Daddy still loves Padrón!
Whenever I need a "pick me up" I read this thread. Such a beautiful sight.
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Who What Why:
1964 Anniversary Series™ was introduced in 1994 to commemorate the company's 30th anniversary.
1926 Series™ was introduced in 2002 to commemorate Jose O. Padrón's 75th birhday.
1926 Series™ 40th Anniversary was introduced in 2004 to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary.
Millennium 1964 Series™ was introduced in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. </span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Padrón Band Questions</span>
<span style='color:blue'><span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>"Here's my understanding; Padrón originally had bands that said: 'Padrón 1964 Aniversario'. These came out in 1994 to celebrate Padrón's 30th anniversary as a cigar company.
They added José Padrón's signature to the back of the band in 1999, and were printing both "Anniversary" and "Anniversario" bands overlapping this time period.
The second band with a serial number on it was introduced in February of 2001.
So if you have a Padrón that has no second band, it is either pre-Feb 01, or it is fake. If there is no signature on the back, it is either pre-1999, or it is fake.
All of these various measures were taken because Padrón cigars had become so popular and sought-after that counterfeits were rampant." - Andrew 'Moki' Welch </span></span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Here are some known fakes:</span>
The Genuine Article ( Left ).......................................................Counterfeit of Unknown Origin ( Right )
This counterfeit band is the right length and is properly cut. At a glance it seems real, but it's not. The coloring is inaccurate. The wings are a light orange-yellow instead of off-white, and the gold tone that should possess a slight luster looks yellow. On the centerpiece, this fake has a slightly lighter maroon tone than the darker, genuine article, and the scripted "Padrón" is hazy. On the back of the band (not shown), the diagonal "Jose O. Padrón" signatures are not crisp. <span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>Cigar Aficionado</span>
The Genuine Article ( Left ).......................................................Counterfeit Purchased in Nicaragua (Right)
This counterfeit is quite similar to the real band with regards to the printed words, especially the scripted "Padrón" in the center. Yet this counterfeit lacks the glitter of the gold coloring found in the genuine article. Also, the fine grayish lines that run horizontally from the centerpiece are blue and poorly printed, almost like they were printed from an old dot matrix printer. The brownish hue in the center is slightly more maroon than the darker shade of brown in the genuine band. On the back of the band -- not seen here -- the diagonal signatures of José O. Padrón match the erroneous maroon shade of the counterfeit centerpiece -- the signatures should be brown. <span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>Cigar Aficionado</span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Interesting Padrón Links:
Cigar Aficionado's Interview with Jorge Padrón
CigarNexus' Interview with Jose Padrón Sr./ Part 1
CigarNexus' Interview with Jose Padrón Sr. / Part 2</span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Cigar Aficionado: An Interview With Jose Orlando Padrón, Chairman, Padrón Cigars Inc.</span>
Beetle Infested Padróns
Michal said:Is there any information about PAM's bands numbers? I mean is there possibility to check when the cigar was made? If not than what does this number means?