A guy came in selling a Lusitania medal. Rick teased the guy a bit by saying that a real medal would be worth 20-30 thousand dollars in good condition. The Lusitania was a large British luxury liner sunk by a German U-boat during WWI. The sinking was one of the reasons the US entered the war against Germany as over 1200 people were killed by the attack. Germany actually made the medal to celebrate the event and the British later copied it to mourn the event. British medals are worth little, but the original German ones are worth big bucks. The guy had a British copy and Rick only offered $100 for the medal. The guy decided to keep it for his grand kids.
A German guy had an antique battery tester called a Voltmeter. The guy wanted $2000. The case was dated 1916 and was a very expensive tool in its day. Corey showed off his electrician knowledge as he was one for about a week according to him. The antique had very little resale value and the shop threw away his offers and offered $500. The guy walked away from the deal.
A young guy came in with a signed Charles Lindbergh book. Lindbergh was a Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was a superstar after his air breaking solo flight across the Atlantic. Chumlee was very happy about the item, but he decided not to get the autograph checked out first. Chum low balled the guy a bit and offered $500 as his final offer and the guy took the deal. The Old Man called Chumlee back about the book. Rick was very uneasy about the deal and sent Chum to the book expert and if the book was worth less than $500, Chum got some unplanned vacation time. The value was all in the signature and Rebecca confirmed that the one Chum bought was not a fraud. Chum got lucky and the book was worth $1500. It was a great buy for Chumlee and he rubbed it in the guys’ faces when he got back.
A guy came in with a 17th century Dutch Scale. The scale was used to weigh foreign coins for merchants that didn’t want to be ripped off. 1662 was placed on the box that held the weights. Rick called an expert in to confirm the scale was real. Mark came in to examine the scale. He confirmed that the scale was real and probably from 1662, but with some replacements for functionality. The guy asked $3000, but Rick started at $1500 and they settled on $2500 for the item.
Trivia of the show: What medical advancement did Charles Lindberg play an important role in achieving? Answer below
Answer: Artificial Hearts