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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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VINTAGE FISHING LURES
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
VINTAGE FISHING LURES
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Antique Fishing Lures & Line Dressing Tins
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Antique Fishing Lures & Line Dressing Tins
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$304 Bids
Two fishing tackle boxes full of accessories, f
Feb 25, 9:00 AM MST
Two fishing tackle boxes full of accessories, f
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Bob's Wood Lures Frog Fishing Lure
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Bob's Wood Lures Frog Fishing Lure
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$304 Bids
ANTIQUE FISHING MASTER MUSKEY LURE W ORIGINAL BOX
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE FISHING MASTER MUSKEY LURE W ORIGINAL BOX
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $350
$403 Bids
Heddon Dowagiac Minnow Fishing Lure Basser Spook
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Heddon Dowagiac Minnow Fishing Lure Basser Spook
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$103 Bids
lot of 12 rigged trolling lures, marlin, tuna, mahi
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
lot of 12 rigged trolling lures, marlin, tuna, mahi
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $50- $500
$252 Bids
deep sea fishing lot lures, king mackeral+
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
deep sea fishing lot lures, king mackeral+
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $300
$152 Bids
lot of 11 deep sea fishing tuna trolling lures & open water case
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
lot of 11 deep sea fishing tuna trolling lures & open water case
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $300
$152 Bids
lot of 6 deep sea fishing lures ahi 6" -6oz mint in box
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
lot of 6 deep sea fishing lures ahi 6" -6oz mint in box
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $300
$152 Bids
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Vintage Heddon Spook River-Runt Fishing Lure
Mar 17, 10:00 AM CDT
Vintage Heddon Spook River-Runt Fishing Lure
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$252 Bids
Heddon River Runt Perch Fishing Lure 9110L
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Heddon River Runt Perch Fishing Lure 9110L
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$102 Bids
Bomber Lures 607 Wood Fishing Lure in Box
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Bomber Lures 607 Wood Fishing Lure in Box
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$102 Bids
deep sea trolling fishing lures, sea birds, squid+
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
deep sea trolling fishing lures, sea birds, squid+
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $300
$101 Bid
deep sea fishing bait gulp, mullet, shade hooks, anchovy, line!
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
deep sea fishing bait gulp, mullet, shade hooks, anchovy, line!
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $150
$101 Bid
deep sea fishing lot, lures, hooks,leaders rapala
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
deep sea fishing lot, lures, hooks,leaders rapala
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $300
$101 Bid
Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Wood Fishing Lure
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Wood Fishing Lure
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Fishing Lure, Columbia Veluxe Needle
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fishing Lure, Columbia Veluxe Needle
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Two tackle boxes with fishing supplies lures,
Feb 25, 9:00 AM MST
Two tackle boxes with fishing supplies lures,
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Fish Lure by MK Scheel
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Fishing Lures


Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC

A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction