Vintage Prince Albert Tobacco collectibles

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2015-06-26 10:33:46

Vintage Prince Albert collectibles are items of tobacciana related to the Price Albert Tobacco brand.

Background

Prince Albert Tobacco is an American brand of tobacco which was introduced onto the market by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1907. Prince Albert is one of the most popular independent pipe tobacco brands in the U.S. The blend is burley-based and the brand is still available today.

Vintage Prince Albert collectibles are predominantly red in colour, and the tins in particular are decorated with a black and white image of Prince Albert (who married Queen Victoria on the 10th February 1840). A previous advertising slogan famously ran: "the national joy smoke!"

A wide range of vintage tobacco tins. tin plates, pen knives, signs and advertising posters are still available today. Prices vary wildly: scarcer, more coveted items such as commemorative plates can sell for as much as $1000-$5000, however, most tobacco tins can be bought for approximately $10.

"Prince Albert in a can"

The brand is famously the basis for a practical joke. Pranksters would typically telephone convenience stores, asking: "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" When the clerk replied that they did, the caller would follow with, "Well you should let him out then!"

In Weird Al Yankovic's parody of the TLC song, 'Waterfalls", "Phoney Calls", Yankovic sings: "Little Melvin has a natural obsession / Asking for Prince Albert in a can / he gets a kick every time he makes a collect call / to some guy he doesn't know who lives in Japan".

Prince Albert Tobacco tins

Collectible tins:

  • Rare Prince Albert "Now King" tin
  • Several variations of the "Complimentary Not To Be Sold" tins
  • Double struck tins
  • Prince Albert "New Foil" star burst tin
  • Prince Albert tins featuring unusual government tax stamps
  • "Packed Expressly For The Commissary Division Panama Railroad Company" stamped tins
  • Tins with usual or unusally coloured lids
  • Tins with unusual or unusually coloured "Match Safes" on the bottom
  • Prince Albert tins with knife offer (and accompanying "Old Timer" pocket knives)
  • Plastic, paper and cardboard Prince Albert Tobacco tins
  • Painted Prince Albert tins

Price Guide

  • 10 Prince Albert tins were sold for $10 by Montrose Auctions in February, 2006
  • 3 glass tobacco jars (including 1 P.A. jar) were sold for $50 by Duane Merril & Co. in March, 2010
  • A tin, Prince Albert "National Joy Smoke" decorative plate sold for $1000 at Clars Auction Gallery in January 2007
  • A tin, Prince Albert flange sign sold for $120 at Messiner's Auction Service in November 2002
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Mariposa28

2016-10-18 23:08:20

I have rare poster conmemorative 1987 Prince Albert by the R J Reynolds tobaco company somebody know something about that....




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