My collection of Hormel SPAM cans began as a joke.
I was working on an anti-spam project at work, and
some friends bought me a regular can of SPAM for my cube.
Things sorta snowballed from there.
As of December 2013, a photo of my collection of SPAM cans (49 unique cans and packages (food only)):
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I've seen the photos of my SPAM collection around the web - in PowerPoint presentations about email spam, on blogs and forums, on Photobucket, and in other places.
Here are some older pictures of my collection, under the same license, with links to other people using the photos:
The Usual Suspects
Here is the lineup of what is in my collection, with credit given (where I can remember):
SPAM "Classic" (regular flavor) 12oz sizes, in a variety of packaging:
- SPAM with "get SPAM stuff" blurb
- SPAM with "Free SPAMMOBILE" offer
- SPAM 70th Anniversary (acquisition)
- SPAM In Honor of Guam's Liberation (courtesy of Michael Jacques of Guam, 2009-09)
- SPAM Island Special Edition (only available in Guam, Spam Kelaguen recipe on the back)
Standard 12oz size, different flavors:
- SPAM 25% Less Sodium (acquisition)
- SPAM 25% Less Sodium - 70th Anniversary (acquisition)
- SPAM 25% Less Sodium - Hawai'i collector's edition (courtesy of Donna Graham)
- SPAM 25% Less Sodium - 2010 can design (acquisition)
- SPAM 25% Less Sodium - Hawai'i No Ka 'Oi edition (acquisition)
- SPAM A Great Taste Around The World - 2006 Football World Cup - commemorative limited edition
- SPAM BBQ (?)
- SPAM Black Pepper (courtesy of Michael Jacques of Guam, 2009-09)
- SPAM Black Pepper, 75th Anniversary edition (acquisition)
- SPAM with Cheese (?)
- SPAM Garlic (courtesy of Dan Solodon)
- SPAM Golden Honey Grail (courtesy of Pat Whitesell and Keith Riley)
- SPAM Hickory Smoke (?)
- SPAM Hot & Spicy (courtesy of Dan Solodon)
- SPAM Jalapeño (acquisition)
- SPAM Japanese regular (acquisition)
- SPAM Korean regular (acquisition)
- SPAM Lite (courtesy of Dan Solodon)
- SPAM Lite - 70th Anniversary (acquisition)
- SPAM Lite - 2010 can design (acquisition)
- SPAM Lite - 74th Anniversary (acquisition)
- SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey (?)
- SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey - "New Great Taste" (as opposed to the original un-great taste) (?)
- SPAM with Real Hormel Bacon (direct acquisition from Casey Collins, April 2005)
- SPAM with Stinky French Garlic (2006 UK edition, taller can, courtesy of Jason Alexander)
- SPAM Teriyaki (acquisition)
- SPAM UK 75th Anniversary (2013 acquisition)
- SPAM UK Rugby (2007 limited edition can)
Different sizes and SPAM-based products
- SPAM - 7 oz oblong with plateful photo (and third-party "IT'S PORKTASTIC" label (a "You Don't Know Jack" reference), both courtesy of Josh Buesseler)
- SPAM - 7 oz oblong with burger photo (unkown source)
- SPAM spread - 3 oz round can (acquisition?)
- SPAM Spreaders, three different flavors (eBay acquisition)
- SPAM Single packet (courtesy of Keith Riley)
I actually have three variations of the Golden Honey Grail, but only one is pictured. They are:
- The empty one handed out at the New York debut of Spamalot (eBay acquisition)
- The full can available only from the factory (courtesy of Keith Riley)
- The full one for sale at the Vegas show (courtesy of Pat Whitesell)
Non-edible SPAM-related items:
- SPAM puzzle (courtesy of Curt Ehrhart)
- SPAM cookbook (courtesy of Ann Fernandez, not yet pictured)
- SPAM-ku: haiku book (?)
- SPAM can made into a coin bank (?)
- SPAMMOBILE toy car (acquisition? - not yet pictured)
- SPAM mug (courtesy of Robert Stiver, given to him by a Hormel employee! - not yet pictured)
- Old-time Hormel SPAM delivery truck (UK, LLEDO die-cast) (not yet pictured)
- SPAM pen (not yet pictured)
SPAM on the Lam
There are a number of variations I'd still like to have in the collection.
If you are aware of any other variations not listed here, please let me know!
Standard United States modern cans
- SPAM Lite - multiple alternate designs
- SPAM Operation Education (standard can with small badge)
- SPAM Classic with "Book of Spam" offer badge
- SPAM Tocino (2014, reported by Gerry Freed)
- SPAM with Chorizo Seasoning (2014, reported by Gerry Freed)
- SPAM 1937-2007 "70 Years of Great Taste" 340g (Canada)
- SPAM Mild (Korean, maybe also Japanese)
- Japanese - multiple styles
- Korean - Fresh Onion, Mozzarella Chicken, Sweet Potato, Single Classic
- SPAM Black Pepper (UK can)
- SPAM Bacon (UK can)
- SPAM Smoke Flavoured (international variant of "Hickory Smoke")
- Mexican variants Pavo (Turkey), Reducida en Grasa (Light), and multiple deviled ("endiablado") types, including regular, Jalapeño, Pimiento, and Champiñon (mushroom)
Retired US forms
- Deviled SPAM - multiple sizes
- SPAM with Cheese Chunks
- SPAM Family Size
- SPAM Smoke Flavored ('70's edition)
- SPAM Special Economy Label
- SPAM Special Spamburger can edition (1997)
- SPAM round soup-sized can
- SPAM Spread
- SPAM 7oz Lower Sodium (25% and 50% versions)
- SPAM Spreaders - multiple formats - original, bacon, black pepper (British)
- SPAM Fritters (launched 2006)
- SPAM Single Classic (updated version of the one in my collection)
- SPAM Single Turkey (both with and without the word "Turkey" in large letters)
- SPAM Single Lite
- SPAM 25% Extra Free (British)
- SPAM 50% Extra Free (British)
- SPAM Spread Snack Kit
- SPAM Spread with Pineapple (circa 2003) (Australian?)
Non-food items I'm interested in
- Spam 130pc Puzzle - same can size.
- Spam Dice Game - same can size.
- Spam Crazy Eights card game - same can size.
But of course, I'll never get them all.
No, I don't actually eat them! But since I'm
allergic to eating birds, the office joke for a while was that I could
take one for the team by popping the top off of a can of Turkey and wolfing it down before
being interrogated by
the competition (if they broke into our building in
some act of physical corporate espionage).
Thanks to all
enablers friends who have donated!
INTERESTING FACT: spam.budwin.net has reviews of how most of these different SPAM® types taste!
Royce D. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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