Long before banks, ATMS and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. PAWN STARS takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family--grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey--jointly run the family business, and there's clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It's up to them to determine what's real and what's fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone's mind, "What's the story behind it"? and "What's it worth?"
A seller approaches the Pawn Stars to present them with a past prop from "Back to the Future, Part II." Rick feels dated when a creepy chemical company calendar from 1900 crosses his desk. It's all hands on deck when a British Navy gunpowder bucket blasts into the shop. Will Rick scoop it up, or send it overboard? Later, a belt owned by country music legend Merle Haggard takes things up a notch.
Rick is wheels up to Washington D.C. to go see one of the first ever Jeeps that was built to use in WWII. While he's in town, he stops by an antique book store to read up on an ancient alchemy book. Meanwhile, back in Vegas, a magic lantern image projector from the early 20th century has Chum seeing things in a whole different light. A fortune-telling gambling machine is, without a doubt, a great find for the shop. Will Chum see a purchase in his future? Later, by a stroke of luck, a pair of knickers that belonged to golfer Payne Stewart swing into the shop. Will Chum land in a hazard during negotiation, or will he land the shop in the green?
This episode of Pawn Stars takes flight with a 1911 first edition novel of Peter Pan, but would Rick rather spend his Shenan-doah on a piece of scrap metal from an infamous fallen airship? Also, a seller tries to sweep Rick off of his feet with an ancient kneeling Thepanom statue. And later, everybody comes to Rick's, but it's up to Corey if a "Casablanca" movie poster is worth the six figures it would take to watch a deal take place.
Rick takes a stab at a sword with an attached pistol from the 1700s. Will he hit the bullseye or shoot himself in the foot? A portrait of legendary film and theater actor John Barrymore takes center stage, but will it perform well with Rick and Chum? Later, Rick is pointed to an antique navigational timepiece used by ships in the 19th century. Is he destined to buy it, or will he lose his way? Corey gets revved up over a 1969 Harley motorbike, but will he tire of it too soon?
Rick tackles a set of San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl rings, but can he bring the high asking price just a touch down? A speargun used to hunt marine life makes a splash with Corey and Rick, but will they notice anything fishy when they test it out? Chum steps up when a pair of 18th-century shoe protectors walk in the door, but can they get the seller to toe the line? Later, Rick has some interest in a miniature model of the Traders Bank of Canada. Will he become invested, or decide to withdraw?