Review: 1976 7Up "United We Stand" Cans (Part 1 of 6 – Southwest)


Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, begins a 6-week can review series, proving that steel cylinders filled with lemon-lime carbonated goodness can be patriotic!

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Every year in the United States we celebrate this national holiday with parades, fireworks, barbecues and spending time with family and friends. For the bicentennial of that historic event, 7Up released a set of 50 commemorative cans – one for each state.

1976 7Up "United We Stand" Cans

1976 7Up "United We Stand" Cans

Rarely has there been such a large set of cans manufactured such as this "United We Stand" set from 1976. This set was made at a time when there was a variety of can manufacturing methods with different materials, so there are quite a few variations for the serious collector.

This is Part 1 of a 6-week series in which I will focus on a sub set of the 50 cans. If you have never heard about this set, you are about to discover one of the most awesome soda can sets ever made. Trust me, it'll all make sense why in the Week 6 review.

50 cans is a lot to tackle so I will be following McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing's "U.S. States Fact Cards" to help me split up the set. They have all 50 states divided into five sections – Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Southwest, and Northwest. Since this is Week 1, I'll start with the smallest section, the Southwest, which consists of 4 states. They are Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Map of Attack!

The Map of Attack!

I'll begin in this installment by describing the similarities across all of the cans. In later reviews, I'll discuss the variations. I am using the steel flat top set for the purposes of this review. These cans are all 12 oz (355 mL) and have a flat top and bottom (like a soup can) with pull tabs. Those were the ones that pulled completely off the can and were thrown away.

Pull Tab Cans, with and without tabs

Pull Tab Cans, with and without tabs

Each can has 2 distinct sides, one with a white background and what looks like randomly assorted characters in red and blue consisting of "7"s, "U"s, and "P"s.

Lots of tiny "7UP" characters

Lots of tiny "7UP" characters

The opposite side has a green background and shows a graphic of the featured state, the year and number order of when it became part of the union, the state capital, the state nickname, and the can set number.

All of the state information is at the top to the green side inside a red box with white dots around the top and sides and the words "United We Stand" at the bottom. Surrounding that box is a plain blue box. Below the boxes is the 7Up logo, made up of dots, very similar to The Celebrity Apprentice 1970's can. Slanted between the "7" and the "U" is another 7Up logo in white characters in a solid red box. This logo is also seen about 3 times its size to the right of the state box at the top. Below this larger 7Up logo, we see the can set number in red, followed by ingredients, manufacturing information, a barcode and volume information.

Arizona (#3 of 50)
1912 – 48th State
Capital: Phoenix
The Grand Canyon State

Arizona - Can #3 of 50

Arizona – Can #3 of 50

New Mexico (#31 of 50)
1912 – 47th State
Capital: Santa Fe
Land of Enchantment

New Mexico - Can #31 of 50

New Mexico – Can #31 of 50

Oklahoma (#36 of 50)
1907 – 46th State
Capital: Oklahoma City
The Sooner State

Oklahoma - Can #36 of 50

Oklahoma – Can #36 of 50

Texas (#43 of 50)
1845 – 28th State
Capital: Austin
The Lone Star State

Texas - Can #43 of 50

Texas – Can #43 of 50

This is only the beginning. Next week, we will look at another section of the United States and dive into one of the physical variations of the 7Up "United We Stand" can set.

United We Stand Series Archive:
Part 1 – Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com

Comments

  1. Bob Zelle says:

    Yes I am inquiring what a full set of 7up United We Stand cans not opened from the top, but empty are worth?

  2. Ebay is a good place to benchmark values of cans as you can take a look at what people are currently paying for them. Top opened vs. bottom opened has always been a great debate among collectors. Overall, I have never seen any evidence that bottom opened cans are more valuable than top opened cans. It all depends on the preference of the collector. The cans in this set aren't worth much as they can be easily found on ebay. Obviously, selling a complete set in good condition of all the same type (aluminum or steel) will be worth more than individual cans. I see that someone is currently trying to sell the entire set on ebay for around $200. In my opinion, that price is way too high.

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