Originally Posted by Hardyreels
The vintage 1774 - 1984 rods are very desirable and the prices paid regularly attest to this fact. At auction, typically a mint 1980 Far & Fine will sell between 250 and 385 dollars.
I already have a Far and Fine (the very last iteration before the model was discontinued altogether), but I would pay $400 for a vintage 1774. Bookends, if you will. But its authenticity would have to be proven. Orvis didn't begin stamping dates on the butt caps until well after the Revolution.
Ben Franklin must never have visited Vermont, or he wouldn't have used a key.