Here's my proposed puts and takes, this way they'll be approved and once the box shows up I can swap cigars and get it right back on the road.
Take: #9 CX2 Put: #45 CAO 65th Tonton
Take: #15 DPG Blue Put: #46 RP Old World Reserve
Take: #29 Padilla Achilles Put: #47 Avo LE08
Take: #31 Padron 2000 Put: #48 RP Edge
Take: #36 RP 1992 Put: #49 Fuente Hemingway Best Seller Nat.
OK, let's see. First off, I used Cigars International on many of these, since they have a very large selection of cigars in this price range, so I'm able to find the put and the take I'm considering here, therefor there's no discrepancy between different retailer's pricing. Otherwise often I'll use Holt's or Famous. I use the reference threads on CP for all things Padron, Fuente and Tatuaje. And finally there's a little experience thrown on top for good measure. Also, I tend to devalue the stated msrp's on a handful of brands because they are inflated and it is widely known they are available at a deep discount. Two prime examples are Rocky Patel and Gurkha.
The first put and take were very closely matched, unfortunately in between two nights ago and today the CX2 has disappeared from CI's inventory! It's at Holts for about $$6.50. I recall it was available for about $6ish at CI, and the Tonton is available there for $68 per 10-pack. I also like the idea of replacing a CAO with another, different CAO.
The DPG Blue at CI is about $7.50ish. The Old World Reserve is a little over $10 at CI, however I know I paid much less than that. But rules are rules, and what I paid is irrelevant, and goes both ways. If I overpaid I shouldn't expect someone else to suffer as a result, however if I got a screaming deal it doesn't mean that cigar is not worth the avg. retail price. But in this case, again with most RP, I feel that cigar is widely available at discount. Put it this way for example: A WOAM msrp is $7.50ish, but a little hard to find. Strictly by the books an Old World Reserve should be an OK put for the WOAM since it's msrp is higher even though it's easier to find, but seriously folks! I feel the community as a whole doesn't hold those two cigars even close to in the same league. (ps - Holts has the OWR for $9.25 each, Serious has them for $8.50 each)
The Padilla Achilles I figured was about a $7-$8 cigar, whereas the LE08 was/is widely available right now for about $9-$10 a piece. Perhaps a little higher end than the pass is intended for however I don't think it's necessarily a super-premium that shouldn't be available to other passers if they want to replace it with a similarly priced cigar.
The Padron 2000 has an msrp of $3.50 ish, whereas the RP Edge maduro I am going to put for it is readily available for about $4.00, I think that's quite clear. A $0.50 swing up in price is well within the confines of this pass.
Finally the RP 1992 for the Best Seller. CI has had the 1992's in stock for 5/$25 for years now. I think that's a pretty fair representation of their true market value. The Best Seller has an msrp of $5.50, and that's about what it's available for anywhere I ever look.
I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any other questions!