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Pawn Stars


Pawn Stars in one of the biggest hits on cable television. The four stars, the son, father, and grandfather, plus the son’s best friend have become near rock stars. Hopefully most viewers recognize that this is not a typical pawn shop. But then what in Vegas is typical. The show can be seen on History Channel, Mondays at 10/9c as well as many other times for repeats of this popular show, http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/Pawn Stars

Is “Pawn Stars” a Typical Pawn Shop

Being a lover of antiques, I enjoy the many varied things that come into the shop for the guys to see. If you have watched the other pawn show on cable, “Hardcore Pawn”, it is a little closer to a typical pawn shop, but much larger. Most pawn shops take in many more items on pawn than they buy outright. The inventory is much more boring than the varied inventory you see on “Pawn Stars.” Most pawn shops are full of tools, electronics, and jewelry, and a few other things. Watching “Pawn Stars” you get the idea that everyone is bringing all sorts of exciting things to sell (and not pawn). Of course this is what makes the show so exciting. How many viewers would the show have if all you saw was used tools, TVs and jewelry coming in to be pawned.

If you are a big fan of “Pawn Stars”, you can get one of the many shirts featuring everything from pictures of the stars to the employee shirts you see them wearing on the show, find them here. Soory a couple of the shirts didn’t show an image, but clicking on the link will give more information and a good picture. You can also find other sizes the same way.

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I’m sure the slow economy has been a boom for pawn shops, fueled even more by the skyrocketing prices for precious metals, where gold hit an all time high of over $1900 a few months ago. People are having a tough time in this economy and being forced to get rid of some things that they would not ordinarily think of selling. It is a quick and easy way to turn things into money. If you just need a short term loan to get you through a tough month, you can just pawn a few things if you want to get them back soon.

Here is a brief video introducing you to what you might expect on “Pawn Stars.”

Most pawn shops would not be interested in purchasing many of the things we see on “Pawn Stars.” Most pawn shops don’t have near the resources of this shop. And as I mentioned earlier, most pawn shops are not nearly this large. This shop is huge and has who knows how many employees. Other then the four stars, we don’t see many of the other employees to be able to see just how many they have. And not many pawn shops are open 24 hours a day, at least outside of Vegas. But they aren’t on television with tons of adoring fans, and I include myself in those numbers.

What Makes “Pawn Stars” so Popular ?

The interaction between the stars adds to fun of the show. We always want to know what Chumlee (@chumlee) is going to do next. Is the Old Man (sorry, no Twitter account) going to fall asleep at his desk this week? Will Rick (@GoldSilverPawn) and Corey(@corey_harrison) get into it about something? But I think the real stars of the show are the many different things that the people bring into the store. Most pawn shops will never have someone come into the store to try to sell a cannon or a silver spoon made by Paul Revere. The many varied items keep me coming back each week to see what they will have brought into their shop. We know they are going to have to call in one of them many experts on at least one item. We know Rick is going to offer quite a bit less than what he will really be willing to pay for the item. Chumlee is probably going to get in trouble for doing something stupid. But we have no idea what someone will be bringing to the Vegas shop to sell. Again, you would think no on wants to pawn something from watching the store. But we do get to see what at least this pawn shop is willing to pay for unusual items and what the experts have to say about the history and value of the items.

With the start of the new 2012 season just around the corner. I will be talking about some of my favorite items on coming shows. Feel free to comment on what you liked or didn’t like about the show or items on the show. You might even tell who your favorite Pawn star is. Remember to watch each new episode of “Pawn Stars” each Monday night on the History Channel.

40 Responses to “Pawn Stars”

  1. ramchandr sikligar says:

    I am handengrvar khanjar swords shiled axe

  2. rajiv shinha says:

    i have 1889, half anna indian coin,
    new pence D.G.REG.F.D 1981 ELIZABETH.II,
    HONG KONG TWO DOLLARS 1975,
    QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND,
    CANADA 10 CENT 1980,
    CANADA 1 CENT 1982 ELIZABETH.II
    D.G.REGINA,
    IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY ONE CENT U.S.A,

    I WANNA SELL ALL COIN PLZ REPLY

  3. I have a old oil painting his name is vzroun I wish is it anyway I can send you guys some pictures of it to see if it’s worth some thing I tryed to find it on the web I had no luck maybe you guys can help me thank u.

  4. gulshan says:

    I have a letter handwritten letter of gandhiji.and certificate that it is genuine.interested buyer contact

  5. Tom Renzelmann says:

    Are old slot machine tokens worth anything since they are not used any more. And money chips such as the ones used at blackjack tables worth anything From the 80s????

  6. Dorothy Taylor says:

    I have a picture of the Beatles that I would like to have praise

  7. Angie says:

    What about an antique whale spear?

  8. bobby says:

    I have view master reels of apollo project of 1996 moon landing

  9. kassy says:

    I have several authenticated pictures of things like star trek , Beatles and apollo 11 looking to sell please contact me any serious buyers

  10. Austin says:

    I have a picture of Nancy Sinatra and some other pictures I want to sell there are very old please reply

  11. Harpreet says:

    I have a Edward VII one quarter anna of 1907. Iwant to sell it on a good price. Please reply fast.

  12. Bruce Whitley says:

    Have a stainless steel pearl handled Victoria officers Susie victorious Switzerland stainless have a stainless steel pearl handled victoria officers soon victorious switzerland stainless Rostfrel with tweezers and pick excellent condition have lots of pictures if you need them would like to no the value to sell to you

  13. Bobndeb says:

    We have a vintage NIKON NIPPON Kogaku Tokyo camera with leather case, tripod, flash assembly, 3 lens including telephoto and more. It was donated for our annual garage sale that benefits our veterans and their families for the Christmas holidays. Can you tell me the value or what we should ask for this is selling on Craigslist or Offer Up? Thanks, God bless and pray for our troops

    • Chuck says:

      Sorry, I have no knowledge of values of vintage cameras. I would check online with eBay and other similar sites or just Google the name of the camera and see what comes up.

  14. James winfrey says:

    I have a Marshmallow Man 19 86 original in the package

  15. Vincent says:

    I have an 1864 us army, Massachusetts made bayonet, it was machined down from a saber and still in the original leather sheath. I have pics and contact info id like to sell this piece of American history

  16. I got,10,000 matchbox Antique for yesteryear y_1 pay 20 y_3got with trade seen go for 82.50 y_4 on lineno box I havebox I seen it go for186.00 I have 14 of yesteryear 12 of Major pack acessore pack 3 king size Ihave 22 Iwik wikia year1_75 10cars in boxs 2 no box 1_75,Lesney Series 60 cars in box 4 cars no boxs about 15 1_75 inthe fastyear or Newbox becuse the box say NEW on them then Ih
    Got a rare miss print box it the k_15 the black and don,t line up G_1Essco rare G_1 BP got the fire house set comewith truck,carwithcheff ,ambulances.garage or it like a shed very Rare lost my three boys and wife don,t need it to remine me I have no kids every time I look at it

  17. Daniel Hayward says:

    I have a proven to be authentic Union Civil war sword and sheath in very excellent condition, never sharpened for sale. I saw Rick buy one about two years ago for $1100.00 and sold it for over two thousand the same year. This one is in much better condition than the one he bought. I have pictures.

    • Daniel Hayward says:

      Oh, forgot. When my great great grandfather came back from fighting as a private in the Union Army, he brought this with him. Not sure how he got it but Its been in the family ever since.

  18. Dhruvan Laddha says:

    I have a 1884 victoria empress one rupee silver coin .
    I am from Rajasthan ,India

  19. viena salazar says:

    Hi i have a question how much is 1944 penny worth

  20. frank noce says:

    I have an original November 1966 issue of Popular science. This issue features Steve McQueen on the cover with his article & pictures of his building his own motor cycle. would you be interested in purchasing it. The condition ,its 50 years old & not been protected ,but not misused or torn. If interested shoot me a price Thanks
    Frank Noce 3667 Pallos Verdas drive ,Dallas Tx. 75229 Dallas Texas

  21. Rachel says:

    I have a few old paintings from good artist

  22. moin says:

    I have got antique articles articles articles in jedite jade stone….

  23. Abdul fathack says:

    Shall we buy antique accessories from pawn stars through online from India its possible.?

  24. Ken says:

    I have a big pocket knife the name on it is broomhead thomas elegant dirk it is in good shape i look on the web cant find any knfe with two name

  25. sarvesh vyas says:

    200 year old antique clock plz urgent sell plz contact us my phone number9166464299

  26. Romil jain says:

    to buy Cll me 9429004340 i have very old copper coin Indian coin very old near by 50+ want to buy Cll me

  27. r says:

    pleas buy my old coins

  28. shashi bhushan says:

    i have a coin of 1946 george V1 king emperor.nd i want to sell it.

  29. Aniket Bhattacharjee says:

    My coin collection consist of many coins of British India

  30. tushar khatri says:

    i have old coin of 19th and 20th century.i want to sell them
    and i live on india how i sell the coin to u

  31. irene says:

    i have 9pcs.rollsroyce toys car.original package,1905 1930,and lots of old picture frame and history books of the rollsroyce.i want to sell all those stuff.i live in winnipeg manitoba.

  32. Herman says:

    I have a U.S Navy jacket from Vietnam war, I would like to see if it’s worth anything.

  33. I have 1901 Victoria silver coin and many oldest coins.
    I want to sell them and l am the fan of the pawn st.

  34. Jack brown says:

    I have a declaration of Independence and constitutional rights. Both were copies of the plates in 1823 and only 200 copies were put out. I wanted to know if you may be interested.

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