The only serious collectors market for cigars is in pre-revolutionary Havanas. There, they demand premium prices, about 5 or 6 times higher than the current retail price. The best place to find them is in London, because of the old tradition of laying down large cigar reserves at the main cigar shops. These cigars usually come onto the market when someone realizes that he will never get through the reserve, or when he dies (sometimes there is no obvious beneficiary). They are particularly attractive to American smokers, who have been able to buy and import them with a clear conscience since the trade embargo was imposed on Cuba in 1962. Unopened boxes are the most sought-after, as are sizes and brands which have now disappeared.
You can tell a pre revolutionary box because, the underside will read: Made in Havana, Cuba as opposed to the use of Spanish after the revolution.
Whether such old cigars are actually worth buying is a different question. As with old wine vintages, it is a matter of luck. If they have been properly stored and date no earlier than the 1950s, they might well still provide very satisfactory and interesting smokes. But, however well stored, they could just as easily be mere shadows of their former selves, musty with little bouquet. Dark cigars (colorado, colorado maduro, or maduro) are the best bets. However, even in the best storage conditions, cigars really shouldn't be kept for more than 10 to 15 years: the longer you leave cigars unsmoked, the more of their bouquet and aroma they will lose.
How to Start a Cigar Collection
Cigar collecting is becoming big business, as large auction houses like Christie's have begun to devote entire auctions to vintage cigar collections. Amassing a private collection is a great way to acquire and age your favorite cigars while making a potentially valuable investment.
Choose Cigars for Your Collection
Step 1 - Choose your favorite cigars by , brand , taste, type, country of origin or scarcity. Start your collection with high-quality, hand-rolled cigars. While vintage cigars may sell for thousands on the auction block all around the world, you can add good cigars to your collection for just a few dollars a piece
Step 2 - Find cigars that you really want to collect. Consult cigar guides, blogs and message boards on the internet. Read cigar reports and rankings at websites like cigarsmag.com, which also lists a cigar almanac and specialty cigars.
Step 3 - Start your search by checking out the market for the cigars you want to buy. You can do a lot of the research on the web, but you should also compare prices at local retailers.
Step 4 - Shop for your cigars in person. Find a local cigar store with a walk-in humidor and knowledgeable staff to answer all your questions about cigars, make sure that they know realy want to elp you.
Maintain Your Cigar Collection
Step 1 - Store your cigars in a seasoned, cedar-lined humidor. If you're mixing several brands of cigars in your humidor, leave your cigars in their cellophane wrappers.
Step 2 - Keep a log of cigars you've added to your collection so you can refer to it when making additions.
Find and Collect Cuban Cigars Legally
Step 1 - Collect vintage Cuban cigars through dealers, auctions and cigar stores.
Step 2 - Be prepared to pay a lot for an authentic vintage Cuban cigar. This luxury item can be extremely expensive.