What is Tobacciana?
Tobacciana is a category of collectibles which include tobacco and its various forms, as well as all smoking related items or products. In fact Tobacciana also includes paper collectibles involved with tobacco products, which includes advertising collectibles, posters, collectible matchbooks and matchboxes and cigarette cards. Collecting Tobacciana could involve collecting everything that falls under this category or just specific categories such as Camel cigarette collectibles, collectible lighters, collectible ashtrays or even collectible match safes or Vestas.
The hobby goes back to as far back as 1780s, when the first tobacco advertisements began to appear. These eye catching advertisement collectibles are the most valuable of all the Tobacciana collectibles. Apart from this collecting Tobacciana also involves the popular hobby of collecting cigar labels, collectible match safes, and popular brands such as Camel cigarette collectibles or Marlboro cigarette collectibles.
The hobby of collecting cigarette cards is known as cartophily and has been in practice since before the 1880s as well. But whatever your choice of category, as a novice collector you will be surprised to know that there is a flood of information available for beginners. Books, websites, forums and collector groups are available in abundance, in almost every category of Tobacciana collection.
But collecting Tobacciana does not just involve buying the collectibles, but also involves proper maintenance and care. For this purpose, extensive research is a must, which is the only tool you have against fakes, which can be found often in the market. Also, there is no dearth of sources to obtain Tobacciana collectibles, especially with the advent of the Internet. Many collectors sell rare and interesting pieces online, either for cash, or in exchange for other interesting pieces.
As a novice collector it is highly important that you first work on familiarizing yourself with every aspect of Tobacciana. Talk to experts, network and attend auctions to learn the tricks of the trade. In fact take professional advice for the first few times that you are buying expensive Tobacciana collectibles, even if just to back your thoughts. Be careful while buying Tobacciana collectibles from the internet. Avoid buying any product which does not have enough pictures, or has been supported with vague or incomplete information. Also check the dealer feedback given by other customers. If handled properly collecting Tobacciana is one of the most interesting hobbies in the world.