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Collecting Starbucks Coffee Mugs: 1994 to 2012

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Welcome to my page about Collecting Starbucks Mugs!

This page is devoted to you, the Starbucks collector!

I love Starbucks mugs - collectible Starbucks Coffee city mugs, travel coffee cups, hand painted mugs, holiday mugs, and more!

My best find was this Venezia Starbucks mug from Venice, Italy! I found it in a Seattle thrift store and it was in perfect condition!

I like to shop on Ebay for Starbucks city mugs from around the world, and on this page I'll show you how I find some of my best deals.

If you have your own collection, be sure to tell me about it in the guestbook! I love seeing new mugs!

Scroll down to see new 2012 Starbucks Mugs! Page Updated 5/20/2012

Timeline of Starbucks Mugs Produced

There have been so many mugs produced, often times more than one mug for each city, that collectors often classify them by year and type of image on the cup (i.e. collage, photo, skyline, architecture, etc), as well as size.

  • 1994-1995 Icon City Series
  • 1994-? International Style Cities
  • 1999-2001 Collage Series
  • 1997 States of Bean Series
  • 2002-2003 US "Italian Romance" Series (Valentine's Day)
  • 2003 Christmas Ornament (Miniature) Skyline City Mugs
  • 2002-2003 Skyline Series
  • 2004 City Scenes (Mini cups, too)
  • 2005 Destination Series (featuring 25 American Cities)
  • 2005 Photo Series, Featuring London & other UK cities
  • 2006 Architecture Series
  • 2007 Parks Series
  • 2008 Icon Global Mugs

Are you a normal Starbucks fan? - WOW! Over 600 people have voted in this poll... how do you compare?

Starbucks City Mugs on Ebay that are priced under $25

Do you see a bargain?

If not, bookmark this page and check back tomorrow. There will be new auctions shown here every day!

Starbucks City Mugs & Crazy Selling Prices

Actual sale prices on Ebay! (auctions & buy-it-now)

Here is a list of some of the top-selling auctions:

  • FIRENZE ITALIAN EDITION II Starbucks Coffee mug ($501)
  • 1994 New Orleans City Mug ($306) (brand new, sold for $361 in 2011!)
  • NYC Starbucks Coffee Mug featuring yellow taxi cabs ($99)
  • Starbucks Skyline Seattle Headquarters Coffee Mug ($87)
  • Mt Rushmore Coffee Mug ($61)
  • 1994 Santa Barbara 20oz Coffee Mug ($78)
  • Bucharest, Romania Coffee Mug ($58)
  • 1994 Aachen City Coffee Mug ($237)
  • 2003 Tuscany Italian Edition II ($99)
  • 2006 Sao Paulo Coffee Mug ($69)
  • 2008 Veracruz Icon Series Coffee Mug ($62)
  • 2002 Kuwait City Mug ($59)

Prices vary widely (and wildly!) on some of the city mugs. In 2004, a woman said she would pay $1000 for the Minneapolis city mug. Since then, there have been new Minneapolis mugs produced, but perhaps if you have the first original Minneapolis city mug you might be able to make some big money! In fact, I read that a Minneapolis mug sold for $2000. If I see it happen with my own eyes I will be sure to update this page.

Starbucks City Mugs - Rare Collectible Ones from 1994!

The first Starbucks mugs were produced in 1994. Here are a few of the ones currently up on auction.

To Aimee: How to Determine the Value of your Starbucks Mugs

Learn how to sell your Starbucks Mugs for Top Dollar!

Hi Aimee,

Thanks for visiting my site!

Determining the value of a Starbucks mug is not a science. Basically, how much you can sell your mug for depends on:

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- How rare is your mug?

- What is the condition of your mug?

- How long are you willing to wait to sell it?

- How desirable is your mug?

Mugs that are in new or like new condition will sell for more than those with scratches or other problems. If the mug has its original box or tags then that is even better.

If your mug is extremely rare and desirable, then you have a good chance of getting a good price for it.

If you put it up on auction, then the price you get is somewhat up to chance. Who will see it while it's up on auction?

To find out if your Starbucks mug has sold before, go to Ebay's advanced search and search completed listings. However, this only goes back a few weeks. I also use Terapeak which searches back a whole year but that's a subscription service. (And worth every penny if you sell much on ebay!)

Does your Washington DC mug hold 1 GALLON? Someone sold a Giant San Diego coffee mug that holds one gallon for $136 on Ebay.

I've sold a few blue glass mugs. I think I sold them for around $15 each.. They took awhile to sell, and they sold to people in Europe. I think there are lots of different kinds of blue glass mugs so you'll have to look up which ones you have.

I hope this helps!


Starbucks Bean Mug

Starbucks Bean Mug

Think of your Starbucks Collection as an investment

Buy Low, Sell High!

Forbes magazine had an article about things to invest in.. given the possibility of hyperinflation, paper money might decline in value. One of the article's suggestions was "trinkets"....

I think Starbucks mugs might be just the right kind of trinket to invest in. They have become cheaper on ebay recently, and when something is cheap it is a good idea to buy.


There are many devoted collectors out there, including completists.. If Starbucks continues the decline, their mugs will likely remain valuable over the long haul.

Each city mug was only sold in the city it represents, so there is a limited supply of them.

Jump Start Your Collection

Here are a few Ebay auctions for LOTS of mugs... You can buy a whole lot of mugs all at one time. A great way to begin your collection!

Starbucks Skyline City Mugs

Here are a few of the mugs from the Skyline series that are currently on Ebay.

Do you collect other mugs? Other Starbucks items? Or something else completely different? Take a moment to tell me what is is. :)

Starbucks Architecture City Mugs

Here are some mugs up on Ebay right now!

Starbucks or McDonald's? - ABC Nightline covers the competition

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What else do you like to collect?

Soug on November 09, 2018:

I picked up a 2011 Starbucks Florida Alligator/Pelican for my daughter-in-law today. One thing seems to differ from all the others I can find.

On the bottom it has “Starbucks” centered in the middle.

All of the fine print is arched over and then below. Two rows each, English and French.

Comments appreciated....

matej on July 30, 2016:

Can somebody help me to get Zagreb icon ?

CliffP on June 02, 2014:

Great Lens ! I collect Starbucks Cards but after reading this lens I think I might be broadening my Starbucks collecting !

kristi-demeter on June 01, 2014:

Hi I had collected quite a few 2002 Skyline (Series one) Mugs...but no longer have room to store them. I also have 2002 KUWAIT Collectors Series, 2002 ENGLAND Collectors Series, and 2000 UK Collectors Series. Anyone interested in a purchase?

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

New here! I'm in Seattle and began with the City mugs back in '94, so my collection is of the originals. I have about 50 or so, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to part with them. They have never seen a drop of coffee in them and were only ever for display/collecting. Do I part them out individually? Do I put them in regional groups? Or do I put a price on the whole lot and just see what happens? I'd like to find out which are the most rare or sought after. Is there a site that ranks the value of each City mug? Like a common Seattle Space Needle mug may be a 2, but maybe one of the 2 New Orleans or Minneapolis mugs would be a 10? Also ... I have issues #1 and #2 of Joe Magazine, and the premiere issue has the letter to the partners from Howard Shultz still perfectly attached to the inside cover. Anyone?

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

I have four of the Italian Romance Collection mugs (all 2003) and still need the remaining four to complete my collection. Does anyone know if the 2003 are more than or equal in value to the same collection for 2002? Also, is Ebay the best place to find the mugs to complete my collection? Thank you!

CCGAL on January 21, 2013:

I just discovered that starbucks coffee mugs are coveted and sell well on eBay. Now I keep my eyes open for them when ever I'm out thrifting. Nice job on this lens!

hotbrain (author) from Tacoma, WA on January 17, 2013:

@anonymous: I think the best place to look might be on Ebay. If you don't see it right now, you can create a saved search on Ebay, and Ebay will email you when someone lists one.

anonymous on January 16, 2013:

Is there any one who knows someone who would be selling a 2011 Valentine"s coffee mug? My husband gave me one and I lost it when we moved. I am so much in pain!

christianstores on November 18, 2012:

.. i wanna have one, now im trying to complete the stickers! soo excited!

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

I have a vintage logo stamped metal bistro table with 4 black metal barrel chairs. Any interest?

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on October 19, 2012:

Starbucks mugs are awesome, but their coffee is more marketing than flavor.

Aleayah on August 21, 2012:

The starbucks label really rocks!

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

This is an interesting lens. I love sbux!

nhotdeals on July 22, 2012:

I sell them around the world. There is talk of a new series possibly coming out this year.

ErinRivers on July 09, 2012:

Awesome lens. I remember a few of the mugs shown but I only have 2 different ones.

anonymous on May 15, 2012:

@anonymous: I have a giant Los Angeles Starbucks mug. I paid about $50 for it in 2002. It holds a gallon or more and has been used as a planter since I got it. I would love to know what it is worth. It is is very good condition outside, but obviously a bit discolored on the inside due to the dirt. I see above that one with San Diego's skyline sold for $136 on e-bay. What would someone pay for NY or LA?

anonymous on May 13, 2012:

Srarbucks lapel pins

Winter52 LM on May 11, 2012:

I will have to keep my eyes open for them... can you ever have too many? And no, I don't even have one!

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

I have a giant NYC Starbucks mug. I believe it is a 2002. Must hold 1.5 gallons. Any idea on what it may be worth? I can't find anything close to it on ebay

Natalie W Schorr on March 25, 2012:

I have a Starbucks Taichung mug that has been my morning coffee cup for years; I had no idea it was worth anything!

Kysaan LM on March 23, 2012:

What a great collection :)

ChrisShaefer on March 20, 2012:

This is an excellent lens, thank you for the hard work and effort you put into this.

I always love an informative publication that has some substance.

I have a few coffee articles of my own. Please stop by and share a little love.

Thanks again, 2 thumbs up and a LIKE for you!


anonymous on March 16, 2012:

My niece is a huge Starbucks fan. A Starbucks mug would make a great gift for her. I've bookmarked this lens on StumbleUpon so that I can return.

anonymous on March 14, 2012:

My sister collects Starbucks's mugs so I started collecting the Starbucks insulated/travel mugs. I have about 8 so far. Only two have been purchased at the store and only one at full price.

sarahrk lm on February 03, 2012:

I do collect coffee mugs and have quite a few starbucks, especially christmas mugs.

Heather Bradford from Canada on December 26, 2011:

My husband just gave me three starbucks mugs for Xmas after he was on a business trip. I"ll be able to drink from the right city mug on his next trip maybe?!

NicksQuiz on December 16, 2011:

I think I may be bit of a mug ;) the girls in my family seem to like collecting shoes, we're snowed under and I'm the one who always tidies them up! Great lens anyway, love coffee myself and have just doen a load of espresso maker lenses in addition to my normal quiz theme

Buchamar on December 12, 2011:

Angels are my thing :-)

Dragon 40 on December 10, 2011:

Interesting look at a hobby I didn't know existed - thanks! Blessed.

love4randomness1 on November 30, 2011:

cool lens. love Starbucks. Liked!

anonymous on November 19, 2011:

So glad I found this great lens. Two thumbs up. Squid-liked!

anonymous on November 11, 2011:

I love collecting coffee mugs and I never knew that the Starbucks mugs are of investment grade value! Nice to know. :)

AkaProfessorMike on November 02, 2011:

While having a nice cup of tea, mug of hot chocolate of Coffee i indulge in reading both books and graphic novels from my collection!

anonymous on October 26, 2011:

browsing and came upon your lens, here's a 'thumbs up' from me.

Loretta from United States on October 23, 2011:

The Minneapolis mug is going for $1,200?!?! Holy schnikeys! I love a good Starbucks mug, but whoa.

anonymous on October 23, 2011:

Please contact me if you might have a Denver Starbucks coffee mug

anonymous on October 23, 2011:

I am in need of a Denver Starbucks coffee mug

E L Seaton from Virginia on October 20, 2011:

Hey, I've gotten a mug on top of the Stratosphere, in the Forbidden city in Pikes place and Anchorage AK, the collection is not large but it is far flung. Thanks for sharing a great lens. Here's to you squidoer!

pd6914 on September 19, 2011:

I came across an etsy store (CampfireDesigns) that takes old Starbucks giftcards and makes them into notepads. They are very fun!!

gregoryolney lm on September 08, 2011:

I like this lens - I've featured it on my Souvenir Mugs lens !

Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on September 04, 2011:

How fun!! Mum only has one Starbucks mug...but she drinks her coffee with chocolate soy milk in it every single day! BOL!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on August 19, 2011:

A great resource for Starbucks Coffee mug collectors! Added as a featured lens on my Pike Place Market lens.

Wanda Fitzgerald from Central Florida on August 15, 2011:

Nice to meet another Starbucks Mug fan. I'm inspired to write about my Starbucks Christmas Mug Collection. Great job.

gregoryolney lm on August 14, 2011:

I didn't realise that Starbucks had been around for so long. Nice lens !

jessicahoward on July 26, 2011:

Great lens and nice collection...... Get goes to show people collect everything......Good job

gottaloveit2 on July 22, 2011:

I would never have thought that Starbucks mugs were collectibles! Congrats on the $240 and loved the way you worked that into the module. Great job.

WorldVisionary on July 12, 2011:

I never realized collecting Starbucks mugs was so popular! Thumbs up and an Angel blessing.

anonymous on June 07, 2011:

It looks like you struck gold here, thank you Starbucks mug lovers! What a wonderful thought.... to travel the world to complete a Starbucks City Mug collection, now that is a hobby!

pheonix76 from WNY on June 03, 2011:

I had no idea Starbucks mugs were so collectible! Jeepers, I think I'll be buying a couple the next time I see one I like. :) I currently have none. Very interesting and informative lens.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on May 31, 2011:

This was quite surprising. Maybe next time I will get more than the paper cup at starbucks :)

UKGhostwriter on May 19, 2011: