When you see that headline, if you’re a fan, you immediately think, what do I have that’s old, valuable and transportable? If you’re not familiar with the popular show on the History Channel, it’s basically a pawn shop on TV. The show is hosted by the Harrison family, from their family owned pawn shop in Las Vegas. People from all over the country stop by the shop to get a price on an item, and to see if the item has real value.
Rick Harrison is the host and genius of Pawn Stars, who pitched History to get the show on TV. What makes this show special, is Rick’s encyclopedic knowledge. According to the show website: At a young age Rick became a voracious reader, in part due to Epilepsy. Rick would suffer debilitating grand-mal seizures, and be stuck bed ridden for days on end. The family only had one TV, and it wasn’t in his room, so he spent most of his time reading.
While the show is pre-taped, you can argue that Rick can prepare in advance and study up on the items in question. But, being a fan of the show and a broadcaster, Rick’s natural, off the cuff spit-fire knowledge cannot easily be rehearsed. He seems at ease talking about ANY item that comes through the shop door. It’s truly fascinating to watch. Add to that, you find yourself becoming a self-appointed expert on antiques, guessing how much the item is valued at.
Pawn Stars In Boston
According to WWLP TV:
Pawn Stars on the History Channel has announced they will be on the road with two stops in Massachusetts.
Rick, Corey, and Chumlee, the famous trio from Las Vegas are scheduled to stop in Boston and Salem out of their 15 locations across the country. For a chance to sell your item email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duran Duran Autographed Microphone Stand
This is called a desktop microphone stand. It’s used by broadcasters on the air LIVE from remote, out of studio locations.
Yes, that is an authentic signature from Duran Duran lead singer, Simon Le Bon. Back in 2007, my then radio station was LIVE at a listener event featuring Duran Duran. I hosted a town-hall type setting where Duran Duran answered listener questions, LIVE on the air.
The event was so exciting. Simon was thrilled to be there and meet his fans. But, as the event was wrapping up, I realized that I was about to lose a great music memory: Simon Le Bon was leaving, and I forgot to ask him to autograph something. SO, what did I DO? I grabbed the first thing I could find, and shoved it in front of him as he was signing his last item of the day. He laughed and said, “OK.” As you can see he wrote: Love radio, Simon Le Bon.
I’m happy to say, that I don’t see myself ever selling this, UNTIL NOW. With Pawn Stars coming, I got to thinking: how much is this signed item of exciting piece of rock memorabilia worth? Wait! I don’t have any papers!!! I don’t have any proof that it was actually signed by SIMON LE BON! No, did not take a picture of him signing it.
So, IF I were to sell it, I would have to rely on my vast multi-year broadcast reputation. What is THAT worth, on eBay? Probably as much as a fifteen year old mic stand.
Maybe you’ll see me and the mic stand on Pawn Stars!