How many times have you thrown away old shotgun shell boxes that were old and damaged? Well, brace yourself, that old box may have been valuable and you could have sold it at the 9th annual Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Show this weekend.

One man’s  junk is another’s treasure.

How many times have you thrown away old shotgun shell boxes that were old and damaged? Well, brace yourself, that old box may have been valuable and you could have sold it at the 9th annual Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Show this weekend.

The value of collectibles is caused by throwaways like the old shotgun shell box. But this type of show is good for making people check their attic or cellar.

All collectors will tell you that many extremely valuable items are tucked away somewhere. These are often rare items that the right collector might spend a lot of money to own. Chances are this is an item that the collector has spent hours searching for.

Collectors have many reasons for searching out American-made lures, shotgun shell boxes, decoys or other items. Some consider each piece folk art. Some just love the colors, carvings and craftsmanship.

Generally, several coats of paint were applied on antique lure surfaces that still look beautiful today. Some seek the lures for their artistic beauty. Others are simply drawn by history. All realize early that antique lures or other outdoor equipment were generally made by hand with a great deal of skill. Lure collectors consider vintage lures to be something special.

“The trick is finding hard-to-get pieces,” said Jack Looney, a veteran antique lure collector. “This is especially true for unknown lures. A lure that has been sought after for many years could be stashed away in my own neighborhood. I could find something rare on any given day. As a collector I can write a piece of history. The entire story of lure collecting is not yet written; there are lures yet to be discovered.”

I personally love this show for two reasons – to discover the value of outdoor equipment that I purchased in my youth and to actually see equipment that has not been around for many years. This is a good show for youth who love hunting and fishing too. They would be amazed at some of the equipment we once used.

Attendees are welcome to carry in any sporting collectibles to buy, sell or trade. The show is a great place to see items up close before adding them to your collection or for home décor ideas.

This year’s show will feature 200 tables loaded with items to buy, sell or trade. This includes items like duck decoys, fishing lures, game calls, traps, reels, antique equipment for different sports, advertising, artwork, books, memorabilia and other items.

Collectibles Show info

Information on the 9th Annual Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show:

SHOW TIMES:

• Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

WHERE:

• KCI Expo Center, Kansas City, 11730 N. Ambassador (3 miles from the KCI Airport).

VISITING AUTHORS/EXPERTS:

• SoldUSA.com: Premier Auction House accepting consignments.

• Ken Trayer: Author, North American Factory Decoys.

• Bill Dodge: Author. Detroit Decoy Dynasty.

• Don Brown: Wildlife artist, American Decoy Maker.

• Ken Haggard: Custom Handcrafted Creels.

• Doug Lodermeier: Author, Minnesota Duck Decoys.

• Gary Muckel: Author, Early Shotgun Concentrators & Spreaders

• Hal Boggess: Author, Classic Hunting Collectibles

OTHER INFORMATION:

• Visit www.HuntFishShow.com) for maps to the KCI Expo center, hotel information, show features and dealer forms.

• Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.

• For more information, call Peter Marsh at 913-768-6222.