A tin of 1998 McClelland Christmas Cheer is currently worth about $46, based on recent eBay sales. That might not be a bad retirement investment. Of course, back in 1998, not many people were cellering Christmas Cheer, so there is a small supply available now, and if the number of pipe smokers declines over the next 16 years, then the market will shrink....
There have to be some commodities speculators here. What say thee? Is pipe tobacco, carefully selected, a good investment, or should I stick with my oddly-shaped vegetable collection?
I think buying tobacco with the hope of huge appreciation is taking a flyer. Even if taxes spike it will be irrelevant if there is no one to buy it. I'm not yet convinced that the pipe boom has legs. Now if you have any veggies that look like Jesus or the Virgin Mary I think you're golden :wink:
I just got home from New York Pipe Club's August meet-up, where Chris from Nat Sherman had a tin of this available. While I didn't get the chance to smoke any, I did get a whiff of the tin and... wow! This is going to be a joy to smoke now and, I'm sure, in years to come.