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Fishing/Garcia ABU Model 3000 Fishing Reel


I have a Garcia ABU 3000 reel.  Says "Made in Sweden".
Foot plate stamped serial # is 030400. Outside material is brown color but I can't tell if it is plastic or bakelight. Right handed, drag is built into the handle like most ABU reels. Tension gear is on the left side.  Four screws on the left side, six screws on the right side. Great condition---works great.
Can you help on rarity, collectibility, value, etc.

Hi Roger,

I know the "Sweden" ones can be valuable.  There were a lot of different reels named the Abu 3000 from baitcasters to spinning reels and this will make a big difference.  That said, I am not the antique tackle collector expert on this site.  Please pass this on to Joe Douglas or Rich McGaughey on this site and they will know more.  If you can attach a photo that would be a big help for them.

Good luck,



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I can answer questions relating to all types of freshwater fishing, tackle, and tactics. I also can answer questions regarding rod building, lure making, and lure modification. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.


My expertise is in Bass, Pike, Musky and the Great Lakes species. I have a lot of experience in Wisconsin and Lake Michigan in particular. With regard to Rod building, I have built custom rods since 1978. I have been building and designing lures for 35 years. I currently sell several of my lures both locally and nation wide. I have done work for several lure companies such as Mepps, Storm, Cisco Kid, and Suick. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.

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