Order Of The White Eagle Medallion: $40,000
Someone brought in this medal that they got in a yard sale for 75 cents, and pawned it to Rick for $6000, gaining a massive profit. The customer left smiling, but it was Rick who laughed his way to the bank; military antique expert Craig Gottlieb valued the medallion at $40,000!
2001 Patriots Super Bowl Ring: $100,000
A Super Bowl ring is what NFL players dream of daily, and keeps them motivated through tough practices and slippery, freezing cold games in the snow. In 2001, the Patriots won the Super Bowl, and rookie defensive back Brock Williams got a ring. However, he never played for the Pats, due to a knee injury. The injury cut his career short, leaving Williams with little money. Brock pawned his diamond-encrusted ring to Rick for just $2,600. In turn, Rick put a $100,000 price tag on it!
Stephen Stills’ Guitar: $85,000
Stephen Stills, of the legendary group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young owned this Gibson SJ-200 acoustic guitar. Rick understood the value of this instrument, as Stills had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They knew it was authentic as there was an attached document that was signed by Stills. The owner originally asked for $110,000, as this guitar was considered “the holy grail.” Rick got it for $85,000, and there is no limit to how much he can sell it for.
Hot Wheels Car: $100,000
A luxury car like a nice Mercedes or a Porsche can cost $100,000, which is why it is amazing that this tiny toy car costs just as much. This Hot Wheels car that was featured on Pawn Stars, the 1969 Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb, is one of two in existence. Bruce Pascal, the owner of this rare toy bought it for $72,000 and sought $100,000 from the Pawn Stars. Rick offered $70,000, much to Bruce’s chagrin, so they never actually closed the deal.
Book Of Mormon: $40,000
The Mormons, also known as the people in the Latter Day Saint movement, have a sacred text called the Book Of Mormon. A man named Adam somehow got his hands on an 1842 edition of the book and brought it into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. An expert appraised the book at a whopping $40,000, as the edition was available before Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, passed away. Adam and Rick settled on $24,000, giving the Pawn Stars a $16,000 profit potential.
Dutch East India Company Bell: $15,000
The Dutch East India Company was the world’s first transnational company, as they shipped spices back and forth between Europe and Asia. They were also the first company to ever issue stocks to the public. This incredibly important company had many ships, and the ships had bells on them. Somehow, a woman got her hands on one of these bells. She had no idea the worth, and was going to sell it at a garage sale. An expert valued the 1602 original bell at $15,000.
1932 Lincoln Roadster: $95,000
The Lincoln K-series is a line of roadsters that were in production from 1930-1940. The car was so popular, that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a modified version, called the Sunshine Special, which was a convertible that was used as the official state car. It was said to be the “first Presidential car to acquire its own personality.” When someone offered the Pawn Stars a 1932 roadster from the same line and era, they had to haggle for a good price. Eventually, they settled on $95,000.
Spanish Fleet Coin: $18,000
In 1715, a ship in the Havana, Cuba harbor was loaded full of gold and silver (worth over $700,000!), and set sails to Spain. On the way, the sea hit extreme weather and sank to the bottom of the ocean. A man named Jody said his grandfather gave him one of the coins recovered from the wreck and was asking for $2000. It had the Spanish royal seal stamped on, but Rick was skeptical until an expert said it was worth $18,000. They settled on $11,000.
Olympic Medals: $30,000
Joe Greene was an Olympic athlete who competed in both the 1992 Barcelona games and the 1996 Atlanta games. He was a long jump athlete, and although he could not beat out powerhouse athlete and fellow American Carl Lewis for the gold medals, he won Bronzes at both Summer Olympics he was a part of. Greene came in to sell the medals. He was desperate, and Rick commented: “I think it’s all he had.” Greene got $30,000 and a generous promise from Rick that he wouldn’t sell them.
Old Man Silver Coins: $110,000
Imagine the surprise on the faces of the Pawn Stars when someone walked into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop with this absurd amount of silver. Weighed out, this guy had been hoarding over 200 pounds of silver, which the gang bought for $110,000. They had so much silver on their hands, they did not know what to do with it. However, they got a creative idea: they would mint their own coins. They made tender with the face of the Old Man, worth $70 each.
James Bond Guitar
You may not have heard of Vic Flick, the English guitarist with the rhyming name, but you know his work. Most famously, he is the one who plays the guitar riff in the 007 theme song. That’s why the Pawn Stars were so interested in the Fender Stratocaster that he brought in to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The strat was sold for $55,000 dollars, which is a steal for an artist who has played with the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page.
1932 Custom Ford Roadster: $68,250
This 1932 Ford Roadster was in amazing shape, with 500 horsepower. Rick and Corey joked that they probably could not even fit inside the sleek, mat black vehicle, but they squeezed in, although they felt like sardines. To make such a car from scratch would cost over $100,000, but for an existing car, an expert appraised it at $70,000 dollars. Since the owner wanted $70,000 at least, they had to negotiate back and forth until they agreed on $68,250.
Rare Silver Dollar: $100,000
This rare silver coin, is officially called the Proof Peace High Relief Dollar, from the year 1922. The person who brought it into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop won it in a poker game, and decided to cash in. An expert blew the socks off of the owner and the Pawn Stars, when they revealed that this specific coin was minted only about 10 times ever, making it super rare- valued at $100,000. They got it for $80,000, giving them a sweet profit.
Iwo Jima Battle Plans: $20,000
The battle of Iwo Jima was one of the biggest skirmishes in the whole of World War II. The US Marine Corps fought the Japanese army for five bloody weeks. The battle plans were drawn up onto paper, which a man brought into the pawn shop. Since his cash supply was dwindling, and he had a daughter getting married, he decided to sell the plans that surely used to be top secret. They bought the one-of-a-kind maps for $2300, and value them around $20,000!
Dennis Rodman Jerseys: $4300
A woman came into the store with some authentic, signed, game-worn jerseys of Dennis Rodman. They were from his time on the Bulls, Pistons, and his short run on the Mavericks. The way she got them made sense: she used to be married to him! The jerseys were unwashed and even had stains on them from tough games. Chumlee bought them as a package totaling $4300, since some of the jerseys’ signatures were made out to Rodman’s daughter, and would be harder to sell.
The Federalist Papers: $7000
While digging through the trash, believe it or not, this woman found a remarkable set of books: The Federalist Papers, mostly written by founding father Alexander Hamilton. They defended the constitution before it was accepted by the young USA. It was the second edition from 1802, which was the last edition before he perished in his famous duel with Aaron Burr. Book expert Rebecca Romney said if the book did not have mold damage it would be $14,000, but the books were found in the trash.
Babe Ruth Baseball Card: $60,000
When this guy walked in asking for $60,000 for a baseball card, it seemed crazy, but apparently, the card was, in fact, very rare as assessed by an expert. Babe Ruth was, after all, a seven-time World Series Champion. Sadly, it was not $60,000 worth, but closer to $12,000 dollars. Although this is a huge amount of money for a piece of paper, the seller could not go below $40,000, and the deal fell through, as Rick was offering only $8000.
Spanish Gold Bar: $50,000
Sometimes, it pays off to do your spring cleaning. It’s a schlep to go up to the dusty attic and clean out boxes and throw out things you might not need. However, this story might provide a spark of inspiration. This man found a gold bar in his attic, that an expert assessed as being worth $50,000! This was no ordinary bar of gold, it was shipwreck treasure from a Spanish ship that sunk in 1554. They bought it for $35,000, giving them a $15,000 profit.
Cubic Zirconia: $30,000
Diamonds are forever, even as old as Old Man Harrison. One of the biggest sales made was $30,000 worth of diamonds. The only problem was- they were not diamonds. This was in the mid-1970s, when cubic zirconia, a fake diamond substitute, hit the market. Before the Old Man or anyone in the pawn shop industry knew what they were, they had accidentally bought a bunch of them, because the traditional tests passed them as bona fide diamonds. Now they know better.
Les Paul’s Les Paul: $110,000
Les Paul was an absolutely legendary guitarist, who invented and popularized many fretting techniques. He and his wife, Mary Ford, recorded music and sold millions of records and had many number one hits. Another bit of his legacy comes from his hand in inventing the Gibson Les Paul, a guitar that is widely used today. Someone brought in a 1961 Gibson SG Les Paul Custom guitar, which was owned by Mary and played by Les. It was bought for $90,000 and sold for $110,000.
Stan Lee Autograph: $10,000
Chumlee and a customer debated over the worth of an original Spiderman comic strip by Stan Lee and John Romita. Not only was it original, but also signed by Marvel legend Stan Lee. The man asked for $10,000, but Chumlee would not budge and offered $5000 if it was authenticated. In a very special moment on Pawn Stars, Chumlee and the man went to meet Stan himself, who carefully examined his signature and determined it to be an authentic John Hancock.
Grammy Award: $2350
When a man named David came in and put this on the counter, Rick recognized the Grammy immediately. Apparently, the award was bestowed upon Ronald Dunbar, a musician who worked with George Clinton, and won this Grammy award for the song “Patches.” The owner was a lawyer who got his hands on it when he accepted it as payment, but was looking to cash in. Rick said if it was a bigger name printed on the award, perhaps he could have given more than the $2350 they settled on.
Lucille Ball’s Necklace: $350
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz not only starred in I Love Lucy, a show that still has re-runs on air until this day, but they also were involved in producing shows like Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. When a customer came in with a pearl necklace that was owned by Lucy, proven by the fact that he had a picture of her wearing it, as well as a certificate of authenticity, they haggled until they reached $350. This purchase was more about the nostalgia than the money.
Rolex Watches: $4000
This was not exactly a huge sale for the pawn shop, but more of a huge blunder. When an eighteen-year-old Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison first started working at the family business, he was not exactly aware how to identify fake items. Word got around, and con artists cornered him while he worked the night shift, and sold an unwitting Corey six fake Rolexes. After a week, someone in the store, who was more experienced noticed. Luckily, only $4000 had been burned on the faux watches.
Star Wars Script: $30,000
One guy walked into the Gold & Silver with an autographed script of Star Wars, and an expert said it was worth $30,000 or so. George Lucas’ signature was first assessed by an expert who determined it was real, which boosted its value. However, upon closer inspection, it was revealed that the script was just a copy, and not actually used by one of the stars like Harrison Ford or Mark Hammill. The value plummetted to $1000, as it was essentially just autographed paper. The man respectfully refused.
Wayne’s World Car: $9500
Wayne’s World is the debut movie of Mike Myers, co-stars Dana Carvey and is produced by Lorne Michaels, who also produces Saturday Night Live. The iconic catchphrases “Party on” and “schwing” are known and repeated endlessly by all cult-comedy followers. While in Florida, Rick assessed the car featured in the movie, and haggles with the owner. The famous scene where the characters sing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” while they cruise around gave the 1976 AMC Pacer a value of $9500.
Diamond Earrings: $40,000
When a man in a fancy suit came into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Rick expected him to be a high roller. He was right- the man had diamond earrings that were massive, real, and worth heaps of money. The Pawn Stars ended up paying $40,000 for the jewels. Three days later, however, the police showed up. Turns out, despite the suited man having a receipt for the earrings, that they were stolen property. The police seized the diamonds, free of charge, unfortunately for Rick.
Page Of The Gutenberg Bible: $47,000
The Gutenberg Bible was the first book that was ever mass produced and was the first book to start the trend of printed books that still continues to this day. Adam, a regular, brought in a leaf (one page, double-sided) of the Bible, and valued it a $65,000. Book expert Rebecca Romney inspected the leaf in the light, and she was in awe of the authenticity and rarity and assessed its value at $80,000. After negotiating, they settled on $47,000 for the piece of paper.
Edward Curtis Photos: $20,000
A man came into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop with some old photographs and asked for $50 for them. It is a pity for the seller, as the photos turned out to be made by Edward Curtis, who was a famous photographer who is known for his iconic portraits of Native Americans. Curtis was a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, and many of his works are stored in the Library Of Congress. Rick found out their real worth, and sold the images for $20,000!
JFK’s Humidor: $575,000
Right before John F. Kennedy instated the embargo on Cuba, which would effectively ban all trading between the US and the island nation, he made one last request. The president asked for 1,000 Petit Upmanns, his favorite Cuban cigar, presumably to stockpile them right before the ban. The cigar aficionado had humidors, which the Pawn Stars bought for $60,000 from someone asking for $95,000. However, the market value of a similar humidor has been shown to be a whopping $575,000. What a deal!