Vintage Blatz beer statues

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2015-06-26 10:31:15

Vintage Blatz beer statues are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Blatz beer

Blatz beer was produced by Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based US brewery Valentin Blatz Brewing Company from 1851.

In 1959 the beer was sold to the US Pabst Brewing Company, before changing hands several more times prior to being acquired back by Pabst in 2007.

The beer is well known for its advertising strategies. In 2007 it introduced the Blatz Party USA tune to the nation in a series of adverts.

Vintage Blatz beer statues

Vintage Blatz beer statues were made of cast iron and produced in the 1950s in a range of different guises.

One of the more common items was a 16-inch high statue of a running drinks waiter with a Blatz beer bottle for a body.

Blatz was, for a time, a sponser of the Milkaukee Braves baseball team, which played in the city between 1953 and 1965. During this time a statue was produced depicting three baseball players, with Blatz bottles, kegs and cans for bodies.

How much are vintage Blatz beer statues worth?

Fair condition vintage Blatz beer “waiter” statues can sell at internet auctions for around $60.

Ice skating variants of the waiter have sold for $200.

Good condition baseball trio statues can achieve around $160

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