In 2022, David Ortiz was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and this year, there will be a cigar to celebrate that accomplishment.

The cigar is called the HOF by David Ortiz, and it is the newest extension to Ortiz’s series of cigars produced by Artista Cigars. The blend uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, an Indonesian binder, and an undisclosed filler that is described as being “as powerful as Ortiz’s career.”

It is being produced in two vitolas; the first is a regular production, 6 x 54 toro that is priced at $15 per cigar and offered in 20-count boxes. The other size is a limited edition figurado of an as-yet undisclosed size, with just 541 boxes of 10 cigars being produced and individual cigars priced at $16. That number of boxes corresponds to the number of home runs hit in Ortiz’s career in Major League Baseball, which spanned 20 seasons. Each of those 541 boxes is hand-numbered, and a few will be autographed by Ortiz.

The cigars are slated to be released in mid-July.

Images courtesy of Artista Cigars.

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