You never know what you’ll find at a garage sale. Andy Telepak stopped at one on his lunch break not long ago and picked up the old Shakespeare Sportcast reel in the photo below for $2. Then Andy entered it our ongoing vintage tackle contest. Did his two-dollar investment pay off? Let’s find out.



According to vintage tackle expert Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, this Sportcast model was pretty revolutionary at the time. Dr. Todd says:



within.cmd%3Fform_state%3Ddefault_state%26searchWithin%3Dtrue%26N%3D0%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3D50th%26search%3D50th%26nttWithin%3Dknife%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=50th&WTz_l=Unknown)__”The William Shakespeare Co. late of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been for over a century a premier manufacturer of fishing reels for the American public. From the founding of the firm in the late nineteenth century, William Shakespeare strove to craft modestly priced, high quality fishing reels. What you have–the Shakespeare Sportcast 1973 FK–is just such a reel. Manufactured in 1952, it’s low profile sideplates were cutting edge for the time and designed to compete with a host of new post-war casting reels like Ranger. It’s a decent casting tool (some modified Direct-Drive Sportcasts are stilling being used by tournament casters today), but yours would command $10-$20 on the collector’s market. It was a popular reel for a popular price. To see other views of this reel, click here.”_ _

Great find, Andy. I’d clean it up, spool it, and see if that old reel can still whip a fish or two. If you get any for the table, you can put the new Cabelas’ 50th Anniversary Fillet Knife headed your way to work.

If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a limited edition Cabelas’ 50th Anniversary Fillet Knife made by Buck Knives (left, $80).