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Cigar maker Rocky Patel teamed up with Major League Baseball Outfielder Gary Sheffield to create a commemorative cigar, the HR 500, in honor of Sheffield's 500th Home Run.
above image courtesy of the NY Mets
The limited edition HR 500 is blended with a dark Ecuadoran Habano-seed wrapper along with filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua and a Honduran Jamastran binder. This medium to full-bodied cigar is balanced with flavors of sweet spice, pepper and coffee.
HR 500 is available in the Toro size (6 1⁄2 x 52) at the price of $12.20 and is manufactured at the Tavicusa Factory in Nicaragua. Sold individually or as a box of 20 in a special leather covered box, complete with red stitching that bears a brass plaque honoring Sheffield's batting record.
Inside the lid, the box features an image of Sheffield in action. Now retired, Sheffield played with eight teams in the major leagues from 1988 to 2009 and currently works as a sports agent.
According to the Robb Report "“I’ve been a cigar smoker for 15 years,” said Sheffield, “but when I went down to the factory to help with the blend, we started with a medium cigar at first, for the beginning smoker. But Rocky wanted everyone to share what I smoke. And so it became one of those cigars where, at the beginning, it’s real smooth, and then once you get to the middle of it, the kick starts coming in.”
In this video below, baseball great Gary Sheffield talks about his new cigar he is doing with Rocky Patel and discusses a little about the cigar, how he became a cigar enthusiast, and a bit about when he hit his 500th Homerun:
Below are links to some reviews of the Gary Sheffield HR 500 Cigars by Rocky Patel: