I recently moved and I have been going through boxes sorting and rearranging things for the display case. While sorting I found this box of Soviet Army, veteran, tourist and commemorative pins and I though I would post it here to see if any of you guys remember this giveaway promotion.
Back in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union the Barq's Root Beer Company bought up a few tons of Soviet tchotkes and offered "Genuine Soviet Stuff" as an advertising promotional giveaway. For 50 cents and a proof of purchase seal from a 12 pack of soda they would send you a small plastic box with a few different random pieces.
My son thought this was great. He got a kick out of mailing the seals and getting Russian Army stuff. He started pestering everyone to get him the proof of purchase seals and got back piles of stuff. He was young and this was a lot of fun for him to get stuff and then look it up and identify the pieces.
None of what he got was all that fantastic or valuable. Most of the packets included 2 or 3 Communist party, tourist or veteran's pins but occasionally some pretty interesting pieces showed up including some actual Red Army and Navy insignia.
Anyway here are some of the things he received from this giveaway.