Q: I want to learn more about fishing-related collectibles, including lures, rods, reels, fish decoys used for ice fishing and other such items made for the sport or that advertise such items. I have some old lures and tackle but have no idea of their worth. Who can tell me?
A: Write to dealer Dan Basore, enclosing a photo or description of the fishing-related items you wish to sell or have appraised, at Historical Fishing Display, 3S375 Herrick Road, Warrenville, Ill. 60555; phone (708) 393-3474.
Also write to Oliver's Auction Gallery, Plaza One, U.S. 1, Kennebunk, Me. 04043, enclosing $25 for a postpaid copy of its 1991 Fourth Annual High Roller's Fishing Collectibles auction catalog (coming Feb. 22), from which one may bid by mail or phone. It includes a prices-realized list sent after the sale. The number of Oliver's fishing department is (800) 992-0047.
There also is a National Fishing Lure Collectors Club that offers an annual membership and quarterly gazette for $25 (or $250 for a lifetime membership) from Richard Treml, Box 1791, Dearborn, Mich. 48121.
Those who adore ice fishing decoys belong to the American Fish Decoy Association, which offers an annual membership and quarterly newsletter for $25 from John Shoffner, 624 Merritt St., Fife Lake, Mich. 49633.
Q: How can I find out the value of and where can I sell an old Bull Durham tobacco sign?
A: Send a photo or description of the sign stating its size, condition, wording and the material it's made of to collector Dave Hirsch, 205 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60606; phone (312) 329-1500.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.
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