Are you into scratch-off lottery tickets? I am, though I’ve never won more than $25. If you jot down the names of the five lures written up in this blog post by Tom Beherns on Cedarcreeklake.com and keep it in your back pocket, hopefully you can scratch a few off (for the right price, that is). Finding any of them would be just like hitting the lottery. Beherns compiled this list of “the five most expensive antique lures in existence” based on those that have sold at Lang’s Auction in Waterville, NY, which specializes in rare and vintage tackle. One of the five lures was a one-of-a-kind, but as far as the others, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that you’ll bump into one at a garage sale, swap meet, flea market, or antique store. Take the Giant Haskell Minnow pictured below. It sold for $101,200.
Per Beherns’ story: The 1853 copper Giant Haskell Minnow is likely the most expensive production lure ever sold. When bidding ended in 2003 at a whopping $101,200, this lure became the highest-priced fishing-related collectible sold at auction. While there have been reports of other Giant Haskell Minnows in the hands of private collectors, so far this is the only one to have surfaced. Produced by gunsmith Riley Haskell in 1859, the lure was one of the first that actually resembled a fish. Its revolving tail also made it the first animated lure to be sold in America. While there are a number of smaller Haskell lures, the exclusivity of this 10-inch minnow makes it worth more than its weight in gold.
If you want the full scoop on why each of the five is worth so much money, check out the article. But I’ll give you the selling prices of the rest.
Heddon Dowagiac Expert – $17,600
Shakespeare Muskellunge Minnow – $23,100
Chautaugua Minnow – $37,400
Unidentified First American Wooden Minnow – $42,560