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 Post subject: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 3:31 am 
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The Pickers picked a true radio collector on tonight's 9:00 episode. Season 20, Episode 13 titles Van-Tastic.

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arzoo623 wrote:
The Pickers picked a true radio collector on tonight's 9:00 episode. Season 20, Episode 13 titles Van-Tastic.

Len

Thank you Len. Gonna make a note of it.


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20 seasons? wow.... I had no idea that show had been going on so long.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 5:20 pm 
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I saw the radios; but, the pickers showed no interest. Guess that was because Mike wanted to spend $37k on three VW vans.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I saw the radios; but, the pickers showed no interest. Guess that was because Mike wanted to spend $37k on three VW vans.

The majority of serious antiques dealers won't have vintage radio's/TV'sphono's high on their list unless they get them for a steal. Between the size and weight, delicacy, and in the end, not a lot of profit to be made. I can see that the Pickers do like vintage radios/TV's/phono's when they see them, but they have to think with a business mind, not emotion, to run a profitable business.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I saw the radios; but, the pickers showed no interest. Guess that was because Mike wanted to spend $37k on three VW vans.

The majority of serious antiques dealers won't have vintage radio's/TV'sphono's high on their list unless they get them for a steal. Between the size and weight, delicacy, and in the end, not a lot of profit to be made. I can see that the Pickers do like vintage radios/TV's/phono's when they see them, but they have to think with a business mind, not emotion, to run a profitable business.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I don't see that as any kind of put-down to our hobby, it's just that it's a specialized collectible, like jukeboxes and coin machines. They're items that are best found within collectors circles rather than antique shops/malls/shows. It's just not practical in those venues.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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Right, those radios all deserve new homes. So maybe someone that lives nearby ought to go get 'em. I saw a quick camera pass over shelves full of mostly wood radios, a vandalized room of communications gear, then commercials, then VW rust buckets for the rest of the show. :x

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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Thanks Len for the heads up! I was able to catch the entire show that I otherwise would have missed (started too late in my area).
I agree, the pickers showed little interest in most of the radios.
I think Frank bought a small cathedral and Mike bought a couple of microphones and a few pieces of advertising.
There were many radios hidden on shelves that were not shown.
My favorite? A quick pan past a 1920s superhet with 2 meters and 3 main tuning dials. I would like that set!

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I saw a quick camera pass over shelves full of mostly wood radios, a vandalized room of communications gear, then commercials, then VW rust buckets for the rest of the show. :x


I don't think you saw the entire show. The main radio collector was in the last half of the show, after the VW guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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Thanks and you're right, I can't watch a whole show. :x

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I watched a recorded version and didn't see the radio stuff after the VW guy. I saw the quick pans of radios on shelves during the VW guy stuff. I thought we had some time extensions on our recordings; but, maybe not for the pickers. I wondered what Len was talking about.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I saw the radios; but, the pickers showed no interest. Guess that was because Mike wanted to spend $37k on three VW vans.

No one knows about, or is interested in, everything. The guys were being schooled on boring table radios sitting on top of A MOTOR-DRIVEN WIMSHURST GENERATOR!!! Gaaaah! These are seriously rare and lotsa fun. To top it off, there was a cool-looking wall plate on the floor in front of the generator, which also received not a glance or mention. Then, Frank's negotiating on some motion lamp while ignoring a killer Geissler tube in the case. And I'm sure y'all noticed the Western Visionette inside the house. Ah, well.

I like the show and watch it religiously. I have no desire to collect transportation or advertising, but I learn about things I wouldn't otherwise and it's a fun show. Although, after watching I think every episode I finally did see a piece of advertising I wouldn't mind having -- that creepy Crosley ad. See? Learned about something new!


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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Yeah Duane I spotted that super-het, looked interesting.

Frank bought a Crosley Buddy Boy, at first I thought he really
got it cheap, $200, but looking closer it was kinda rough, the fret
work in the grill was busted and that's not an easy fix.

Mike bought a cool piece of advertising, a Majestic Eagle, I'd
love to have one of those.

I'm pretty sure I've met the collector they visited, weather he's
attended the Charlotte meet in the past, or I met him at Rochester.

I know the show if very fake, all setup in advance.
I got a call a while back from someone with the show asking if I
was interested in being on. She wanted a list of what I was interested
in selling and what my best price would be before they even considered
visiting. I told her I had a few radios I'd sell, but no advertising and I
had no motorcycle at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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This show has the same, warm feeling as the Real Housewives of New Jersey. And the characters are just as ‘likable’. After watching either show, you feel like you need to take a shower and visit the free clinic.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I wish they would show interest in radios, they have driven interest and prices up in many other collectable markets.
Also, the show has 20 seasons but hasn't been on for 20yrs. It is a helluva story as to what they went through to get it on TV.
I really enjoy the show as they show American history and how provide information as to how America used to be.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I will say they appear to pay fair prices, and are not always trying to rip off the seller. I imagine the show pays for itself, and they have a healthy budget to play with. Of course they rehearse the 'discoveries' a bit. Not as obvious as Storage Wars, etc.

They could use a radio consultant, the guy they can call when they find a rare tube or chassis. But they also need a market with willing buyers.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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The commercial breaks were so long that I ended up nodding off and missing the short segments of the actual show! I just went to bed.
There's no doubt the pickers ultimate goals are automobilia, signs, bicycles, and motorcycles. It would be great with very rounded long time collectors who find and discuss a bigger array of items. I like the show though, I just dislike all the personal fill that always takes place with reality programs. Some of them turn into long-winded soap operas.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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I think if the pickers exhibited the loving care and interest many want to see them have, the series would've lasted just a few episodes before they went bust.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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A few years ago Danny and Mike's brother picked major collector Roger Buttingol in New Hampshire. They didnt buy any radios but they toured his warehouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickers Pick a True Radio Collector
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A few years ago Danny and Mike's brother picked major collector Roger Buttingol in New Hampshire. They didnt buy any radios but they toured his warehouse.

Do you remember the episode? I seem to remember Roger was a hard sell and didn’t let go of practically nothing.

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