Flashback! It’s 1997. I decide to offer, out of simple curiosity, a few of my pipes for sale online to see if anyone is even interested. This one is the first sale. If I recall correctly, it sold for around $225 – a sum that, at the time, was considered both enormous and preposterous for a brand new pipemaker to dare ask, and I caught flak and flames for the next couple of years over actually asking the sort of prices I need to get for my labor.
Normally when a pipe is smoked, its resell value drops to half or less, with America pipemakers of that time (a short ten years ago) often suffering even more ignominious fates as their $300 new pipes resold as estates for $75.
So, imagine my surprise when, after nearly ten years of smoking, this pipe recently sold in estate condition on ebay for $865! I guess this means I’ve arrived, or something. For my part, I feel like I’m just getting started.