The Ocean City reel company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania opened its doors for business in 1922 and in 1934 bought out the Montague Rod & Reel Company. Later acquisitions included the Edward vom Hofe Company in 1939.
The majority of Ocean City's reels were mass produced and have limited collectors value. Models like the "Orlando", "Balboa" and "Panama" are some of the exceptions to the rule as they are very well made and therefore sought after by collectors today.
Ocean City's "600" series reels were also some of their finer big game reels. These reels were produced in the standard ocean reel sizes 1/0 through 16/0. The larger reels in Ocean City's "600" series include the 10/0, 12/0, 14/0 and 16/0 size reels. Ocean City also offered the 10/0, 12/0, 14/0, and 16/0 size reels in a cradle style configuration. These cradle reels were cataloged as the "800" series reels.
These larger Ocean City "600" series and "800" series reels, in particular, the "800" series cradle reels, are beginning to gain momentum among collectors today.
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