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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:04 pm • #  
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Hello Mates,

I thought I'd start a thread on all of the reference material / publications out there to inform all of the Mates on what is available to better inform or educate themselves. Admittedly there is a wealth of information on the interweb but I'm a book guy and maybe some of you are too - I also like to hold it in my hand and not have to do a massive search, punching buttons to find information again - maybe (probably) I'm just "old school" :sHa_biggrin: .
Please keep in mind that no publication is perfect - it's the best information that the Author had at the time based on their best efforts and as more information becomes available through other's research and more information/facts evolve, some of the information may not be current to date. The Authors, I'm sure put forth their best effort to educate and inform us all - for that timeframe.

So to start. Probably one of the most important and informative books ever written about the Mitchell reel and it's history.
The Mitchell Classic 300 Spinning Reel, written by our own Wallace Carney and published in 2010.
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I have two copies of this book; One is my collection hard cover copy and the other is a soft cover "working" edition. I refer to this publication regularly, not only for Mitchell 300 information but much of what Wallace has written applies to other Mitchells as well.
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This book is out of publication but can still be found - it won't be inexpensive but for any enthusiast/collector, I think this is a "must have" - IMHO. There is a wealth of information here.


Mates, please contribute your reference material/publications. I've got a bunch more which I'll post but there are many publications out there that many of us may not know about.

Best,
Chris


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Hi Mates,

This is another "must have" collector/enthusiast publication, Written by the late Dennis Roberts...He authored several Collector Guides, but I think this is his most comprehensive work. Mitchell Collector's Value Guide 1937- 2000, written by Dennis Roberts and published in 2006.
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Again, out of publication but can be found occasionally and well worth the price. It lists most all of the Mitchells and their various versions. The price ranges are dated but still a great reference. I have used this book extensively.
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Just a wealth of information in this book!

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Chris


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Hi Mates,
I've been out of town on business and haven't been able to add to the thread so here's a couple more.


This is the "First" Edition by the late Dennis Roberts. I "" First because he actually published an earlier collector's reference. They are exceptionally rare as he printed only a very few - low double digits :sFun_shocked: . I know of only one person who has a copy and I have never actually seen one.

Anyway, the Mitchell Collector's Reference Guide, written and published by Dennis Roberts in 2000 is an excellent reference. There are a few mistakes in this book but we must remember how much has been discovered and documented in the last 20 years - a great piece of work regardless. They are not an easy find but do show up from time to time - an excellent addition to any Mitchell library.
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Most of the Mitchell models/versions/variations are covered up to 2000. There are photos, specifications and notes on each reel.
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Another great Mitchell reference.

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Chris


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Chris,
Thanks for adding this string. It is an invaluable addition to the Museum, plus we'll know who to ask questions to. ;) ;)

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Thanks Ted :sFun_rofl: . Always happy to answer any questions that I can and research those I can't.

Here's another that I consider a "Must Have" reference. A wealth of information and also applies across many of the Mitchell models. Also contains a very informative reel dating guide for the mid size "egg" body Mitchells - 300, 330, 400, 440 etc.

This is the Mitchell 300 Boxes, Identification & Dating Reference 1946 - 2008 by Mike DiMattio. Published in 2008. This is also quite hard to find but seen occasionally and I highly recommend adding to your reference library. It's one of my "Go To" books.
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All of the Mitchell 300 boxes are described to include a discussion when significant changes were made. Very well written and informative with photo examples.
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Chris


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Hi Mates,
A couple more references for the collector/enthusiast.

This is one of the earlier books about Mitchell reels and remains an excellent reference. Although a small paperback (28 pages) and a supplement, there is a lot of interesting information.
Mitchell Birth of a Legend, A Collector's Guide by Barry Frewing and published in the UK in 1996.
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This book contains a history of Mitchell, production numbers, patent information and the supplement refines production numbers/dates and dating of the mid size egg body Mitchell.
These books are still available and not very expensive through a second printing in 2005.

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Chris


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Hi Mates,
Another excellent reference especially for the auto-bail Mitchell enthusiast, but will interest all Mitchell collectors/enthusiast.
The Mitchell Match and Auto Bail Book, written by our Mate, James Partridge and published in the UK in 2009. Our Mates Wallace and Christian also provided photos for this publication.
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Much of anything you wanted to know about the Mitchell auto bail is contained in this book. Also the photographs are beautiful. Very well written and a "Must Have" for any enthusiast of the 330/440/540/840 and Match reels.
James has also written the Collector's Guide To The Mitchell Ultra-Light Spinning Reel and the Mitchell Part Number Cross Reference Book. I don't have these books in my collection but if they're anything like his The Mitchell Match and Auto Bail Book, they will be well worth finding.
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Chris


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Hi Mates,

The late Ben Wright is known world-wide for his expertise and documentation of spinning reels. Most collectors and enthusiasts of spinning reels of all types will recognize him as "The" expert on spinning reels. He wrote extensively on the history, evolution and the companies that produced spinning reels throughout the world.
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While he didn't write exclusively about the Mitchell, he has well documented their reels and some of the Company history (as we all know, Mitchell was a leading force in the development and production of the spinning reel). I haven't found Ben's first edition in the condition I'm looking for yet but his books are readily available on the interweb - a worthwhile investment for any collector/enthusiast.

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Chris


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Hi Mates,

Here is a very interesting book, The Mitchell Story written for the National House of Water and Fishing by Joel Monti and published in 1992.
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There's only one problem - I don't read, write or speak a bit of French......The book has cool pictures though! :sFun_rofl: . Actually, I have transcribed select paragraphs and translated them so I can understand them. It is an excellent documentation of the history of Mitchell up through the late 1980s. It definitely reflects the national pride of France and her people in the Mitchell brand history - and rightfully so in my opinion :tup . It's a very nice addition to my library.

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Chris


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Hi Mates,

Here's a later entry in Mitchell documentation - probably the latest.
Mitchell A "Class by Itself" 1939-1978, written by Paul J. Hyde Jr and published in 2013. This book is still available.
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This book contains a lot of information and while I would never disparage another persons work; in my opinion, not much new/original material if you have read or possess the aforementioned books. If you don't or haven't, it's probably a good basic start to your library of reference material.

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Chris


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