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June 23rd, 2000
It seems that I have run into some very good luck. From 2 different source's I was lucky enough to get some new Rapala Items to add to my collection. These items are both catalogs and both are new, year 2000 editions.
Why list these items? In my effort to keep this project as up to date as possible, and because one of these catalogs has a interesting appeal to me. I'll give more description and have scans for you to view.

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Rapala 2000 Opas
This catalog has a interesting tale to it. Over a year ago, while visiting with my brother(Mike). I gave him a printed picture of a Rapala Lure that I was looking to add to my collection. He said that he would talk to some people that he worked with and came into contact with through his job. Well the other day, we recieved in the mail a package from him. It contained a few items.(a note, a couple of other papers and a Rapala Catalog. I read the letter, which is quoted here,
'Bob T recently traveled to Finland to recieve an award. He was one of three engineers to travel from the US. I had handed him a picture of the Rapala Squid Lure last year, and he remembered to look. Bob said he had a good time visiting several sporting goods stores (see yellow pages) and the conference leader even posted a notice on the information board (also included). He visited a large retail outfit and got the enclosed Rapala product brochure. He was there three days and had no luck finding one( or a dozen, which is what I asked for). Our guess is that we'll have to wait until one of us travels to Asia where they eat Squid before we'll have any luck.
Oh well, at least you've got a couple of souvenirs. Better luck next time
Mike.'

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Congrats on the Award!!!

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To me this is a great find. below are several scans of this Finish catalog.
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Scan of the cover. This catalog is about 4" x 8" multi page catalog.

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Part 1 of the color patterns available in the Floating and countdown.
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The second part of the Floating and Countdown color patterns.

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Team Esko. I thought I had got the color patterns in this lure style. Guess not! This is part 1 of the color patterns listed in this catalog.
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Part 2 of the Team Esko color patterns
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The last color listed for the Team esko.

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Color plate for the Risto Rap.

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This color palte shows the patterns for the Jointed Floating model.

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Color plate for the Jointed Countdown.


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Rapala 2000 USA
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Coming Soon. I hope to have this new catalog within the next couple of weeks and hope to have some info listed here soon after.
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Update!!!!!
I spent some time talking to a source I have. I hope to have quite a few new Items to add to my collection. I will as I get them and have time to sort it all out. Add those items and Info when I can. All I can say right now is, my source is great at answering most of the questions I have and either helping me out or pointing me to someone who can.


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A couple of new lures that have been added to the collection can be found on the next page.
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