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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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10 Older Lures and Lure Collecting Book
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
10 Older Lures and Lure Collecting Book
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Lot of Vintage Fishing Lures, Flies, Fishing Knife
Nov 06, 11:00 AM CDT
Lot of Vintage Fishing Lures, Flies, Fishing Knife
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Vintage Mr. Fish Advertising Fishing Lure Display Sign
Nov 14, 9:30 AM CST
Vintage Mr. Fish Advertising Fishing Lure Display Sign
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $60
$151 Bid
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid
Wood carved & painted swimming duckling fish lure
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Wood carved & painted swimming duckling fish lure
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
3 Hootenanna Lures and Ad
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
3 Hootenanna Lures and Ad
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
[2] VINTAGE JOHNSON'S SILVER MINNOW LURES
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
[2] VINTAGE JOHNSON'S SILVER MINNOW LURES
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $300
$130 Bids
MATERIEL DE PÊCHE EN MER
Nov 04, 2:30 PM CET
MATERIEL DE PÊCHE EN MER
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €10- €30
€100 Bids
A collection of assorted fishing lures and accessories.
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A collection of assorted fishing lures and accessories.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $70- $90
$400 Bids
A box of assorted vintage lures.
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A box of assorted vintage lures.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
A vintage fishing lure stand together with a collection of lures.
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A vintage fishing lure stand together with a collection of lures.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
A Bag of Fishing Weights and a Lure
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Bag of Fishing Weights and a Lure
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Signed David Perkins Lure
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Signed David Perkins Lure
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
Fish Lures
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Fish Lures
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
FISHING TACKLE BOX FULL OF LURES
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
FISHING TACKLE BOX FULL OF LURES
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
JOE MESSINGER FROG FISHING FLY
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
JOE MESSINGER FROG FISHING FLY
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
MISSOULA MONTANA BUNYAN BUG FISHING FLY MEANS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing Lures


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida