I love history. I like reading about history and I like hearing stories about history. Probably my most favorite form of entertainment is a good movie based on historical facts. Secondly, I like historical documentaries such as the ones I watch on the history channel. One day as I scanned the TV guide I noticed a show on the History Channel called Pawn Stars. I did not pay much attention. Months later I’m flipping channels and I watch a little of it because it seemed a little like Antiques Roadshow which I enjoy. I did not connect at first with Pawn Stars because I did not see the connection to the History Channel. More months went by. After about a year on another occasion while browsing the TV I caught a transaction between the pawn shop and someone wanting to sell some buttons that supposedly belonged to George Washington. I was skeptical but kept watching. This was not the East coast, this is a pawn shop in Vegas.
By the end of the episode I realized the owners of the pawn shop were good at dealing with people and were presented with a lot of interesting stuff. Some of the viewers may like seeing them restore classic cars, speed boats and dirt bikes, but for me I love seeing the old valuable stuff that comes through their place. People wanted to sell items such as a document with an actual John Hancock signature, ancient coins from India, old weapons from centuries ago in Europe, and so forth. It actual amazes me and I find it quite entertaining. The owner of the shop, Rick, convinces me he is pretty good when it comes to making an initial assessment of old artifacts. I also am impressed with his wealth of consultants to advise him on just about anything that comes his way. Like I said this Las Vegas, not Boston or Philadelphia. He is quite often assessing American artifacts from hundreds of years ago. I’m not sure how they wind up in Vegas, but they seem to.
I am also impressed with the people he works with to help him restore old vending machines, cars, boats, and even an airplane. Seeing people work with their hands to fix or improve what the pawn shop brings them brings a healthy dose of respect from me. The Old Man, Rick’s father puts up a rough image, but he knows the pawn shop business. I also suspect he is a pretty decent man. I realized this when I saw the episode where Rick and his son Corey restored an old Chrysler Imperial for the Old Man’s fiftieth wedding anniversary. That was cool.
At first I was not sure about Corey and his friend Chumlee but I have grown to like them. They are all quite entertaining. When I run out of episodes of Pawn Stars I will anxiously await any new ones. Pawn Stars is one of my all time favorite shows and I have been watching TV for over fifty years. A lot of treasure is brought to their shop with a treasure –trove of stories to go along with it. If you like valuable old stuff and a little history behind the stuff, you will like Pawn Stars. As for me, I am going to treasure every minute of the show as long as it runs. If I ever go to Vegas I hope to visit his shop. I wish I had something cool for him to appraise but I don’t think that is going to happen.