I'm new here but have occasionally glanced at this forum over the last probably...decade. Anyways, I'm a Floridian fisherman who relocated to the Arizona desert about three years ago. Unfortunately I don't get to do much fishing here so most of my gear has been in storage for that entire time. Over the weekend I got the opportunity to go through some of it and came across an interesting purchase that I had completely forgot I had made; mainly because of the circumstances and skepticism around the purchase at the time. Long story short - I came across what appeared to be a vintage original VS-300 serial number #328 on eBay years ago. It was priced fairly cheap even for what a brand new VS-300 was going for at the time. So I jumped on it thinking the worst that could happen is that it'd be a fake and HOPEFULLY a decent reel for the money I agreed to pay. I received it and got what looked to be to me an authentic, almost mint condition, never used CLUNKY Van Staal VS-300, black in color, serial stamping 328. It got put into some boxes to be stored shortly after that due to life circumstances and has been in a box ever since.
Problem: I can't find any information about this reel other that the tech on Van Staal's customer care line telling me that the serial number is real. I know nothing about the early Van Staal reels. Where were they made, what year is this serial number, what are they made out of, and most importantly what is it worth? The only information I have is an old, archived eBay ad from before I purchased mine for around $1400 and saying its "one-of-a-kind"! Any information I can get from this community is greatly appreciated and if anyone knows of a collector that could give me an appraisal I would like that as well! Thanks in advance!