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Fishing Lures

Collecting fishing lures is a lot like fishing itself: you never know what you might come across. It’s this intrigue that has sparked one of the largest followings among all fishing collectibles. You could almost say that lures are the baseball cards of the fishing world.

Although fishing hooks of bone and bronze were used by the Chinese and Egyptians more than 2,000 years ago, fishing lures weren’t manufactured widely until the 20th century. Julio T. Buel is considered the founding father of early U.S. lures, earning five patents for his spoons and spinners in the late 1800s. James Heddon produced the first commercially-made lures, starting the first U.S. lure company from his kitchen in 1902. Soon after, Shakespeare, Pflueger, South Bend, and Creek Chub joined the market as commercial lure makers, among many others. By the '60s and '70s, mass-produced plastic lures began to dominate the tackle industry, and the era of great demand for fine-crafted fishing lures drew to a close.

Lure collecting has been popular since the '60s, and values of particular lures are largely determined by scarcity, condition, and demand. Pieces produced in limited quantities tend to accrue value, as well as pieces still in their original box or case. Some lure collectors choose to collect by manufacturer, region, or geography, however, some base acquisitions on what aesthetically appeals to them.


Quick Facts

  • Bassmaster maintains a list of the "35 Most Valuable Antique Lures"
  • The most valuable lure in the world is considered to be the one-of-a-kind 1853 Giant Haskell Minnow. It sold at auction for a world-record price of $101,200
  • Only eight Heddon frog lures are known to exist. James Heddon hand carved these pieces in 1897

Recommended Items at Auction

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Lures by Hofman Lakeview OH Fishing INDIAN LAKE w Original Box
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Lures by Hofman Lakeview OH Fishing INDIAN LAKE w Original Box
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$226 Bids
MIsc. Fishing Items
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
MIsc. Fishing Items
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$123 Bids
Fishing Lure Lot
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Fishing Lure Lot
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
(3) Handmade Husky Cisco Kid Lures
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) Handmade Husky Cisco Kid Lures
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
VINTAGE TACKLE BOX, REELS, LURES AND MORE
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
VINTAGE TACKLE BOX, REELS, LURES AND MORE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
FISHING LURES, ALPHA STEEL STAMPS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
FISHING LURES, ALPHA STEEL STAMPS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
[2] VINTAGE JOHNSON'S SILVER MINNOW LURES
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
[2] VINTAGE JOHNSON'S SILVER MINNOW LURES
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $300
$130 Bids
A Signed David Perkins Lure
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Signed David Perkins Lure
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
Lot of 7 Handpainted Lures
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 7 Handpainted Lures
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
Lot of 7 Handpainted Lures
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 7 Handpainted Lures
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Bag of Fishing Weights and a Lure
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Bag of Fishing Weights and a Lure
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Fish Lures
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Fish Lures
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing Lures


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Roseberys

Roseberys

Dennis Auction Service

Dennis Auction Service