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Black versus Red/Maroon Penn Reel Side Plates

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Is there any difference in the desirability of black vs the red or maroon penn reels such as Squidder, 9, 209, etc. Just curious if the older black models were built any better, or had greater value. Thanks.

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Not really. The Squidder, for example, started off black, then went to maroon, then a brighter red, and finally, back to black. Black plates don't necessarily mean an older reel.

 

There are some minor differences, internally, between the original black Squidders and later models--but nothing that really affects the value. A Squidder is a Squidder, regardless of when it was made.

 

Later models with the HT-100 drag washers and chromed metal ones are actually better than originals with leather washers and raw brass metal ones. Most originals were upgraded to HT-100s and chrome along the way.

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As Ditch correctly points out, the newer ones are better for fishing. But to a collector age is all. Production quantities also enter into the mix. Take for instance the 145, a mint example can easily bring tripple that of a 140.

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