The MLB lockout may delay the start of the baseball season, but United Cigars has a different opening in store. The Big Papi Firecracker is set for Firecracker fans to light up for the scheduled MLB Opening Day. Retailers and cigar media will get a first glimpse at the TPE Show this month in Las Vegas. The Big Papi Firecracker is a variation of the Slugger line by El Artista.
The 3.5 x 50 Big Papi Firecracker comes in 20-count boxes ($159.99) or $7.99 a cigar. The boxes will feature a QR Code for a special ‘Thank you’ video from former major leaguer David Ortiz. Among the boxes will be 10 MVP mystery boxes with Ortiz’ signature inside and sealed at the factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.
The Big Papi Firecracker has a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Dominican Negrito binder and a blend of Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Jalapa and PA Broadleaf as filler.
The Firecracker will begin shipping to retailers in March.
“This was a special project that I wanted to be a part of,” Ram Rodriguez, owner of El Artista, said in a statement. “This Firecracker is a unique vitola and for a Big Papi Firecracker it had to be special. I wanted tobacco that was grown in the Dominican in the 60’s and Dominican Negrito was that tobacco.”