Letter/Number Designations Parts and Years Offered Leather Case Information Cleaning and Maintenance Desirable Reels Early ABU Ambassadeur 6000 Model My name is Fred and I've collected Ambassadeur reels since late 1994.
My introduction to collecting tackle started with lures and quickly spread to reels.
During all my years of collecting, Simon has been the biggest influence in my collecting life and I wish to thank him for that very much.
We have become good friends through time and he will always be close to my heart. Abu Reel Collection Below can be found information, but not limited to, dating reels, reel cases, model number and letter designations, warning signs of altered reels, version numbers and their meaning.
Can you ever recall seeing a 5000 De Luxe stamped with serial number #11 through #231? This has been one of the great mysteries surrounding this model ever since its introduction in 1962.
Simon Shimomura, author of three books on collectible Ambassadeur reels has sought for 20 years to find a single example of these missing serial numbers without success.
On September 7, 2013, a gentleman contacted me with pictures of his 5000 De Luxe with serial number #223.
To my knowledge, no one has ever stepped forward with confirmation of a 5000 De Luxe carrying a serial number larger than #10 but smaller than #232."Production and shipping record for this model starts with serial number #232.
It was not that #1~#231 were missing from the entry, it was that the first number of the book was prestamped from 0232."Simon owns #1, #3, #7 and #10.
Are there in fact, another 221 individual items with sequential numbers between #11~#231?
If so, why were these serial numbers not recorded in ABU's register?
From then on, it would be an Ambassadeur that went on all my fishing trips.
In 1995, about the time I realized I wanted to collect these reels seriously, I met Simon Shimomura at the Houston, Texas NFLCC show.