What makes a cigar legal versus illegal?
The date 2/7/62.
President Kennedy signed the "Trading with the Enemy Act" on that date during the run up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Later that year, in October, we experienced 13 days where the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro and the US went to the brink of nuclear war. The law read that any and all Cuban products that the revenue went back to the Cuban government, became illegal for US citizens to consume, possess, trade, sell or give away anything Cuban from Cuba. In order to qualify as a Pre-Embargo Cuban Cigar, certain criteria must be met. The stamps and rings must coincide with the era and usually; some kind of traceable history will accompany most true Pre-Embargos. Due to the nature of the product, there are very few on the market. Cigars are good forever, kept properly, but few are stored for long-term aging. Some brands age better than others. Some are packaged better than others. Some cigars are constructed for being aged for a long time before they are consumed. Others are ready to smoke in 6 months.
Fumar Cigars began its collecting of these treasures over 2 decades ago. The first box was found and a love affair with collecting was borne. To date, Fumar Cigars has bought and sold (and smoked!) thousands of boxes. There are hundreds of boxes and partial boxes in the collection at any time. We sell singles at over 120 famed resorts in our resort service division. They are on display in 7 states about 20 markets, from Sea Island, Georgia to Santa Barbara and La Jolla. From South Beach to Tahoe. You will find Fumar Cigars Pre-Embargo Cigars at many properties. For a list while you travel, contact Fumar offices.
We have 75 brands from as early as 1907 and through 1962 most of the major manufacturers of the decade they are from.