Quoted from newbieinKC:
Not a pic, but a question. What should I do with the R+J Churchill tubos I bought when my boy was born? They are probably a bit dry, although they have been in a cheap humidor with less than perfect maintenance. He turns 18 soon, and it would be more of a symbolic gesture than anything else. Give it 4 months out of the tube and in a proper humidor and hope for the best? Mid February is the target date. The kid has had less than a coin flip of a chance to survive cancer each of three times (starting at age 5) and he is one of the best human beings on the planet. He would be polite if the cigar was total garbage, but I feel I owe it to him to have a backup if I am probably hosed.
My father bought me the Macanudo vintage of the year I was born around the age of 18 or 19 as well. In my mid 20's I found someone in California who wanted $120 for a 5 pack and I said forget it.
Anyway, sorry to hear about your son, but getting down to business on the above...
You've probably heard of the 70 70 rule of temperature and humidity. To be on the safe side you could probably get away with lower numbers. When I used to keep around $1,000 worth of cigars on hand I always used an igloo cooler AKA igloodor and that worked great. There is less of a need to keep "feeding" it water since there is no place for the water to go. I'd let it breathe a little every few weeks and kept an eye on the values and things always stayed delicious. Stay away from tap. Distilled the best but I use filtered water from the fridge because I don't care enough.
As long as your wrappers aren't peeling you can completely recover from this in an appropriate environment such as the above. But yes, pop those things out of the tube for now and set them aside to let them rejuvenate. Maybe for practice store these important ones alongside some others you don't care about and light them up to see how they compare after being in the environment.
In theory you could start this process at the end of the year and probably be alright. My friend doesn't have a humi and likes to smoke with me. After a month his box of cigars start to dry out and lose flavor FAST. I'll bring them over to my house and give them some hydration in my igloodor and within a couple weeks they're good as new.
Good luck. Also, I've heard many odd stories about cancer in a good way. Nothing would surprise me if all of a sudden your son takes a turn for the better. I've lost family too that way but best you can do is keep a good thought. I always try to.