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BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,031 ✭✭✭✭✭

Started binge watching older and the recent new episode. Been watching for years, but have never seen a "pick" of anything coin related, coins, books etc. Has anyone ever seen any coin related "picks"?

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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,007 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BLUEJAYWAY said:
    Started binge watching older and the recent new episode. Been watching for years, but have never seen a "pick" of anything coin related, coins, books etc. Has anyone ever seen any coin related "picks"?

    One time they were at a place that had the remnants of a token & medal manufacturer in New York state. Most of the items were old dies and the guys "picked" a couple of them.

    Another time they bought a small collection of coal mine company store scrip tokens.

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    jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I believe I saw an episode where Mike actually picked up a 1921 Morgan, but wasn’t interested in it, and put it back down. He never bought it. Can’t remember any time they bought any coin collections.

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    VeepVeep Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭

    Saw one episode where Frank overpaid for a cigar box full of WW2 ration points.

    "Let me tell ya Bud, you can buy junk anytime!"
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    thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Veep said:
    Saw one episode where Frank overpaid for a cigar box full of WW2 ration points.

    Boy, that's something. I've never seen him overpay for anything.

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    GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 8,375 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @thebeav said:

    @Veep said:
    Saw one episode where Frank overpaid for a cigar box full of WW2 ration points.

    Boy, that's something. I've never seen him overpay for anything.

    Every car that Frank bought on the show he overpaid. They show where he loses money on them.

    GrandAm :)
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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,942 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jfriedm56 said:
    I believe I saw an episode where Mike actually picked up a 1921 Morgan, but wasn’t interested in it, and put it back down. He never bought it. Can’t remember any time they bought any coin collections.

    I suspect he knows that 1921 Morgans are just very common coins.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Watched one episode, my wife had it on... Seemed like it was a general hunt for spots that 'might' have some good material, and they were directed around by a secretary or assistant back at a home office. Nothing of interest (to me) or great value was found in that episode. Never watched another one. Cheers, RickO

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    after reading the posts that seems HIGHLY unlikely as the people that are usually shown are usually the "type" of people that would have a box/jug of coins laying around. perhaps they edit those portions out?

    not a big deal but it seems statistically impossible.

    i tell people i'm into coins and most of the time i hear coin stories come flying out of the demon hole left and right and that isn't even when i say i am buying!

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BLUEJAYWAY said:
    Started binge watching older and the recent new episode. Been watching for years, but have never seen a "pick" of anything coin related, coins, books etc. Has anyone ever seen any coin related "picks"?

    No, but I've enjoyed the coin segments on Pawn Stars.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,510 ✭✭✭✭✭

    pawn stars yes. i dont like am pickers and do not watch the show, fwiw

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    FrankHFrankH Posts: 773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    American Pickers is a VERY educational show. A lot of stuff that no one knows about but is highly collectible and interesting.

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    bronzematbronzemat Posts: 2,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I watch pickers all the time, I love it. Even if most of it is "fake", who cares. Better then Kardashian TV.

    They have had coins before, but it was AGES ago. And I don't even remember what coin/s it was. But no, coins are not a priority on the show.

    They've had autographs, comic books, and sports cards featured too. But again, not their "bread and butter".

    I also watch Pawn Stars and Antiques Roadshow.

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All those reality type shows, (Home improvements, car/motorcycle, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, etc..) even if their fake, set-ups and the problems have to be solved in 30 minutes to maximize the excitement.... All the key players seem to really know their stuff and are experts in the fields.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Never seen coins but they do occasionally find some vintage gas or Coca-Cola signs, etc, maybe an Italian scooter or two - once they had a 57 packer. And I think they do overpay, because they repurpose the stuff and target white collar urban types who want to have a 1950s “gas pump” or vintage “Shell oil” sign in their house to show their friends - so that’s the market they serve and why they can afford to overpay.

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    bronzematbronzemat Posts: 2,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Che_Grapes said:
    Never seen coins but they do occasionally find some vintage gas or Coca-Cola signs, etc, maybe an Italian scooter or two - once they had a 57 packer. And I think they do overpay, because they repurpose the stuff and target white collar urban types who want to have a 1950s “gas pump” or vintage “Shell oil” sign in their house to show their friends - so that’s the market they serve and why they can afford to overpay.

    Better then Pawn Stars, where something is worth $3,000 and they offer $600 for it. :/

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    RollermanRollerman Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭✭✭

    FYI Frank had a serious stroke and is laid up pretty bad.

    "Ain't None of Them play like him (Bix Beiderbecke) Yet."
    Louis Armstrong
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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bronzemat said:

    @Che_Grapes said:
    Never seen coins but they do occasionally find some vintage gas or Coca-Cola signs, etc, maybe an Italian scooter or two - once they had a 57 packer. And I think they do overpay, because they repurpose the stuff and target white collar urban types who want to have a 1950s “gas pump” or vintage “Shell oil” sign in their house to show their friends - so that’s the market they serve and why they can afford to overpay.

    Better then Pawn Stars, where something is worth $3,000 and they offer $600 for it. :/

    Well it always amazed me that people would bring in such high value items to sell at a pawn shop, yet expects retail value to obtained…
    Someone took a high relief 1922 peace dollar to the pawn shop on pawn stars - what was he thinking? If you had that coin would you try and sell it at a pawn shop?

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Che_Grapes said:

    @bronzemat said:

    @Che_Grapes said:
    Never seen coins but they do occasionally find some vintage gas or Coca-Cola signs, etc, maybe an Italian scooter or two - once they had a 57 packer. And I think they do overpay, because they repurpose the stuff and target white collar urban types who want to have a 1950s “gas pump” or vintage “Shell oil” sign in their house to show their friends - so that’s the market they serve and why they can afford to overpay.

    Better then Pawn Stars, where something is worth $3,000 and they offer $600 for it. :/

    Well it always amazed me that people would bring in such high value items to sell at a pawn shop, yet expects retail value to obtained…
    Someone took a high relief 1922 peace dollar to the pawn shop on pawn stars - what was he thinking? If you had that coin would you try and sell it at a pawn shop?

    Exactly! It might be about getting face time on TV.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    erscoloerscolo Posts: 493 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've never got into that show. For entertainment I watch that coin guy Mike on HSN. Now if I ever buy something from them it is time to be checked into the old folks home.

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    Klif50Klif50 Posts: 663 ✭✭✭✭

    A few years back the Penny Lady (Charmy) was on Pawn Stars. She couldn't tell what she was selling until the show aired. Turned out it was a World War II nose camera from a bomber that, I believe, her dad brought home from the war. STill h ad some of the original film in it and it was unclear if there were any exposed pictures on the reel. I don't believe she sold it but it's been a long time.

    Big thing with Pawn Stars is that most of the stuff (up until they started doing a road show) is preplanned and they know what is coming in so they get brushed up on information on it and sound like experts. It's good entertainment and I think the best show or one of the best was when the old man was hiding big bags of cents around the shop. Corey and Chumlee found a bag in the trunk of a big car that was sitting funny back in the warehouse. Another time a guy came in with a LOT of silver, including kilo bars and Rick drilled some of them and then checked the drillings for silver. Silver was proably around 12 or 15 dollars an ounce back then and it seems the young man got over $100,000 cash.

    You never know what the next item to walk through the doors will be unless you read the script for the next show.

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    BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 30,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Saw them buy obsolete Civil War currency and script notes in an episode when they also purchased swords.

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    FrankHFrankH Posts: 773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pawn Stars is a good show. I have a buddy I can call to tell you why. :D

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    ms71ms71 Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I used to watch it occasionally years ago, then I read an exposé that detailed how the show was actually produced. I think the article was written by someone who had at some point been part of the production crew. It said that the producers were the people who scouted out all the deals, the phone calls from Danielle were all fake. It said that each place was visited by the crew beforehand, looked over, and the items to be "picked" carefully selected. Then the deals to be made for each item selected were scripted, with the outcomes already decided. It put me off and I've had no desire to look at it after that.

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    Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 843 ✭✭✭✭

    @erscolo said:
    I've never got into that show. For entertainment I watch that coin guy Mike on HSN. Now if I ever buy something from them it is time to be checked into the old folks home.

    Or perhaps the funny farm.

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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,359 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fun show, which I watch fairly regularly. I've never seen anything numismatic. Lots of other cool barn finds though.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Che_Grapes said:

    @bronzemat said:

    @Che_Grapes said:
    Never seen coins but they do occasionally find some vintage gas or Coca-Cola signs, etc, maybe an Italian scooter or two - once they had a 57 packer. And I think they do overpay, because they repurpose the stuff and target white collar urban types who want to have a 1950s “gas pump” or vintage “Shell oil” sign in their house to show their friends - so that’s the market they serve and why they can afford to overpay.

    Better then Pawn Stars, where something is worth $3,000 and they offer $600 for it. :/

    Well it always amazed me that people would bring in such high value items to sell at a pawn shop, yet expects retail value to obtained…
    Someone took a high relief 1922 peace dollar to the pawn shop on pawn stars - what was he thinking? If you had that coin would you try and sell it at a pawn shop?

    I'm also wondering if some of these big ticket item customers coming in were reimbursed or some how complicated off camera after the fact.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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