Prices on older tobacco tins has increased in recent months. Some of it to the point of being outrageous. I point you to the following auction: 3 Dunhill Tins But not all tobacco that is going for high prices is old. Some is just very hard to get. That one is sold out at most on line shops but normally sells for around $25 for 8 ounces. More and more pipe tobaccos are becoming harder to get. There is a new bill in congress that will basically double the price of pipe tobaccos much as it did for cigarettes last year. This will no doubt put some companies out of business the way it did for some rolling tobacco companies. Many of the rolling tobacco companies remained in business only by cheating and relabeling their rolling tobaccos as pipe tobaccos. This new bill will destroy them completely. What do you need to know in order to invest in pipe tobacco? 1. Popularity of the tobacco. 2. Production limitations. 3. Tin Designs. 4. Company History. 5. Tobacco laws and taxes in your state. 6. Age of the tobaccos. Popularity of the tobacco. Not all companies go out of business because of tax laws. Some tobaccos just plain suck and no one will buy them. Production limitations. Some tobaccos that are popular also have a limited production availability. The Penzance listed above is very difficult to come by right now. Thus it brings good prices at auction. Tin Designs. Some tobaccos are just 'okay' as far as taste goes but because of fancy tin designs they still bring good money. Tobacco in actual metal tins brings generally much better prices than bulk tobaccos in plastic bags. Most tins are vacuum sealed and this allows the tobacco to actually age much like wines. Company History. Some tobacco companies don't survive even when they are fairly popular. Some of them sell out their blends to other companies. Those companies often change the mixture in order to decrease production price and make a better profit. When this happens the actual value of the older tin production can increase considerably. Tobacco laws and taxes in your state. Several states are considering banning the mailing of tobacco to insure they get their taxes. Some have gone after people who have bought cigarettes over the internet and hit them with high taxes. It's really only a matter of time before all states do this. If you bought a tin of tobacco today that's worth $10 and in a couple of years the value has gone to $100 you may actually have to break the law in order to sell it. Consider things very carefully before you invest. I am not suggesting you break the law! Age of the tobaccos. Generally speaking, the older the tin the greater it's value will become. Aged tins are sought after by pipe smokers. The three tins of Dunhill in the auction above have three things going for it. 1. Popularity of the blend 2. No longer in production by the same company. 3. Age. These three things combine to cause high selling prices. That is just a general list of things to consider. Not all tobaccos will increase in value. Some drug store blends for instance will never bring the prices seen above unless there is an outright ban on all tobaccos. The two auctions linked above are extremes but are becoming more and more the rule instead of the exception. Two years ago the auctions above would have brought around a quarter of what they do now. Like anything you decide to put your money into you need to first invest time and research. If you don't it's just a crap shoot. Maybe you will make some money or maybe you will lose your butt. What is legal today my not be tomorrow. I've been doing this for a little while now. While I could sell my stock today and make decent money I've decided to hold on to it for a few more years to increase my profits even more. At the same time I'm keeping an eye on the laws about tobaccos and will act accordingly. Just something to think about.