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Jun 23, 2013 10:53:04 PDT
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A Genuine Unopened Pack of Russian “Балканская Звезда Классика” (Balkan Star Classic”) Cigarettes.

Fresh from Russia a Soft Pack of 20 Cigarettes. “Balkan Star Classic” is One of the Most Popular Brands in Russia.

NOTE: This offering is for ONE collectible package. It is NOT for a carton, NOT for a truckload. It is for ONE collectible package, as stated. If you’re looking for cheap cigarettes, you will NOT find them here, you will NOT find them on eBay.

Yes, as strange as it might seem to most Americans, Russia is famous for producing more than just vodka, caviar, and ICBM’s. Russia has been well-known for producing rich, full-flavor cigarettes for decades. Offered here is one pack of Russian-made “Balkan Star Classic” cigarettes. They’re offered for display purposes only as a collectible item, not as cigarettes for smoking. This is one of the most popular brands in Russia, particularly with the common Russian who cannot afford the much more costly mid-range (premium) brands which would include not only Russian brands but American brands such as Winston, Marlboro, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, and Chesterfield. If you’d like to learn more, you may visit their English-language web site here.  


- Bidders must be at least 18 years old.
- The package has not been opened, and the product within is not for consumption.
- The seller will ensure that the sale complies with all applicable laws and shipping regulations.
- The value of the item is in the collectible packaging, not in the tobacco itself.
- The collectible tobacco packaging is not available at any retail outlet.
- The value of the packaging is substantially greater than the current retail price of the tobacco product in the package.


Domestic shipping (insured first class mail) is included in the price shown.  Domestic shipping also includes USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site).  Canadian shipments are an extra $7.99 for Insured Air Mail; International shipments are an extra $7.99 for Air Mail (and generally are NOT tracked; trackable shipments are EXTRA).  ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per item so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment.  We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers.  



We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment.  Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA.  If you intend to pay via PayPal, please be aware that PayPal Protection Policies REQUIRE insured, trackable shipments, which is INCLUDED in our price.  International tracking is at additional cost.  We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation.  We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with.  If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy.  Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs).


We travel to Russia each year seeking antique gemstones and jewelry from one of the globe’s most prolific gemstone producing and cutting centers, the area between Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg, Russia.  From all corners of Siberia, as well as from India, Ceylon, Burma and Siam, gemstones have for centuries gone to Yekaterinburg where they have been cut and incorporated into the fabulous jewelry for which the Czars and the royal families of Europe were famous for. My wife grew up and received a university education in the Southern Urals of Russia, just a few hours away from the mountains of Siberia, where alexandrite, diamond, emerald, sapphire, chrysoberyl, topaz, demantoid garnet, and many other rare and precious gemstones are produced.  Though perhaps difficult to find in the USA, antique gemstones are commonly unmounted from old, broken settings – the gold reused – the gemstones recut and reset. 


Before these gorgeous antique gemstones are recut, we try to acquire the best of them in their original, antique, hand-finished state – most of them centuries old.  We believe that the work created by these long-gone master artisans is worth protecting and preserving rather than destroying this heritage of antique gemstones by recutting the original work out of existence.  That by preserving their work, in a sense, we are preserving their lives and the legacy they left for modern times.  Far better to appreciate their craft than to destroy it with modern cutting.  Not everyone agrees – fully 95% or more of the antique gemstones which come into these marketplaces are recut, and the heritage of the past lost.  But if you agree with us that the past is worth protecting, and that past lives and the produce of those lives still matters today, consider buying an antique, hand cut, natural gemstone rather than one of the mass-produced machine cut (often synthetic or “lab produced”) gemstones which dominate the market today.

  Our interest in the fabulous history of Russian gemstones and the fabulous jewelry of the Czar’s led to further education and contacts in India, Ceylon, and Siam, other ancient centers of gemstone production and finishing.  We have a number of “helpers” (family members, friends, and colleagues) in Russia and in India who act as eyes and ears for us year-round, and in reciprocity we donate a portion of our revenues to support educational institutions in Russia and India.  Occasionally while in Russia, India, Siam, and Ceylon we will also find such good buys on unique contemporary gemstones and jewelry that we will purchase a few pieces to offer to our customers here in America.  These are always offered clearly labeled as contemporary, and not antiques – just to avoid confusion.  We can set most any antique gemstone you purchase from us in your choice of styles and metals ranging from rings to pendants to earrings and bracelets; in sterling silver, 14kt solid gold, and 14kt gold fill.  When you purchase from us, you can count on quick shipping and careful, secure packaging.  We would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me.  There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover.  Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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