Collecting Restaurant Promo Glasses

As we continue to look at popular collecting hobbies, let’s take a look at collecting promotional glasses from restaurant chains. Collecting these glasses is popular since they can be relatively rare, especially in excellent condition, and have the likenesses of popular cartoon characters, holiday scenes or other popular themes. People like to collect them because it’s easy to get started since the price of these collectible promo glasses can start out quite low as you can see here…

Glasses with Disney Characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are quite popular. Restaurants that were once owned by Pepsico, such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, often provided promotional Disney glasses. Disney movie glasses, from movies such a A Goofy Movie, Jungle Book, Bambi and Show White, have a following as well.

Other cartoon characters such as the Flintstones, Snoopy, Woody Woodpecker and Warner Brothers Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner and Daffy Duck, have also graced collectable promotional glasses provided by restaurant chains such as Hardees, McDonalds, Burger King and others. 

Superhero glasses such as those with Batman or Spiderman are a bit harder to find but worth looking for. Some with more obscure characters like Aquaman or Green Lantern are particularly treasured. In fact, the ‘holy grail’ of collectable promo glassware is the Mighty Mouse glass that was only available in California in late 1970’s.

Movie tie in glasses, such as those for Star Wars, often attract collectors. Holiday glasses, such as the Arby’s collectible Christmas glasses or Christmas Pepsi glasses or Norman Rockwell glasses are also a popular selections by collectors. Coca Cola and Pepsi promo glasses also have their fans.

Do you collect these glasses or do you have any of these rare Restaurant Promo Glasses yourself?


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2008-07-11 02:57:08

I’ve never collected promo glasses, although my family and I do collect shot glasses from the different places we visit. Some of the ones that were listed on the eBay pictures on this post are really cute; I like the one from Camp Snoopy.

(One funny listing popped up — a copy of Pete Townshend’s solo album “Empty Glass.”)

Comment by jfc
2008-08-01 14:34:58

Hi Oakley,

Promo glassware often sells well on eBay. For example, I sold leftover 1996 Atlanta Olympics promo glassware on eBay a few years ago when I was actively selling. Promo glassware is one of the better things you can run across in a storage garage auction, as long as it’s not broken.

Pingback by Norman
2008-07-11 08:42:57

Coca Cola Norman Rockwell glasses are popular since they can be relatively rare, especially in excellent condition.

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