Tobacco became popular in Europe in the 1600's, after traders brought back tobacco plants from the Americas. Pipes, borrowed from the Native Americans, were the first popular method of smoking, and were made of wood, bone, clay, and even metal. Some of the most valuable antique pipes are those made of meerschaum, a rare white stone.

Cigars, which have long been popular in Central and South America, have a whole set of collectibles associated with them, including cigar boxes, humidors, cigar cutters, and special cigar lighters.

Next came the cigarette, popularized during the Crimean war when soldiers would roll their pipe tobacco in newsprint. Related collectibles include tobacco tins, tobacco cards, ashtrays, matchbooks, and vintage advertising and signs. Over the years, tobacco companies created iconic logos like Zig-Zag's Zouave and The Camel (later Joe Camel), and put their slogans on everything from clothing to posters to statuettes.

Cigarette lighters are a category all their own, with major brands including Zippo, Ronson, and Dunhill. There's a wide variety of lighters to collect in every material imaginable. Although lighters haven't changed much from their original designs in the early 1900s, the older the lighter, the more decorated they tend to be. And don't forget the lighter's precursor, the lowly but often highly ornamented match holder (aka match safe).

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While it may have fallen out fashion, a small band of California winemakers ...
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 3rd

Franciscan will soon debut its first reserve Merlot, a 2013 vintage, focused on the restaurant market. “Restaurants have always ... Oaky in plummy black fruit and tobacco, it shows a touch of cedar and clove amid mountainous tannins. Folie à Deux 2012...Read more

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WABC-TV, August 2nd

That's how much art and antique appraiser Jon Felz says he paid for this bronze wiener dog. Felz says the pricey pooch could now fetch $750 to $800. How about this tobacco holder he bought at a yard sale for just $10. "It's probably worth in this...Read more

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24/7 Wall St., August 2nd

True vintage baseball card collectors know that the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card is not worth as much as a handful of other cards and memorabilia items, but to many this card represents the official face card of vintage baseball card collecting. There...Read more

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Washington Post, August 2nd

In this wine, it adds a leafy tobacco character, lending complexity and an earthy, savory note on the finish. Alcohol by volume: 14.5 percent. M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Burka's Wine & Liquor, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capitol...Read more

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CINCINNATI - It's hard to imagine a classic American road trip that doesn't pass through dusty, forgotten towns with vintage neon signs advertising motels and roadside diners, still trying to lure motorists. Many of those signs are disappearing...Read more

Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut No. 3 (Prerelease), July 31st

The Gershel Farm in Somers, Conn. is home to huge spreads of shade-grown Connecticut tobacco, and the company also has a significant number of fields that produce Connecticut broadleaf. For this release, Altadis U.S.A. tapped into a supply of 2008 ...Read more

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2 ($36), a light-bodied, nutty cigar with notes of wood and leather; Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon ($18), a medium-bodied smoke with coffee notes, sweet wood flavors, and light spice; and Padron Anniversary Imperial ($36), full-bodied and sweet...Read more

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While tobacco bonds are more complex than this example, long maturity 2007 vintage tobacco bonds have a current yield (coupon/price) in the 6%-7% range, indicating that a large part of their promised yield to maturity comes from the coupon payments...Read more