Collectible Rapala Fishing Lures
Collectible Rapala Fishing Lures are original fishing lures produced by the manufacturer Rapala.
Brief history and description
The origins of the Rapala fishing business dates back to 1905 in Finland when Lauri Rapala started to design fishing lures in order to earn some extra money. In 1936, Rapala invented a sort of fishing lure that would "wobble" underwater, and ultimately transformed the design of the modern-day fishing lure to what we know it as today.
Today, this fishing lure is known as the balsa wood minnow imitation lure (or the Original Floater) and still remains to be one of the most popular fishing lures on the market. (Rapala sells approximately 20 million lures each year)
Some of the many types of collectible Rapala lures include Skitter Pop, Dives-to-Series, Down Deep Husky Jerk, Magnum, Jointed Shad, Fat Rap, Jigging Rap, and many more.
Guide for collectors
Deep diving fishing lures (such as the Deep Tail Dancer, the X-Rap Magnum 30 or the Saltwater Silver) are considered to be the most rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Restoration of a collectible Rapala fishing lure is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a collectible Rapala fishing lure may reduce its value.
For more information regarding collectible Rapala fishing lures, visit Rapala's official website.
Sinking Wood Rapala lures
A Sinking Wood Rapala Lure (8.5 inches) is worth around $10
Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold a lot of over 100 vintage fishing lures of various manufacturers such as Heddon, Daredevil, Rapala and Spinners for $175 in March of 2006.
William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, New York sold a lot of various fishing lures including vintage Rapala lures, Saltwater Trailers, Bobbers and various other items (circa 1960s and 1970s) for $45 in November of 2003.
Desert West Auction Service in Mibres, New Mexico sold a lot of various fishing lures including a Rapala fishing lure, an Akron Ohio, a Heddon Crazy Crawler and many more for $35 in June of 2011.