In this week’s first episode of “Pawn Stars” the staff gets a chance to buy a Colt Patterson revolver, a 1955 GMC truck, and an animation cell from the cartoon, “Tennessee Tuxedo.”
A man comes into the shop wanting to sell his Colt Patterson revolver. He bought it on an auction on the Internet. The Colt Patterson was made by Samuel Colt and the Texas Rangers made this very reliable revolver popular. The owner bought it for $4,000 and would like to sell it to Rick for $100,000. Fans know that Rick isn’t going to let go of $100,000 without calling in an expert to take a look at it.
Jemison, the Colt expert, tells the staff a little about the Colt Patterson. It was named Colt Patterson because Samuel Colt made it in Patterson, New Jersey. Imagine, it could have been called the Colt New Jersey if it was named after the state instead of te city. Like Rick, Jemison doesn’t think that this gun is a real Colt. There are modern screws in it and it isn’t hand-made. The expert also compared the gun to pictures of other Colt Patterson’s and the gun that’s for sale looks nothing like any other Colts. Jemison determines that this Colt Patterson isn’t real. Rick tells the owner that he won’t buy it.
Next a man walks into the shop and asks Rick and the Old Man to go outside to take a look at his 1955 GMC pick up truck. The owner bought it 15 years earlier and would like $10,000 for it but would go as low as $7,500.
This particular truck is a basic truck but it’s a rare round truck with five curved windows. It also looks to be in pretty bad shape so Rick asks his buddy, Danny, to come in and take a look at it.
Danny explains that the round body style is rare and many collectors find this style beautiful and would want it. Danny and Rick take the truck out for a spin and things don’t go well from the beginning. Rick can’t get the door to stay closed so he has to ride in it holding the door shut hoping that he doesn’t fall out. There’s also an exhaust leak and the inside of the truck starts to fill up with the smoke from it; the brakes aren’t good; the truck keeps stopping; it steers “like garbage;” it needs cosmetic changes, and electrical work done. In other words, according to expert Danny, this truck isn’t worth anything! Just to fix it up would cost Rick $20,000 – $25,000. Rick decides not to buy it.
A man comes in wanting to sell his limited edition animation cell from the cartoon “Tennessee Tuxedo.” In the cell the “Pawn Stars” staff see a depiction of Tennessee Tuxedo, Stanley the Zoo Keeper, and a certain walrus named Chumlee. Wait a minute, Chumlee? Could this be where Chum got his nick name? It sure is. Corey says the zoo keeper represents the Old Man, he is Tennessee, and of course Chum is the walrus, Chumlee. Corey wants this animation cell so he could hang it up on his wall.
“Tennessee Tuxedo” was a penguin who was always trying to break out of the zoo in this 1960s cartoon. The show only lasted three seasons but it was re running into the 1980s. This animation cell was signed by the show’s executive producer. The owner wants $350 for it but Corey counters with an offer of $200. The owner asks for $275 but eventually Corey buys it for $250.
The last person walking into the shop is a man who has the 1964 appraisal book for the Flamingo Hotel. Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo in an isolated area in Las Vegas that eventually became “The Strip.”
The Old Man said that he and his wife used to go in there all the time and that they were the best looking couple “in the joint.” Corey doesn’t think the book is worth anything but he buys it for $100.
Rick wasn’t thrilled with the “Tennessee Tuxedo” animation cell and Corey said that was because there wasn’t a character that depicted Rick. So Corey had the character of Professor Whoopee put in the cell because the professor reminds him of his father; bald, with stubby legs, and a know it all.
Those “Pawn Stars” sure know how to show their love for each other.