gasninja wrote:Orange in orange and I am fairly certain the orange in orange can be had for less than 300 dollars
The 1996 orange-in-orange I got recently from a source in Taiwan (which was probably about $250 a couple years back) was above $300 this year, and that's not a particularly dry-stored one. This source generally has things at a fair price (not bargain basement, but quite reasonable). I think it's good tea, and bought it because I regretted not buying it after trying the sample several times. But I do think you pay a bit of a premium that's based on the tea's name and not its taste.
I think sampletea sells theirs (much drier stored) for ~ $250-280, but I can't speak to its authenticity. But either way, I think it's possible to get for < $300, especially if you're buying larger quantities.
I got some Yuanyexiang (thin paper) for closer to $90/piece in 2010. Time will tell how effective Cloud's hype machine is.
However, there are plenty of less famous 90s teas that can still be had for < $300.