Cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.
Vintage Houston (#1624H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while AR made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. 14 years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1500 to $2500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50, 000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.
Vintage Los Angeles (#1722H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
15 years after visiting Los Angeles, AR takes a look back to see what some of the most memorable appraisals are worth today. Some items have increased in value, while others haven't fared as well. Tune in to see items like Disney animation art, a 1906 Van Briggle vase, and a Tiffany lamp that was first appraised in 1998 at $30,000 to $40,000 and is newly appraised at $50,000 to $75,000.
Seattle, Hour Two (#1717H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
It wouldn't be a visit to Seattle without a ride up the Space Needle! Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry visit the tower to talk about World's Fair posters. Seattle's discoveries run the gamut with a circa 1964 "Star Trek" script and pitch letter; a Civil War dog collar; and Harriet Frishmuth bookends valued at $10,000.
Vintage Milwaukee (#1723#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
It's been 15 years since AR visited Milwaukee. Ever wonder what some of the items appraised back then are worth now? Watch updates on items such as a Tiffany lamp, which was appraised at $8000-$15,000 in 1998 and is now valued between $20,000 and $30,000!
Chattanooga, Tn - Hour One (#1310H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Reenactors fire a mid-19th-century cannon at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to punctuate a discussion of collecting antique cannon. Discoveries include an 1826 Tennessee hunting horn; a Regency cellarette once owned by poet Lord Byron; and an heirloom necklace whose centerpiece is a five carat diamond, valued at $250,000.
Vintage Atlanta (#1625H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
1998 marked the 16th running of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate, 87 miles long and America's oldest road skating race, and AR's first visit to Hotlanta. In the ensuing 14 years, a collection of documents related to golf legend Bobby Jones sped from an original estimate of $15,000 to a current value of $20,000 to $25,000, while an 1841 letter by Abraham Lincoln rolled from a brisk $75,000 to $125,000 to a slower-paced $60,000 to $80,000.
Vintage Rochester (#1724H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Back in 1998, AR travelled to Rochester, New York, and appraised items including a painting by Frank Zappa, a van Munster violin and a Minton vase. One of these items increased more than five times in value and another has dropped by more than $1000. Tune in to find out which item's value has soared and which one's is sinking.
Chattanooga, Tn - Hour Two (#1311#) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Chattanooga, Tennessee's AT&T Field - home of the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team - is the backdrop for AR's look at collecting minor league baseball memorabilia. Appraisal highlights: a 19th-century military over-the-shoulder saxophone; an heirloom Confederate soldier's sword; and a collection of movie marketing memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.
Louisville, Ky - Hour One (#1213H) Duration: 55:38 STEREO TVG
Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the world famous Kentucky Derby. It's also the birthplace of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Walberg and appraiser Mike Gutierrez head for the Muhammad Ali Center to talk about collecting memorabilia of the former World Heavyweight Champion. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, appraisers are off to the races with such winning discoveries as valuable original cover art for The Saturday Evening Post by John Falter, brought by his stepdaughter, who modeled for the illustration when she was 5 years old; an early 19th-century embroidered silk mourning picture; and an enduring symbol of the Kentucky Derby: an heirloom mint julep cup created by Louisville silversmith William Kendrick in the mid-19th-century, estimated to be worth $2000.
Vintage Louisville (#1725H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR takes a look back at some of the items appraised in Louisville back in 1998. A 19th-century folk art jug, which was originally appraised at $30,000 to $50,000, has since leaped in value to an estimated $100,000 to $150,000! Tune in for more updates on items like a South Carolina Slave Badge from 1810 and James Dean's high school yearbook.
Chattanooga, Tn - Hour Three (#1312H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
A stroll across Chattanooga, Tennessee's Walnut Street bridge - one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world - introduces AR's discussion of carved wooden folk-art walking canes. Appraisal highlights: an heirloom 18th-century Chippendale tall chest; a unique piece of presidential memorabilia: an "8-ball" presented to Harry Truman in 1948 by the Los Angeles Press Club; and a pristine Lionel train set, circa 1930, valued at $2500 to $3000.
Louisville, Ky - Hour Two (#1214H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
Mark L. Walberg travels to the historic Civil War battle site in Perryville, Kentucky. He's joined by appraiser Rafael Eledge, who displays some valuable Confederate belt buckles and instructs collectors how to avoid falling for a fake. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, there's authentic excitement over such original finds as a late 18th-century heirloom Kentucky sugar chest; an 1860 rococo revival table whose top sports a painting of Mt. Vernon; and a pair of boxing gloves signed twice by Louisville native son and World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali - once as Cassius Clay, in 1963, and again as Muhammad Ali 40 years later - valued at $2000 to $3000.
Vintage Hartford (#1726H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
15 years have passed since AR visited Hartford, and some of the values of the items appraised have changed dramatically - some for the better, and some for the worse. A 1915 Coca-Cola jigsaw puzzle and an Emancipation Announcement print both gained value since 1998, but the big winner is a Tiffany aquamarine glass vase, which was originally appraised at $30,000 to $40,000 and is now valued between $90,000 and $100,000.
Biloxi, MS - Hour One (#1513H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
In Biloxi, Mississippi, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser David Rago for a look at the eccentric pottery of George Ohr, overlooked in his lifetime during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, but now the celebrated centerpiece of Biloxi's Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Highlights include a circa 1950 Walter Anderson linocut; an 1899 "Buffalo Bill" poster; and a 1928 Art Deco, bronze sculpture of dancers from the Russian Ballet, created by Romanian artist Demeter Chiparus and valued at $100,000 to $150,000.
Louisville, Ky - Hour Three (#1215H) Duration: 55:04 STEREO TVG
Centuries before texting, girls were expressing themselves via embroidered samplers, as appraiser Nancy Druckman shows host Mark L. Walberg at the Embroiderer's Guild of America in Louisville, Kentucky. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, appraisers stitch together a colorful assortment of finds, including a rare, circa 1910 Dirk Van Erp lamp, originally bought for about $100; an exceptionally well-preserved 1876 portrait Jumeau doll with all original parts, except her hair; and a fortunate Kentucky corner cupboard - at one time destined to be burned and thrown away - made of locally grown wood and valued at $8500.
Vintage Richmond (#1727H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
AR revisits items appraised in Richmond, Virginia, back in 1998. A Cartier desk clock has increased in value from a 1998 appraisal of $ 10,000 to $15,000 to an updated estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Meanwhile, a Royal Doulton bear has dropped from an original appraisal of $5000 to $7000 to a current valuation of $3000 to $5000. Other items featured include 1956 World Series baseballs, a Carnegie autograph album and a collection of diamond and ruby jewelry.
Biloxi, MS - Hour Two (#1514H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
With NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Biloxi, Mississippi as a backdrop, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett to explore the world of vintage space toys. Highlights include a 1943 National League signed baseball; a circa 1770 sword used in the Revolutionary War; and a beautifully preserved 1811 silk-on-silk embroidery, made in Philadelphia and taken from an English print valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
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