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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This is another of my grandfathers old fishing lures that has since become mine. I've never used it but I'm certain it's seen its share of Oklahoma and Texas lakes. I'm curious about its age and rarity.. I just wish I had the box for this one. Thanks for everyones help!

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    1. Kevin Fiedler, 8 years ago
      Your lure was manufactured by the Fred Arbogast company of Akron Ohio somewhere in the 1960's. It's the 3/8oz version, and the color is "Frog". It is one of the standard colors produced for the lifetime of the bait. Fred Arbogast began producing the first Jitterbugs in 1938 out of wood (yours is plastic), and they are currently produced under the Arbogast name (but produced by Pradco, visit them online at

      It's definitely one of the best top-water baits ever produced. Collector value is minimal. $5-10. Rare colors can fetch from anywhere to $100-$1000.

      Hope this helps!
    2. spitnimage, 8 years ago
      I have a lure similar to the one pictured this is a nice lure, I will post some pics of the one I have.
    3. RALPH LEE, 8 years ago
    4. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 8 years ago
      @RALPH LEE,::::::::::::::join the fun ! post a picture and some info so we can all see your prize and maybe someone here can give you some real advise........
    5. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 8 years ago
      thank you Pop, Ralph, spitnimage, and Kevin for all the nice comments and the good info. And thank you for the love officialfuel, spitnimage, and van!
    6. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 8 years ago
      Thank you scandinavian_pieces!!
    7. AntiqueRadioZenith4, 8 years ago
      wow i found one of the wooden ones on a pier by the ocean and it looks like it came right out of the box! This one's beautiful too, great colors!
    8. Handyman75, 3 months ago
      I have some vintage jitterbug lures still in box never used do you how much they are worth to a collector
    9. Handyman75, 3 months ago
      How do I send pictures?
    10. keramikos keramikos, 3 months ago
      Handyman75, Hi.

      I see that you are a new user (no posts of your own, and your only comments are on this one old eight-year-old post belonging to somebody else).

      The way to 'send' pictures would be to create posts of your own.

      However, Collectors Weekly Show & Tell is not a forum for selling, buying, or valuation; it's merely to show things, and/or to get information (other than value or sales).

      Another company under the Barnebys parental umbrella does valuation (for a fee):

      You'd be better off just looking at what prices Arbogast fishing lures fetch on venues such as ebay, etc.
    11. keramikos keramikos, 3 months ago
      Eh, while I'm here, the 1940 patent for Fred Arbogast's "artificial fishing bait":
    12. keramikos keramikos, 3 months ago
      Whoops, the other two:

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