ChickenFreckle

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  1. Hello 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!
  2. Thanks for all the info! I appreciate it. I think I’m gonna hold onto it for now based off what other users assume the value is.
  3. Yea if we are talking $400-500 I’ll probably just keep this thing in my collection of other reels. Like I said I had completely forgot I even had it and thought “well let me make sure it’s legit and if so maybe make a little money off of it.”. At $500 it’s not even worth selling on eBay with all their fees and what not. Maybe I’ll list it one day but we will see.
  4. So here are some photos. I’m confident now that I have an original VS. Thanks for all the information fellas, it was much appreciated. From the eBay listings and sells that I have looked at it seems like the reel has a worth anywhere from $500-850, maybe with the condition I could get closer to $900. I have some big boy purchases coming up so I’ll think about whether or not I want to list it on eBay, but overall it’s a decent find for something I had COMPLETELY forgot I purchased.
  5. So here are some photos. I’m confident now that I have an original VS. Thanks for all the information fellas, it was much appreciated. From the eBay listings and sells that I have looked at it seems like the reel has a worth anywhere from $500-850, maybe with the condition I could get closer to $900. I have some big boy purchases coming up so I’ll think about whether or not I want to list it on eBay, but overall it’s a decent find for something I had COMPLETELY forgot I purchased.
  6. Mine looks identical to this one. Same style stamping for the model and serial numbers. I was worried when I saw the other gentleman's photo that had a logo by the serial number.
  7. I will post a few photos here in about three hours once I get home and settled.
  8. I will take a few photos and post them here tomorrow. Thanks.
  9. Thank you yet again. I'm slowly piecing together information from here, from VS, and from Google. I believe I have an authentic VS from that era. I appreciate the help.
  10. Thank you! I'm fairly certain now that I have an original. Any idea of when these serial numbers were made? Early 90's from what i read on your post...?
  11. 21 year old post but somehow I hadn't found this until after I joined today and made a post about looking for information on one that I have. Mine, if real, is in almost mint condition and has stamping # 328 on it. Does anyone on here have photos of theirs that I can use to compare to mine to verify if it is real or not?