke Rodriguez
The Glasses were manufactured by two different companies:
Federal Glass Company created the thin walled glass and often referred to as “Thin Walls”.
12 oz. Federal LUN (letter under name) are the rarest
15 oz. Federal LUN (letter under name)
16 oz. Federal
Brockway Glass Company or “Tumbler” is a thicker heavier glass.
16 oz. Brockway
16 oz. Brockway LUN (letter under name)
Apparently, most people collect the Brockway glasses, but there are far less Federal Thin Glasses (probably about 3/4 less). Federal glasses had trouble surviving because they are a thinner size glass than the Brockway glasses, and are worth about double. I don’t have any Federal glasses, just Brockway.
The rarest of the 1973 Glasses is Slow Poke Rodriguez. The glass has an average sell price of $30 – $50. Another rare glass is the Road Runner without “Beep Beep” coming out of his mouth. Most Sylvesters have a big red nose, but there is a rare Sylvester with a smaller red nose (with black around the red).
Most of the promo glasses are very affordable. Look for bright colors with little fading. Also make sure that all of the lettering is there. The average price range for most cartoon promo glasses is $10 – $20 at an antiques store. It is a lot of fun to find your favorite cartoon character glasses at flea markets, thrift shops and garage sales. I found the rarest one, Slow Poke Rodriguez, for a quarter at the flea market!