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Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Oct 24, 2015 1:00 PM GMT

Antique Fishing Tackle

The fish will soon be biting at Morphy Auctions? Pennsylvania gallery, with the announcement that the company has launched an Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits & Ephemera department. Heading the newest of Morphy?s specialty divisions is Joe Stagnitti, a well-known dealer and collector who has had a committed involvement in the fishing collectibles hobby for more than 25 years. Stagnitti will be representing Morphy?s at collector and club events around the country. Additionally, he will manage Morphy?s twice-yearly fishing tackle sales, the first of which is set for October 24-25 of this year. ?Joe is uniquely qualified and will do a fantastic job for us,? said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. ?He knows both sides of the business, starting as a collector of antique and vintage fishing material and later transitioning into the role of dealer. He worked hard over the years to build his base of knowledge ? reading old fishing magazines, studying early fishing tackle sales catalogs and speaking with ?old timers? and experts in the hobby. He has a photographic memory, which undoubtedly helped him to become the expert he is today.? Stagnitti recalls that his love of fishing was instilled at an early age. ?My father, who died when I was age seven, taught me two very valuable things ? to play baseball and fish. I?m past the age that I can play baseball, but I sure can fish,? he said. In 1989 Stagnitti started collecting old fishing lures and became a regular buyer at the barns, shops and showfields of Madison-Bouckville, a short distance from his home in Canastota, New York. ?To the dealers who were set up there year round, I became known as the ?kid? who collected fishing lures. I would pass through there a couple of times a week. If they came across any lures, they would hold them for me,? Stagnitti said. During his first four years as a collector, Stagnitti said he thought he was the only person interested in old lures. Then he moved to the Dall