Interesting Lure Information:
Wooden lures, sometimes called plugs, are the mainstay of this
category. The first wooden lures in general use were made in the late 1800s,
the golden age of wooden lures was from about 1915 to the 1950s. For lure
collectors condition is very important. A "mint" lure, with no damage will
bring far more than the same plug in average or less condition. For some
lures certain colors of paint, or paint designs, are considered rarer than
others and will bring a premium price. Lures that have been repainted, or
that have lost most of their paint, have little or no value, unless they
happen to be very, very, rare. Many people collect lures made by one
company like Heddon; Creek Chub; Pflueger; South Bend; and Paw Paw,
which are all names of major lure manufacturers.
The box a lure came
in may be worth as much as the lure itself, in some cases more. Early
boxes, for some companies, were sliding top, box jointed, and wooden.
These boxes are rare, and bring a premium price. Most boxes were made
of cardboard, and many had beautiful graphics. Early metal spoons, and
spinners, have some value. Some can be very expensive, but so far they
have taken a back seat to the wooden plugs.