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Antique Reel Grading System
While it would be very easy to grade an old fishing reel by saying it is in good, average, nice, it works good, excellent, etc. (you get the idea) condition, it leaves far too many grey areas and usually a definate and uncomfortable difference in opinions between collectors. Antique Fishing Reel values are based on condition, both in appearence and mechanically, therefore this is a very important topic when describing the condition of a collectible fishing reel. A grading system was developed in the 90's that works well, and is now considered a standard as per guidelines established by O.R.C.A, The Old Reel Collectors Association. This grading system is outlined below.
Grade / Appearance
Mint / Original factory condition. Never used
Grade / Mechanical Condition