Collectors of rare, vintage and aged Cuban cigars will soon have a new auction site on which to buy and sell products, as James J. Fox, the Dublin, Ireland-based retailer, and Friends of Habanos, an online forum and store based in Australia, have announced a new platform called Bond Roberts.

“The idea behind this new initiative is to remove bottle-necks in the market for collectable Cuban cigars and to facilitate consumer participation,” said Rob Fox, chairman of James J. Fox, in an press release. “Provenance and trust are the big issues facing this market, and we are delighted our collaboration addresses these by harnessing our partnership’s combined market knowledge and resources with new technology and the power of social networks to establish a secure and easy way for cigar collectors to engage in the marketplace and with each other on a 24/7 basis.”

The site is an evolution of Friends of Habanos’ existing auction site,, which has auctioned over 1,000 boxes of aged, rare and vintage Cuban cigars among 20,000 registered Friends of Habanos members since its launch in May 2019 according to the press release. will go live on March 16th.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.