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- This is a badass car, Corey.

- I have never seen one of these before in my life.

I feel like you just brought me, like,

a piece of Picasso's hair.

- [chuckles]

- On tonight's episode...

A gamer brings in the holy grail.

- Everyone knows Mario, and this is probably

the most significant piece of video game history.

And how many of those survive sealed?


- Chum puts on his thinking cap

over a valuable, ancient artifact.

- I've got goose bumps. I just don't see these things.

- Well, I got goose bumps now too.

- And I check out one hell of a sports car--

personally designed by racing legend Carroll Shelby.

This thing's gotta be fast.

- It's very fast.

[tires squealing]

- Holy [bleep].

[rock music]

♪ ♪

- Hey, Rick,

I found some glasses

that might actually work for you.

- [laughs]

- Land ho!

♪ ♪

Check this out. - Okay, these are pretty cool.

These are field binoculars.

This is World War II era, right?

- Yep.

- Let me see, here.

- Can you see out of those?

- Yeah.

- It's worth its weight in gold if it lets you see.

- Ah.

[rocket screeching]

- I have a rare set of German World War II 10x80 binoculars.

Just bought a new home so the money will go

to help pay for that.

I'd like to get $5,000 for these binoculars.

- It's amazing. So where did you get this?

- I bought these in Germany.

In the city that they were manufactured in.

- You were in the military? You were in the army?

- I was in the military, stationed with

Army's 8th Division in Bad Kreuznach

in the mid-'60s.

- Okay.

- Can you see the Moon with these things?

- Kind of, yeah? Schneider's, right?

- Yes.

- Schneider Optics. They've been around since,

I think, before World War I.

They're really super high-quality optics.

In the aviation business they use these things

because there's no equivalent.

- Right.

- Can see it's 10x80 which means it has a really wide

field of view.

See the giant lenses up front? - Uh-huh.

- They let in a tremendous amount of light.

- The optics are much, much better than a normal telescope.

- Yeah, I mean, far as normal binoculars,

these are about as good as you can get.

- What's that made out of?

- Well, these are steel. These are glass es.

A lot of manufacturing, in Germany

and all around the world, suffered during World War II

because would, like, get so much out the door.

That didn't happen with Schneider.

Let me--let me see here.

The diopters still work.

It's got ND filters in it. That's cool.

You ever get your eyes tested? - Yeah.

- You remember the different lenses change?

- Yeah. - Has that in there too.

- Tremendous, like you said, field of vision and clarity.

Used by wildlife enthusiasts, by bird watchers,

even bird watchers here in Las Vegas

that like to look at the two-legged dimes.

[wolf whistle]

- [chuckles]

That's a little creepy. All right--[laughs]

These are super collectible because people still use these.

How much you want for it?

- I'm looking to get $5,000.

- American dollars?

- U.S. American dollars.

- Um...

They're in really good condition.

Generally, a lot of times, you just see this,

not even this apparatus or anything else like that.

So let me give you two grand.

- 3,750.

- 2,200?

I mean, I have to pay people like this.

- As you can see, I work very hard.

- [laughs]

- 25.

They'll be in your shop less than a month.

- Um...

An equivalent new pair of binoculars today cost

$10 to $15,000.

It's still not gonna give you

this kind of optics, this kind of light coming in.


♪ ♪

2,500 bucks, we got a deal. - Thank you.

- You wanna go write him up, Chum?

- Come on, let's write it up.

♪ ♪

- Yep, I'm definitely seeing a profit here.

♪ ♪

- Corey and I are on our way to Celebrity Cars

to check out a Shelby Series 1--

one of the baddest, fastest cars to ever hit the road.

This is a badass car, Corey.

Can't wait to show it to you.

- And I'm actually kind of excited

because I have never seen one of these before in my life.

- This car is very limited.

I'm talking like a leprechaun in the wild.

Not to mention, this car could be worth

hundreds of thousands of dollars.

- There's a lot of them in here, apparently.

I've never been here before.

- Rick's been looking for an excuse to buy a Shelby

for a long time.

But before I bring the big boss in,

I'm gonna bring Big Hoss in.

We can get a little sneak peak

and maybe even take it for a test drive.

There it is, check it out.

[engine revving]

♪ ♪

- Wow. Cool.

- These are one of the Shelbys that they actually built

from the ground up.

Hey, how you doing?

Hi, guys. How are you? - Good to see you.

- Scott.

- How you doing, Scott? - Hi, Corey.

Here it is, the 1999 Shelby Series 1.

- Chum, you never cease to amaze me with this stuff.

- I've been here once or twice.

Let's just say they have a few good cars

every once in a while.

- I feel like you just brought me, like,

a piece of Picasso's hair.

- [laughs]

Chumlee gave me a call, heard about our 1999 Series 1

and wanted to come take a look at it.

This Shelby is extremely fast, it is super rare,

and it happens to be the only car

that Carroll Shelby developed and built from the ground up.

I'm selling this Shelby for $149,000.

- This car is beautiful.

When I think of Shelby, I think of Ford,

you know, Mustang.

Most people never get to see this car, you know?

- Well, most of the ones that you've seen are silver.

There were only six made in black.

You'll find that all of the other cars

have a gray to silver interior.

This is the only one in black.

It's got a 4.0 Aurora stock car motor in it.

Got about 400 horsepower with the supercharger

that's been added.

This one's just shy of 2,700 pounds.

So this is extremely fast.

- How many miles does this have on it?

- This car has just over 17,000 miles.

- So it's still under warranty. - [laughs]

- That's barely even broke in, man.

- You got, like, a real Eleanor here, huh?

- It's a real Eleanor, yeah.

- Mythical thing that no one's ever seen before.

- Yeah.

- What're you even looking to get out of it, man?

- We're asking $149,000.

♪ ♪

- $149,000. Okay, um...

- I think we need to get your dad down here

to check this out. - Yeah, all right.

- Let me give him a call, see if he can race down here.

- All right.

- My dad loves race cars, especially Shelbys.

And since this one was built by the legend himself,

I know my dad would want to see this.

[rock music]

♪ ♪

- Hey, Mr. Harrison.

- Hey, how's it going?

- I have an autographed endorsement signed by

President Andrew Johnson.

- Okay.

- And he dated it April 26th, 1865,

11 days after the Lincoln assassination.

- Johnson took up the role as president

after Lincoln was assassinated.

But it would have been much better

if Lincoln stayed around.

- [laughs]

I'm here at the pawn shop to sell my Andrew Johnson

autograph endorsement sign.

I acquired this item from auction about six months ago.

If I make a deal today, I'm probably gonna use the funds

towards a new vehicle.

- That's cool.

Andrew Johnson was really interesting.

He was just wholly unprepared for the job.

People were asking him for jobs.

He had no backbone to say "no, we got enough.

We don't need you."

He would just say "Yeah, we'll give you a job."

And there was a lot of complaints about that.

So the House of Representatives impeached him

for firing one of his cabinet members.

- It's just a very unique item 'cause it's one of

the first signed materials

Andrew Johnson signed as president.

- Says "Washington D.C., April 23rd, 1865,

"The honorable Edwin M. Stanton,

"Secretary of War.

"Sir, I have the pleasure to apply for a clerkship

"in your department and"-- something "With great respect,

your obedient servant, Leopold Becker."

It's really interesting.

I like the fact that it's just a few days after

he became president.

- And then, this is entirely written

in Johnson's hand as well.

Uh, from "respectfully" up until the date

at the end, here.

- Okay.

So my problem is, he injured his right hand really badly

and he could sign his name, but he couldn't sign

a lot of things.

So, um, whenever I see his signature,

I get a little leery.

♪ ♪

How much you want for this?

- I'd like 1,500.

- Let me have someone take a look at it.

I'll be right back.

- I think that sounds great. - Okay.

And hopefully it doesn't take him four score and seven years

to show up.

- So I have a guy in the shop with a letter signed

by our 17th president, Andrew Johnson.

- It's one of the first signed materials

Andrew Johnson signed as president,

11 days after the Lincoln assassination.

- Whenever I see his signature, I get a little leery.

Andrew Johnson had a damaged hand, so most of his signatures

were actually done by his secretary.

It's really rare to see an actual signature by him.

So I have Steve Grad coming down to the shop

and he'll explain it all to us.

Hey, what's up man? - What's happening?

Good to see you.

- Here we go, what I called you about.

Andrew Johnson. - Oh, great president.

- Yeah. [laughter]

I know Andrew Johnson had a messed up hand.

And, um, secretarial signed a lot.

He had a stamp, and I think he had something to do

with an autopen too.

- No--well, not autopen yet.

He did use a stamp, though, and it's one of the earliest guys

to really use that.

And I mean, it was just much easier.

I mean, imagine, you know,

they'd present these big documents

and piles of stuff for these guys to sign all the time,

and he's trying to run the United States of America

during reconstruction.

So he just couldn't keep up with the volume of stuff.

So I want to take a look at, obviously, the ink to just

kind of see what we're dealing with here.

The first thing I always like to look at

when we inspect stuff,

I want to magnify the signature.

You know, right away you could see here

it's obviously not a stamp.

You start seeing the inconsistencies, obviously,

using a quill, where it gets darker, lighter,

depending on pressure you'd get more ink on there.

And you would expect this, okay, but I do want to

take a look at it compared to his authentic signature.

So we take a look at here...

♪ ♪

And here's his full name signature.

No breaks, you have the break in between,

but no breaks in his name.

So absolutely no doubt about it,

the ink's great, it's live, it's perfect.

Authentic signature.

- So what's it worth?

[cymbal swells]

- Based on everything here, obviously the ink's fine,

signature looks great, matches with the exemplars perfect.

About $600.

- Okay.

Well, thanks man, I appreciate it.

- Good to see you. Have a good one.

- Okay, so um, what's your best price on it?

- Would you go 1,250?

- Mm, no. - [laughs]

- No, I mean, no. It's not that collectible

- Well, m-make me an offer.

- 400 bucks.

- [laughs] - That's it.

That's my top dollar. It really is.

It's gonna be hard to sell. It really is.

- I mean, my bottom line was $800.

- Okay.


- Any Abraham Lincoln assassination collector

would be interested in this piece.

- You want 400 bucks? I'll give you 400 bucks.

- I-I just can't do it, I'm sorry.

- Maybe next time you get something else.

- All right, sounds good.

- Have a good one. - Thank you, Mr. Harrison.

- Based on auction records, I have seen several

sell for about 15 to 2,000.

Rick was basing his offer

off of the authenticator's appraisal,

but I just personally disagree.

- The guys called me up and asked me to meet them here

at Celebrity Cars for some sort of surprise.

I don't know what I'm walking into,

but these people have some of the most unique

and cool cars in all of Vegas.

- I really like all these cars, Rick.

- So I grabbed my car expert James

and we're gonna go and check it out.


Now this is a car.

1928 Cadillac V8.

This is what a car should be.

This was a car that was designed impressive,

and massive, and created a statement

cruising down the road.

- It's too old.

[music slows to a halt]

- Dude, it is so gangster, though.

I mean, look at that hood ornament.

- I have to admit, it does say "gangster."

- Hey, what's up?

- It's actually Al Capone's car.

- This was actually Al Capone's car?

- We have extensive paperwork to show

where this car came from and all the history on it.

- Al Capone is one of the most famous gangsters

in the '30s.

He ran Chicago, and he controlled the judges,

he controlled the cops.

- Hey, you're talking about Al Capone and everything

I need you to tell me about this Shelb--

- Hold on a second, dude. I mean, appreciate it for a m--

We'll look at that in a minute. Just appreciate this car, okay.

I mean, this is art.

- Sometimes my dad gets distracted

by the sound of his own voice.

- This is the way metal should be laid out on a car.

I mean, look at how big those tires are.

- And you just kinda gotta wait it out.

- That's like inch-thick glass.

That's all they had for bulletproofing back then.

They don't make stuff like this anymore.

- How much you want for it?

- $1 million.

- So where's the car we came to look at?


- Over here, Pops. - Okay, all right.

- See, now that's a nice car.

- That is a cool car.

♪ ♪

- Carroll Shelby, you know, he made his name racing.

He was racing all over Europe.

And while racing he had this idea of taking these small

European cars and putting in big Ford V8 motors in there,

which was the Shelby Cobra that we all know and love today.

- Can we check out the engine? - Yeah.

- Shelby, with his race experience and driving,

wanted this thing to handle.

- I like the link suspension.

I've only seen that in race cars.

- You have a really big, wide tire up front.

There's not a lot of extra room inside

for your shocks and stuff, so the actual coilover shocks,

with the reservoirs, are on the inside,

where it's pushing and pulling against each other.

- Yeah, 'cause I've driven a teeny little Shelby Cobra

with a 454 in it and it can get away from you

really, really easy.

Is the whole frame aluminum?

- It's pressed and heat treated aluminum.

- 2,750 pounds, this thing's gotta be fast.

- It's very fast.

- The numbers it was putting down were supercar numbers,

170 miles per hour.

- That is definitely impressive.

- So how much you want for it?

- $149,000.

- Okay.

Can I spin it around for a while?

- Yeah. - No.

I'll be the one "spinning it around for a while," Rick.

You can watch. - Um...

Do you even know how to drive a stick?

- Better than you.

- What car did you have that was a stick shift?

- My Geo Metro.


- Just me and James, guys. Not you.

My money, and he's the car expert, so...

♪ ♪

Have a nice day, see you back at work.

- All right, well, last time I call you to help.

- All right, let's go to lunch.

[doors thumping]

- Shelbys are one of my all-time favorite cars,

and they're a definite must for any car collector.

I'm sure I could find a buyer,

but I just might keep this one for myself.


The human obsession with speed started long before

Carroll Shelby started tinkering with V8s

in his garage.

In 1947, an Italian born former mechanic named Enzo Ferrari

changed the game.

Ferrari became the standard for endurance racing,

and Ford, here in the good old USA, couldn't accept it.

So they tried to buy the company and the man,

but in 1963, the whole deal fell through.

Enter Carroll Shelby.

An ex-chicken-farmer...

[chicken clucking]

Turned race car driver and designer.

So his design to beat the legendary Enzo Ferrari?

Take a Mustang V8, put fuel injection on it,

put it in a copy of a European sports car.

Next thing you know, you have a GT40.

In 1966 at Le Mans, a 24-hour endurance race

that no American constructed car had ever won,

Shelby took the checkered flag in the GT40.

[engine revving]

- Today I'm test driving a Shelby Series 1

made by the legend himself.

Anything Shelby is one of my favorite cars.

They're tailor-made for you,

they're absolute beasts on the road.

The best way to describe it-- it's just stupid fast.

It's light, it handles, it corners.

It has so much power, it is almost dangerous.

But for 149,000, I have to make sure

it's a perfect fit for me.

- You made it.

What did you think of the ride?

- Well, it's fast!

Which, I really shouldn't be telling you that

because usually when you test drive a car,

you shouldn't drive it fast, but you can't help yourself

with this car. - Nope.

- So how much you want for this thing?

- $149,000.

[tense music]

- [sighs]

♪ ♪

I am really, really tempted at that price.

Everything about the car is great.

There's hardly any of these, so I thought this would be

really, really cool to have.

It's super fast. It's super cool.


It doesn't fit me.

It's like three sizes too small.

Did you see where my head went in that car?

- I did. Your eyes were pretty much

lined up with the top of the windshield,

there, yeah.

- The whole time driving, he's ducking down.

- Yeah.

- I sort of got a little crick in my neck,

trying to look through the windshield.

I thought I'd fit.

- Fair enough.

- Have a good one, man.

I mean, I like the car 'cause it's different.

I mean, like, everybody's got a Ferrari.

- But it could be a birthday gift for Chum after you--

- No, I would never buy that for Chum. No. No.

I mean, did you see what he was wearing today?

- That was kind of funny.

♪ ♪

- Hey. how you doing? - Doing well.

How's it going?

- Pretty good. What can I do for you?

- Uh, just came in to sell my helmet, here.

- How did you get this?

- So we were at an estate sale, me and my sister,

and I came across it and thought it was super cool.

It reminded me of an old football helmet, you know,

from, like, the 1800s.

- Are you a football player or something?

- Yeah, used to be.

[dramatic music]

- I feel like Magneto.

Xavier won't get anything from me.

♪ ♪

- I'm here at the pawn shop today to try and sell

my iron helmet.

It's really, really old looking, and kind of thought

it'd just be something cool to have.

I've done a little bit of research on it,

and I'm hoping to sell the helmet today,

here for about $750.

- Man, this thing is sexy.

I'm by far no expert on these,

but it looks like the craftsmanship,

of the time, from the 6th, 7th, 8th century, you know?

They obviously didn't have the same type of tools we have

for precision cutting and stuff, today, so--

it just looks really, really cool.

It's an Anglo-Saxon helmet.

They would have been worn by, you know, all kinds of people.

Even the Vikings would have worn something similar,

like this.

I think this is made out of iron.

I'm pretty buff, so it doesn't seem very heavy but, I mean,

it probably weighs, what, about five to eight pounds, maybe,

I'm thinking? - Yeah.

- If you're getting an arrow shot at your head

I'd rather have this than a piece of wood there, right?

- Yeah.

- This is gonna protect you a lot more.

How much are you looking to get?

- Uh, I wanna get 750 for it.

- [exhales]


honestly I don't know if it's worth 750,

$7.50, or $7,000.

I really have no idea.

If it's real, it could be worth more than that.

I'd like to have my guy come down, test it,

see if it's from the period,

and maybe we'll be able to make a deal.

- Awesome, sounds great.

- All right, find something to buy, just in case

you get some money for this.

- Appreciate it, thank you.

I'm really excited for an expert to come in

and take a look at it.

I'm hoping he can authenticate it

so I can get exactly what I want.

♪ ♪

- Hey. How's it going? - Good. How are you doing?

- What do we got?

- We got a Von Dutch limited edition book,

and this is his design of his original pin striping case.

- The stubborn Dutchman. - Yep.

[cuckoo clock sounding]

I came into the pawn shop today

to sell my limited edition, numbered Von Dutch book.

The book's in great condition.

It's only been opened but

no one's really looked through the pages.

I'm hoping to get about $375 for it.

- It's pretty cool.

So Kenneth Robert Howard, known as Von Dutch,

the stubborn Dutchman, typical artist.

He was a pin striper. He painted cars.

He was at the forefront of that whole culture thing

in the '50s in southern California.

He kind of got tied to that.

He never thought that he was gonna become a brand.

Well, let's open it up. Let me take a look at it.

- Yeah. This is, like, a replica of the box he used,

you know, to carry all his supplies in.

- This is kind of credited to Von Dutch,

the flying eyeball logo.

Is it inside the book?

- Oh, here's all different variations of eyeballs.

- There you go.

He did all kinds of them in the '50s.

When you think about it,

it wasn't something you saw a lot back then.

- Well, anyway, it's a neat, interesting book.

- What are you looking to do with it?

- Oh, I'm looking to sell it.

- How much you trying to get?

- Uh, about $375. - Okay.

You have, basically,

what's a really nice coffee table book.

Um, will you take 100 bucks for it?

- Ugh.

Just the book, alone, sells for 125, you know?

It's been used.

- I understand, man, but when was the last time you saw

someone wearing a Von Dutch hat?

- Uh, yesterday at the pool.

- That's kind of my point behind it.

They overdid it to the point with him where it's just

stuff's really not worth that much.

They exploited something that was cool so much,

it just became not cool.

I really--I really couldn't offer you more than 100 bucks.

♪ ♪

- Uh, I can't-- I just can't do it.

- Well, if you change your mind, I'm always here.

- All right. - Appreciate it.

- Thank you.

Well, the guy offered me $100

and it's just too low for what it is

and there only being 300 of them produced.

I guess he was being a stubborn pawn broker

for not giving me what I wanted.

- A guy brought in an awesome iron Anglo-Saxon helmet,

which I think is from the 6th to 8th century.

Plus it looks really cool on me.

♪ ♪

I feel like Magneto.

But I have no idea what kind of value it carries,

so Bob's gonna come down and help me get heads or tails

on this thing.

Hey, Bob. How you doing?

- Chumlee, how you doing, bud?

- Whoa! Whoa! It wasn't me.

- Take a step back. - [chuckles]

- So that's what you called me down for.

I thought you said you had a "sexy" helmet.

- Oh, well it was on me, so it was sexy

for quite a few minutes.

- No, it's not a sexy helmet.

What you've got appears to be

an authentic Anglo-Saxon helmet.

But to find one in this condition--

you just don't find them.

Iron doesn't last for 1,500 years.

When you find them, th're usually powder.

So, my guess, this wouldn't have been found

in the ground.

It would have either been in a bog or, possibly, a river.

Someplace where there wasn't a whole lot of oxygen

that could get to it to have it deteriorate.

- What do you gotta do to test it out and make sure it's real?

- This little gun will shoot a little beam of X-ray into it.

If everything goes right, the XRF is going to show me

the metals it's made out of. - Okay.

- And that will tell me if it's carbon steel,

which is how it would have been made 1,500 years ago.

So let's take a look at it.

[dramatic music]

So it's made of 99.76% iron. - Okay.

- And then traces of copper,

zinc, chromium-- this is carbon steel.

So this is what it should be made out of.

- Okay.

It's official.

- It's a one-in-a-million.

I mean it's that rare.

I've got goose bumps.

I just don't see these things.

I mean, this is just--

- Well, I got goose bumps now too.


What kind of person would, you know,

collect something like this?

- It's a museum piece or somebody

who is a refined collector,

and wants to show off that

"man, I've got something that nobody else has."

It's very desirable.

- All right, and the most important question--

what's it worth?

- A lot.

15 thou.

- [exhales]


- $15,000.

- Now I'm sad I didn't buy it for 750.

- Shouldn't have called me.

- Well, I appreciate you coming in.

- My pleasure.

- If I make a sale, I'll give you a call and let you know.

See you later.

♪ ♪

All right.

He said it's worth about 15,000.

It's a small market, but it is desirable.

Would you be able to take...


- Sev--no.

Can't do 7,500. The expert said 15,000,

so I think we'll start at 15,000?

It's a one-in-a-million find.

- I'm not gonna be able to pay you 15,000 for it.

You gotta give me some room in here. What--

Give me a good number that you'd be happy with.

- How about, uh, 11,000?

- 11,000 is a lot better than 15,000,

but still more than I wanna pay.


- Can you come up a little bit more than 95?

I know he was just telling you the rarity of it

and the condition it's in.

- I really can't.

9,500 leaves me a good amount of room.

And I have to sell it.

It could sit here for a year, it could sit here for two days.

- $10,000?

- Ten big ones.

I'm not gonna let it walk over 500,

so for $10,000, you have a deal.

- $10,000, it's yours.

- Pleasure. - I'll meet you over

at the counter.

- I'm in shock. I had no idea it was worth that much.

I can't believe I'm leaving here today with $10,000.

It just blows my mind.

♪ ♪

- Hello. - Hello.

- What do we have here?

- Have those little figurines.

- "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"

"Three little pigs."

This is cool.

- And the Little Red Riding Hood.

- That's "Chum-pig."

And this one is called "Corey-pig."

Okay, and this is called "Rick-pig."

Okay? And these are really, really lazy, and they built

really, really cheap houses.

Corey and Chum go over here--

"Hey, Rick, can we go in your house?

Because the big bad wolf's after us."

And I'll go, like, "Fine."

Okay, and I save the day, as usual.


[pig squealing]

- I came to the shop today

'cause I wanna sell my figurines.

I got my figurines from my grandparents.

I wasn't a big fan of the story.

I think it has a sad ending.

If I can sell them for $500,

I'm getting some new shoes.

- It's probably been 40 years since I've seen this cartoon.

Not exactly considered kid-friendly nowadays.

So, I mean, this was 1933

when this cartoon came out.

There was double features all the time.

And in between the movies they had the short little cartoons.

Okay? And Disney Studios made a ton of them.

They were actually a big draw to the movie theaters,

and this one was really popular

This is really early on in Disney,

and he started marketing all this stuff.

I mean, this might have been a whole setup since, you know,

we got the wolf and the three little pigs.

Throw Little Red Riding Hood in it and now we have two stories.

These are in amazing shape.

These were really, really inexpensive.

They were played with kids.

Usually they were chipped up

and destroyed almost immediately.

- They've been in the box for a long time.

- All right, so how much you want for them?

- I was thinking about 500.

- [sighs]

If this was 1933 Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck,

you would have an absolute fortune here.

But it's not Mickey Mouse, it's not Donald Duck,

it's the three little pigs.

I was thinking about 150 bucks.

- That's a lot less than what I was thinking.

- I really believe I can get, like, 250 for these things.

I'm not gonna get rich on these.

- If you can get 250, can you give me 200?

- I'll tell you what, I'll do 185.

♪ ♪

- Okay, I'll take 185.

- All right, deal. - Thank you very much.

- I'll meet you right over there

and we'll do some paperwork. - Thank you.

- I huff and I puff

and I try and get Corey and Chum to do work.

Never seems to work.

♪ ♪

- Hey. How's it going? - Good, good.

- I have this to offer you.

- And this is?

- This is the earliest sticker sealed "Super Mario Bros."

Nintendo game.

- That's pretty amazing.

I know some of them go for a lot of money.


- What?

- Can you come over here and help me for a moment?

- What's up, Rick?

- Okay, the guy has a--I guess this is a really early one?

- The earliest print of-- still sealed--

of "Super Mario Bros." in existence.

- Oh, wow.

- Just never really been into video games.

I still like pinball.

- [laughs]

[electronic bloop]

- I'm coming into the pawn shop today

to sell my "Super Mario Bros." Nintendo game.

It's the only sticker sealed version of "Super Mario Bros."

known to exist.

It's unique. It's a part of history.

This is the most important video game,

in my opinion, that exists.

I'm hoping to sell it for a million dollars.

- "Super Mario Bros."

Him and his brother, Luigi, you know,

would go in the sewers of New York

and battle the bad guys in hopes to save the princess.

The character of Mario actually started

in the game "Donkey Kong" over in Japan.

And "Super Mario Bros." is pretty much what started

video games consoles, as we know, like,

here in America today.

- Okay, so, this was the first game on the Nintendo console.

- Correct.

In retro gaming, Nintendo is the most collectible,

specifically the NES.

Um, which this is.

- Do you mind if I take a look?

- Absolutely, sure.

- Oh, this is the-- yeah.

This isn't the shrink-wrapped version.

This is the sticker sealed version,

which I don't know too much about,

but I know these are pretty rare.

- This one also happens to be an incredibly high grade.

Even if other ones are found,

there's no way it's gonna come close to this condition.

- All right. How much do you want for it?

- It's a piece of history.

It's something that's hard for me to part with,

but I would sell it for a million dollars.

- A million dollars?

- Yep.

- All right, um...

- That's a lot of money for a video game.

- I agree. It is a lot of money.

- I know there's video game collecting going on.

I know I've seen some recent auctions

where I was sort of shocked

when, like, there's some video game

sold for $29,000, just the cartridges.

But I didn't know the market exists for six-figure games,

much less a million n ar game.

From all my research, WATA is the company that grades these.

These are the ones you trust.

So I'm actually gonna go call them up

and see if I can get one of their guys down here.

I would really like to get their opinion.

But, no offense, I mean, I just never heard of a video game

going for a million dollars,

and I just don't know if that exists or not.

Okay, I will be, um, right back.

- Okay.

- I think Mario hit him on the head with a pipe wrench.


[rock music]

♪ ♪

- Hey. How's it going?

- Good. How are you?

- What in the world is that?

- I have a Madballs monster bat.

It was my brother's,

and I heard it was worth

a little something-something.

- Do you mind if I take a look at it?

- Yeah, absolutely.

- You had an older brother.

Did he used to hit you with this or anything?

- He did, yes.

Which is why I want to get rid of it.

- [laughs]

[lion growling]

- I came to the pawn shop today

to see if I can try and sell my Madball monster bat.

The condition is in pretty good shape.

There's a little bit of wear and tear.

My brother did play it a lot,

but I did a little bit of research.

With the condition that it's in, I'm thinking 100 bucks.

- Well, that's different.

A 1980s Madballs monster bat.

I think they were playing off the Garbage Pail Kids,

or something like that.

It was kind of like a game you would play.

Almost like a baseball game.

- Yeah.

- I was five when this stuff was around.

So you don't have a box or anything with it, do you?

- No.

- Just it is? - Yeah.

- I know if I had this when I was a kid, my--

would definitely have beaten the hell out of my brother

with it, that's for sure.

- Yeah. We took turns.

- So what are you looking to do with it?

- Well, sell it? [laughs]

It's kinda creepy.

- Yeah, I can imagine.

[monster laughing]

Any idea what you want for it?

- I mean, I don't know. I'll take 100 bucks for it.

- Okay, um, would you mind if I have a buddy of mine

come down and take a look at it?

- Sure.

- I'm just really not sure if it's worth anything at all.

- Okay. - All right.

So hang out, I'll be right back.

- Okay.

I'm hoping that, maybe, the expert coming by

means that it's, like, rare

and that I can get more than 100 bucks for it.

[rock music]

♪ ♪

- A customer's in the shop right now

with a 1980s Madballs monster bat.

To the right buyer, these novelty toys

could sell for huge amounts of money.

So before I can make an offer,

I need to know a little bit more about it,

and Steve's the right guy for the job.

What's up, Steve?

- Hey. What's up, Corey? How are you?

- Doing good.

So I got this bat.

Uh, I believe it's from Madballs.

- Didn't you have these when you were a kid?

Madballs? Everybody had them.

♪ ♪

The company AmToy, which was known for making, like,

Care Bears and all these, like, cutesy toys, right,

they kind of were missing out on the boy market,

and they produced Madballs.

- I mean, I barely remember the commercials,

when I was a kid.

[monster laughing]

So what was, like, the concept of the game?

- So it wasn't necessarily a game, but the initial plan

for marketing, let's say, was that--why not make

a Wiffle ball bat and see if we can create kids

to play with it that way.

But, um, the truth of the matter, though,

the Madball bats didn't really function like a ball would.

You know, most cases the ball would bounce

all over the place.

- So how long was the Madball phase around?

- When it first came out, only a couple of years.

But what's funny is, it's continued to be rebranded.

They've done comic books.

There's been video games done after Madballs.

There's even been a clothing line.

And, actually, the clothing are doing really well right now.

- I had no idea that they were even--even around still.

- So do you mind if I take a look at it and see?

- Sure, go ahead.

- Because they were played with so much,

because they were used as an actual bat, um,

generally are beat up really bad.

Um, I do notice that he does have a little crack

in the tooth there and then, also, the nose is dented.

But the fact that most of the black is still intact,

I think that's a pretty nice example of one of these bats.

♪ ♪

- Okay, um, so what's it worth?

- So there's collectors for this.

It's a neat item.

I think that you wouldn't have too much of a problem

selling it.

So in the condition it's in,

um, I think you'd have no problem getting $350 for it.

- Sweet.

- Okay, cool. Appreciate it.

- Thanks. Good luck.

- Thank you.

- I guess neither one of us really knew what you had here,

and I feel like I've kinda taken advantage of you

if I'd offered you 100.

So, I'll tell you what, I'll do 250.

- I mean, yeah. I was down for 100

so I'll take 250.

- All right, cool. - Thank you.

- Meet me over there, we're gonna do some paperwork.

- All right.

I am more than happy with 250.

Probably go treat myself to a little shopping spree.


[rock music]

♪ ♪

- So I got a guy in the shop with a 1980s

"Super Mario Bros." game cartridge.

I know these things can be worth a lot of money,

but a million dollars seems like way next level.

So I got a hold of WATA,

the video game grading company,

and they're sending the owner down to help me out.

So he wants a million dollars for this thing,

which I think is insane.

- Yeah, I remembered, and I know why he's asking

astronomical money on this one.

This is probably the most significant piece

of video game history that's ever passed through

our grading company.

♪ ♪

- Okay, and he also said that this was the best condition?

- Yeah, so what makes this special--

there's a lot of different indicators.

First, you're gonna see this sticker,

so it's not shrink-wrapped.

It's from the test market launch of the NES,

as far as we know, which was only in 1985 and 1986.

No one even knew who Nintendo was.

But back then, they were just another company.

Once they started mass producing these

and sending them across the country,

they had to have something that would last

on the shelves longer,

which is also why seeing this in this condition is just--

it's a complete anomaly.

This is the second print. And it's the earliest known.

There's no other second prints, or even first prints known

that are still sealed.

So we don't know the exact number of copies

that were printed in the first test market launch,

but we're estimating it's somewhere around

the 10,000 print run.

And how many of those survive sealed?

One, as far as we know.

- So if this went into an auction today,

your estimate would be...

- It's really hard to tell.

It hasn't sold on the open market.

As video games are starting to be viewed more as art

and history, not just these relics of nostalgia,

this is it.

This is the one that started it all.

It's got the trifecta.

It's got rarity, it's got popularity--

everyone knows Mario,

and it's got significance to collectors.

Um, but you know, with things like this

it's high-risk, high-reward.

I know of firm offers that have been turned down at $300,000.

Goes up from there. There's no ceiling, really.

♪ ♪

- Okay, I learned a lot today. - Absolutely.

My pleasure, anytime.

Good luck. - Thank you.

- At first I thought you were crazy.


I'm literally a little bit shocked

and a little bit speechless.

But realistically, what do you want for it?

- Um, I'm asking a million dollars.

♪ ♪

- There's a big business in these, right here,

and I've just been looking into, maybe,

getting into it a little bit,

but I'm not gonna get into it

with this kind of figures to start with.

- I understand, I understand.

- So, um, have a great day. I learned a lot.

And, um, obviously I have a lot of research to do.

- Hm. Well, thank you for your time.

I appreciate it.

It's good to meet you. - All right, have a good one.

- Thank you.

I'm okay that no offer was made.

I'm happy to keep the game.

And it's a piece of history

so I'm happy to have it in my collection.

♪ ♪

- Come on, Corey, go that way!

- Dude, I've never played these things before.

I don't even know if I'm going the right way.

- You are. Just look out for the banana peels.

- Are you serious? - Yes!


First place, boys!

- Hey, Whoa, Whoa.

What are you guys doing in my office?

- I wanted to get a little tournament going

after we saw that Super Mario cartridge, I was feeling it.

- Corey watch out for the banana peels.

- They don't make you go faster?

- You guys, get out of my office.

You're not even wearing shoes!

- You want me to put shoes on your couch?

- [exhales heavily]

- Get up, all of you. Get outta here.

- Come on.

- [sighs] This thing's stupid anyways.

I can't figure it out.

♪ ♪

- This is so much cooler than the old ones.


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