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Antique Lure Madness

Author: Gabby Talkington (www.AntiqueLures.com)
The next time you look at a fishing lure hanging from a rafter of your boathouse, over the fireplace, or tucked away in Grandpa’s tackle box, you better take a real good look. Why? Because lure collectors have driven the price of famous maker pre-1940 lures in unfished condition through the roof.

Even some of the 1940s to late 1960s plastic lures from the Heddon Company are now bringing in excess of $20 each. These in particular can still be found in tackle boxes stored in the garage or shed and may still even be used to fish with by the owner.

Antique lures are hot collecting items. It seems almost anyone who collects anything is looking for old fishing lures, and the hottest are those designed for Musky fishing. Some Musky lures by Shakespeare, Pflueger, or Heddon are bringing $3,000 and up depending on condition. Now, we are not talking about the lures with teeth marks all over the body and paint chipped off, but the one someone put on a shelf as a back-up or had put in a shadow box by his wife for his birthday. In the antique lure collecting world, condition is everything.

If the thought of getting thousands for an old fishing lure makes you happy, then hold on for what the boxes these lures came in are worth. An empty c. 1910 wood slide-top box for a five hook Musky minnow by Shakespeare will bring over $2,000 — some cases, way over. The price for a cardboard box for a Heddon three or five hook Musky 700 wood lure might curl your hair when someone tells you what it’s worth – $1,500!

Generally the most collectible lures were produced by the major companies such as Heddon, Creek Chub, Pflueger, Shakespeare, and South Bend. While these are always sought by collectors, old lures manufactured by one of the obscure lure companies in business less than a year in the early teens and twenties can also bring big cash to the lucky seller.

Other old fishing tackle is also spawning new collections. Reels, trout creels, fly rods, old fishing displays from hardware or sporting goods stores, and even the gizmo type gadgets of the 1940s and 50s are hot items.

Exactly what should you be looking for to cash in on this bonanza of foolishness? Take a look at the website www.antiquelures.com to get details about collecting or prices of various lures. With over 500 pages of printable information, it just might pay for a year or two at college for your child or that remodeling job you’ve been wanting.

Gabby Talkington


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