The Heddon-Dowagiac company, known for its innovative and highly collectible fishing lures, released the Heddon Bassers, a notable model, in wood. This particular line of lures, which debuted as Model 8500 in 1924-25, quickly became a coveted item among collectors, especially the variants produced for a brief period of 2 years that featured the distinctive “Head-On Basser” inscription on their diving plates. These models are highly sought after in the collectors’ market.

Heddon Basser

Heddon Basser

The appeal of these lures is enhanced by their meticulous design, such as the scale pattern found on the “downward leaping box” variants from 1924 to 1926, which are 4 inches long and come with glass eyes and an L-rig hardware configuration. The rainbow variant stands out as well, notable for its rare “smallĀ  seat hardware.” Although this version does not belong to the 1924-26 series, it retains the glass eyes feature, marking it as a slightly later but still highly prized collectible.

Heddon Bassers are considered classic pieces in the world of fishing lure collectibles. Their value varies based on condition, rarity, and whether they come with original packaging. Early boxed versions of these lures can fetch upwards of $300, while those without the original box, yet in excellent condition, are valued at around $150. Models that do not feature the “Head-On” inscription on the lip, but are still in excellent shape, can easily command prices between $125 and $190. Moreover, the painted eye versions and the “Original Wood Bassers” that were introduced in the mid-1960s also hold significant value, with most models ranging from $75 to $100, showcasing the enduring legacy and desirability of Heddon-Dowagiac lures among enthusiasts and collectors alike.