Even if the idea was that it was a collectible and never to be taken from the packaging, this would be a raw deal if I saw one. I am truly a-maized at what pops up on ebay sometimes. That one must be a true uni-corn.
I think you would be paying $5 for the pipe and $147 for the package. He can ask what he wants but I can't imagine anybody paying that much for a cob, old or not. I notice that the package has a bar code on it which says it's not even that old. As P. T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."