_"Al Foss (1868-1949) was one of the legendary tackle makers in all of fishing history. He was a pioneer in the use of "pork rind" (split pig skins) which was the granddaddy of all soft bait in the early days, and the lures he created were mostly intended to be used with these trailing and fluttering strips of pigskin. His company was one of the most prominent in the pre-World War II era, and sold lures by the millions. You have two classics on your hands; the Shimmy Wiggler (top, valued at $10-$20), and an Al Foss Frog (valued at $20-$30). One unique thing that Foss did was package his lures in metal boxes; the blue box is harder to find than the red or green, and thus worth more. Add $20-$30 more if either lure goes with the box. Al Foss was a champion tournament caster, fishing tackle pioneer, and early environmentalist, and made some legendary lures. To read a history of his earliest lure, click here."