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This week’s episodes of Pawn Stars featured little on the history side, but still had some testy negotiations.
“Buffalo Bull” started off with a collection of Buffalo Ben memorabilia. There were questions as to whether or not this guy was actually connected with the infinitely more well-known Buffalo Bill. However, Buffalo Bill expert Steve confirmed Rick’s fears. Ben was a total fake. However, the owner was able to capitalize on Ben’s collection of puppets. Vintage toy expert Johnny came over to say that the puppets were worth close to $5,000. After negotiations, the owner was able to go down to $3,200.
Next, the guys went down to a phone booth owner’s house. Turns out, the booth was only from the 1970s, so it wasn’t worth that much. Rick would only offer $600, but the owner wouldn’t budge on $1,200, so there was no deal.
A group of railroad lanterns went for $520.
Arguably the most interesting piece of the night was President Ronald Reagan’s senior high school yearbook, owned by a man whose grandfather went to school with him. He also had a signed letter, which signature expert Drew happily authenticated. The set went for $2,000.
“Cannons and Klingons” featured...well... both a cannon and Klingons. First, however, was a really interesting collection from the granddaughter of film producer Carey Wilson, who worked on films like The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and was nominated for an Oscar for his script for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Wilson was recruited by the government to work on atomic propaganda films, so his granddaughter had an incredibly cool portfolio of top-secret photos. However, she only wanted to sell his military lighter! Rick was seriously bummed out, but was able to talk her into throwing in Wilson’s ID. The lighter and ID went for $60.
The movie theme continued with a man bringing in a framed Roy Rogers shirt, which sold for $1,150.
Then, a Star Trek geek brought in a trunk-full of Trek toys, mostly signed by the actors in the shows and films. The owner needed the money to get married and was convinced he could get close to $14,000. Johnny made another appearance though, pricing the collection at just $8,000 to $9,000. The owner went home with just $6,100.
The last piece was the loudest of them all - an antique cannon used in Magnum, P.I. Arms expert Sean priced it at $20,000 to $40,000, but the owner asked for $35,000. Rick wouldn’t budge from $12,000 and had to walk away.
The Old Man was really annoyed that he wasn’t invited to see the cannon, so he got back at Rick, Big Hoss and Chumlee by buying pizza for everyone - except them!