How much is it worth?

I get that question all the time.  As people find my website or learn I collect old fishing tackle the question is always there.  It usually involves Grandpa's old tackle box with some lures in it.  It's a tough question to answer.  The answer is usually not much, but that is not always the case.  Most old lures go for only $5 - $10 a piece because they are either not that old, too common, or in too rough of shape.  

There are many books out there to help collectors find the value.  Most do a great job telling you about the lure but values go up and down like the stock market.  My best answer is always "what somebody is willing to pay for it".  You can also check out Ebay and be sure if you do to check the completed items that sold.  You can ask whatever you want but did somebody actually pay that amount?

If you have some lures you would like me to help you with, please email me at .  Please be sure to include photos as it is almost impossible without them.  I can let you know my opinion on the value of the lures and can even make you an offer on them if you like.  Who knows maybe you have something very rare or the beginnings of a great start to a new hobby.

I currently do not charge for an appraisal or any opinion on price I give.  I only ask a couple of things in return.  They are the following:

  • Please provide as detailed as information as you can along with photos as again it is almost impossible to appraise your old lures, tackle and reels without this.
  • Please be patient with my reply as I do get a lot of requests for appraisals.  I don't mind reminder emails at all though.
  • If you are looking to sell, please give me an opportunity to purchase the items if I am interested.  It is only common courtesy.  Do not contact me if you cannot follow this rule.
  • If you find the service valuable and want to, I do accept donations for this service.  It is strictly voluntary, but appreciated.  You can donate by clicking on this button:  

Below are just some of the company names that are collected.  Keep in mind this could be lures, reels, rods, catalogs, boxes and other miscellaneous items.  

  • Creek Chub Bait Company
  • Heddon
  • South Bend
  • Shakespeare
  • Pflueger
  • Paw Paw
  • Arbogast
  • Bagley
  • Biff Bait Company
  • Bobbie Baits
  • Bite-Em Bates
  • Bomber
  • Burke
  • Burroughs
  • CC Roberts
  • Catch All
  • Cummings
  • Florida Fishing Tackle
  • Gil-O
  • Helin
  • Jensen
  • Johnson
  • Lazy Ike
  • L & S
  • Luhr-Jensen
  • Marathon
  • Martin
  • Mepps
  • Mills
  • Millsite
  • Oliver & Gruber
  • and many many more.