Collector Bookstore is a retailer of new books located in Leavenworth, Kansas. We specialize in price guides and reference books for the antiques and collectibles industry.
Karl White's three volume series has consistently remained one our most popular resources in this field. Taken together, they represent one of the most broad and comprehensive approaches to this highly collectible (and profitable) collecting hobby.
I heartily recommend Karl's 3 book set as a worthy addition to any collector or dealer's reference library.
-- John Kincaid, Collector Bookstore
The purpose of this book is to identify and evaluate reels and metal lures dated up to 1970.
Good reels usually have identification on them. Prices can fluctuate up to 50%, according to the demand of antique tackle. One thing to remember is that the better items keep getting more valuable and the common items stay about the same.
Reel and lure sets (items of one company's production) and sets of all the individual reels produced of one type, should be at least 25% more valuable. The values in this book are rated as to excellent condition, although the items pictured might not be.
Rarity, demand, condition and age determine value. Keep in mind that the higher the number of items found and in circulation, the lower the value is.
A true collector obtains tackle for love of the hobby and not for the investment. The only common denominator that everyone understands is putting a dollar value on it. Good finds of antique fishing tackle are hard to come by and more people are collecting the 1940's, and later.
In this book the lures are indexed alphabetically by manufacturer and by common name. The reels are indexed by manufacturer only.
There are three indexes:
- Lure by Manufacturer
- Lure by Common Name
- Reels by Manufacturer
The pictures in this book were done to give the best view of the item to help with identification. The sizes of the actual lures and reels are not relative to the picture size. All pictures were done by digital camera and are computer enhanced. Enlarged pictures may be obtained for a nominal fee.
Best of luck and good hunting, Karl T White
-- From Introduction of Contents, page 4