Now what the web sites don't really tell you is that these were handcrafted, custom made reels that used the highest quality materials and were highly sought after by hardcore sport fisherman. Because they were made in such limited numbers, they are some of the most highly sought after reels in the world and can command some serious prices!
While doing my research, I found a site that listed this reel, a Model 300 Saguenay Fly/Salmon Reel, with a pre-auction estimate of $1,200-1,500. At this point, I got a little excited about the prospect (as my son would say) of making a little bank. That evening, I took photos and listed it on Ebay, starting at $249.99. By the next morning, it had a bid on it and had around 10 watchers (number people who bookmark the auction). That week was certainly an exciting one as the bids came in and the reel steadily climbed higher and higher. Interestingly enough, all the bids came from foreign buyers....Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and England. By the end of the auction the number of watchers reached 80 and the reel had reached 4 figures! Now I'm not sure if I should tell what it sold for, as I think that some people have more money than sense, but let's say the auction estimate was a little low! The buyer, located in Sweden, was incredibly happy when he got the reel and described it as absolutely stunning!
The long and short of this story.....Otto Zwarg is one of the reasons I love Estate Sales!