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|Vintage Bomber Lures are a type of collectible fishing lure produced by the Bomber Bait Company.
Brief history and description
The Bomber Bait Company was started by C.S Turbeville and Ike Walker in 1946. At first operating on a shoe-string budget from their garage, the industrious duo invented the ‘Bomber lure’, an invaluable fishing tool which was highly durable and incredibly resistant to the wear and tear related to fishing.
The earliest models were constructed using both wood and metal, though the company later began to experiment with a variety of different materials, including plastic.
Bomber lures are highly regarded not only for their durability but for their high success rate as an essential piece of kit in any fishing kit.
Guide for collectors
Bomber lures are frequently available at online auctioneers such as eBay, where they often have low start-prices. As with all online auctions, collectors should be careful to ensure the authenticity and correct working order of an item before bidding or purchasing so as to avoid complications and disappointment.
Amongst the higher prices paid at auction for a set of Bomber lures is $100, for a large set comprising a wide variety of the company’s lures dated from 1949. The set auctioned on 3rd November 2006 from Lang’s Auction.
In general the lures fetch from between $50-100 for several, with prices rising in accordance with the condition of the lures and higher prices being obtained for lures which come complete with the original boxes.
Older, wooden models are also generally the most popular amongst collectors given their added vintage feel and value.
Amongst the lower prices paid for a single Bomber lure is $8, for a lure which auctioned from Freeman Auctions on 25th March 2006.
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