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Mitchell 498 – 1968-1986 = 175,454 Units
Mitchell 499 – 1979-1986 = 35,872 Units ( Does not match up with known dates!)

The first version Mitchell 498 was introduced in 1968 as a new line of Salt Water reels referred to as “The Magnum Big Game Reel” and the sister Mitchell 488 was introduced at the same time with the only difference between the two being the head, the spool and the pick-up. The 498 was always a PUM or Manual Pick-Up whereas the 488 was always a full bail. The 498 reels were painted Midnight Blue as were other Mitchell “400” series reels of the time such as the 400, 402, 406, 408, 410 and 488. The 498/499 color changed to Sky Blue circa 1978 and then painted black circa 1985. 

The first version shown with serial number 001549 on the foot is in the original Garcia Mitchell 498 box. As you can see in the picture of the paperwork, the owner’s manuals were not included because they were still in print when this reel was sold. Big Game fishing with spinning reels was a hard sale in competition with conventional reels. It appears the 498 was never accepted in America but in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and especially Australia, these were a hit. They were marketed as the “Special” Mitchell 498 in Europe with the only difference other than packaging being the Garcia verses the Special wedge stickers.

 

"More information on all the reels below is in progress!"

Garcia Ads are rare with the only one we’ve found being a 1968 artist rendition of this reel and like all the other renditions, is not correct. European Ads are vast as you can see along with our Garcia Mitchell 498 Schematic's Gallery. You should note that the Mitchell 499 (LH) was introduced in 1970 but not advertised until the late seventies!

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