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Morphy launches Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle dept.

Morphy Auctions is expanding once again, with the establishment of an Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits & Ephemera department, headed by well-known collector and dealer, Joe Stagnitti.

DENVER, Pa. – The fish will soon be biting at Morphy Auctions’ Pennsylvania gallery, with the announcement that the company has launched an Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits & Ephemera department.

Heading the newest of Morphy’s specialty divisions is Joe Stagnitti, a well-known dealer and

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Joe Stagnitti

collector who has had a committed involvement in the fishing collectibles hobby for more than 25 years. Stagnitti will be representing Morphy’s at collector and club events around the country. Additionally, he will manage Morphy’s twice-yearly fishing tackle sales, the first of which is set for October 24-25 of this year.

“Joe is uniquely qualified and will do a fantastic job for us,” said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. “He knows both sides of the business, starting as a collector of antique and vintage fishing material and later transitioning into the role of dealer.”

Stagnitti says his goal now as a department head at Morphy’s is to “re-energize” the antique and vintage fishing tackle market, which cooled off for a period of time but is rebounding. “Any area of collecting is cyclical,” he explained, “but we’re on the upswing, now.”

Morphy’s is now accepting quality consignments of antique and vintage fishing tackle, baits and related advertising for its Oct. 24-25 auction. To discuss consigning, call Dan Morphy at 717-335-3435 or email Visit Morphy’s online at

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