This engaging series documents buying and selling at auctions in the heartland of America while telling the unique stories of the merchandise and the sellers. From top-selling vintage cars to neon clocks and brightly lit company signs, viewers get to see some unusual displays of Americana, learning what the items are valued at and what makes people want to own them.
Weapons, Warriors, & Wonders (#105H) Duration: 22:38 STEREO TVPG
The late Arthur Nelson was a collector and businessman from Des Moines, Iowa. He had a voracious appetite for advertising paraphernalia, country store items, toys and anything unusual. Arthur's last wishes were for Penn to sell his most treasured items, including his early 20th century toys, civil war fire arms and an 18th century Samurai warrior armor set. His children were present to see their father's treasures take exceptional bids and then passed off to the next generation of collectors. But, they kept a few personal mementos from their father's collection too.
Toys in the Attic - Paul Mikkelson Toy Boats (#106H) Duration: 22:37 STEREO TVPG
The Mikkleson collection of toy boats is second to none. Toy boat collectors are some of the most ravenous collectors and in this episode we found one collector who started early - at the ripe age of ten. From wonderfully restored Seacraft Classics to miniature Mercury Outboard Motors, this episode will turn any jaded collector into a child at heart. You'll be amazed as some toy boats bring in higher bids than a real boat!
Play It Safe (#107H) Duration: 22:37 STEREO TVPG
Avid collector Bob Evans is back at it, selling his prized possession, a "Mosler Salesman Sample Safe" for more than $20,000. Bob has been collecting for many years and is known to bring home unusual items - even a gorilla! The first thing his wife Jackie asked ... "is it alive?" In this episode we see a wide variety of pieces from Bob's collection, including amazing vintage barber shop items and a beautifully restored 1933 Chevrolet Coupe, which sold for more than $ 20,000.
Woody, A Toy Story (#108H) Duration: 22:37 STEREO TVPG
Woody is not your average collector as he has a real passion for diversity. In a previous episode we saw Woody's amazing neon clock collection, but he also has an advertising sign collection with rare pieces from great American brands Chevrolet, Hires Root beer, AC Delco and Schwinn Bicycles to name a few. Woody also has amazing toy figurines such as 1930s model Chesterfield Cigarette Girls and Buddy Lee Dolls.
Sign of the Times (#109H) Duration: 22:37 STEREO TVPG
Desmond's 3,000-piece neon sign collection is second to none. In this episode we see the rare pieces and fantastic neon beer signs that made Milwaukee famous, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller, Blatz, Schlitz and Hamms. Other famous beers are also featured, including Budweiser, Coors, Michelob, Knickerbocker, Rolling Rock and Ballantine.
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