Welcome to part two of a series where I’m sharing my own perspective on a few TV shows out there in TV wasteland.
Last time I featured American Pickers and so I thought I’d stick with a similar theme and feature: PAWN STARS
And like the last show, I keep thinking this is different than what is listed.
Fortunately it’s not “Porn Stars”. Instead, the premise is to feature what comes into a pawn shop. Now…I just associated pawn shops as places to go take the wedding ring from the divorce or the guitar because your band isn’t getting paying gigs and you’d like to eat once this month or when you bring in all your neighbors household fixtures to support your meth habit. Apparently I’ve been stereotyping…
What comes in is both educational and amazing. From a civil war era diving helmet to an original bond from Paul Revere for the Revolutionary War to Grammys to championship rings. You name it and they’ve probably seen it. But it has you wondering just how all this crazy stuff happens to come into this one particular pawn shop. Let me give you a typical scenario for this show:
Guy walks in with a jar…
Rick: What’s in the jar?
Guy: It’s the tongue of Cleopatra
Rick: Where’d you get that?
Guy: I was fishing in Egypt when I landed this elaborate golden chest and it was inside the chest.
Rick: That chest looks old; let me call in an expert friend of mine to assess it.
Expert: What are your concerns, Rick?
Rick: This box…it looks old to me
Expert: That’s because it is old. You can see from the priceless solid gold construction that it’s from biblical times.
Rick: Go on…
Expert: Well…then there’s the original tablets from the 10 commandments here laying at the bottom.
Rick: Aren’t the prop ones from the Indiana Jones movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” worth more?
Expert: Almost…but Harrison Ford and Speilberg are getting older and the market for those items are dwindling
Rick: So what about the tongue?
Expert: Yes, it looks original
Rick: How can you tell that?
Expert: Well…Cleopatra secretly had the very first tongue piercing among celebrity historical people and the fact that the Ruby of the East is there on a tongue stud…
Rick: Boy, I sure missed that.
Expert: At 6,828 carats I’d say so
Rick: So how much do you think all this is worth?
Expert: Well…it’s a historic find and probably priceless. But if I put a price on it, I’d say it would fetch $300 million retail at auction
Rick: Ok, thanks for coming by
Rick: So how much do you want for it?
Guy: Well, he said $300 million retail, I’ll take $100 million
Rick: Oh no, I don’t do retail, I’m in a cash only business. I can give you $500
Guy: Can you go $50 million?
Rick: The best I can do is $1000 and I’ll throw in a cheap guitar
You can see how all this might be a little bit suspect. I don’t think your average pawn shop gets stuff like this all the time. Still, it’s a comedy watching the family owners fight amongst themselves and their employees and I enjoy learning the history and watching what fantastical nonsense shows up…