Tonight’s episode of “American Pickers” was titled “The Royal Risk.” Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, are the professional hunters who travel across the country picking through rusty gold; those hidden treasures covered with rust from age. That rusty gold is what keeps them in business, buying low and selling high, but even they find things that they do not want to part with.
As the episode starts, the “American Pickers” are in southern Florida awaiting a call from Danielle to give them a lead. The guy is named Bill, and he also has a friend they may be able to hook up with. When they pull into Bill’s driveway, he has vehicles of all types and a sophisticated security system. He is into guns, toys and everything else. Bill’s wife and children are at the end of their ropes with his collections, but he loves his stuff. He even had a Gatling gun that was in magnificent condition and worth about $75,000. He had an awesome collection of Coca-Cola signs from ages ago. He had some nautical items that attracted the guys’ attention, and they finally made a deal. Bill knows a guy who is into motorcycles and has an awesome collection. Bill gave him a call to clear the path for the “American Pickers” to pay him a visit.
The man’s name was Pat, and he reluctantly let them in for a short time. He was born in the house he lives in and was collecting all his life. He had a 1911 Flying Merkel motorcycle. It was in super condition and they guys were in heaven when they saw it, but he was emotionally connected to it. They then saw his 1910 Harley that was another thrill for them, but no sale for either.
They saw a 1910 Royal Pioneer motorcycle in the scratch and dent area. It needed quite a bit of reconstruction to make this look like a real motorcycle, as it was in many pieces. Mike threw out a number of $35,000. He countered with $60,000, then Mike went to $40,000. He countered for $55,000 and Mike could not pull the trigger on that number, and they walked away. Hopefully, if they keep in touch with him, something may materialize down the road.
They are on the way to meet a woman named Diane, who is a metal toy collector. She failed to tell her husband Dave that the guys were coming there to see his collection. The next few moments were awkward silence. Finally, he spoke to the guys and told them to look around. Frank found many cast iron toys that were discontinued because the metal was needed for World War II. He sold Frank many toys that gave him that little boy feeling all over again. Mike was pre-occupied with that Royal Pioneer and called Danielle to see if she could sell some items and free up the money, so he could buy it. Among the other items, he had were motorcycle parts. There was a Triumph psychedelic frame that Mike got for $100 and paid $150 for more parts to nearly make an entire bike. Frank got over thirty metal toys and will easily double his money.
After they left, Mike got a call from Danielle, who gave them the green light to buy the Pioneer. Frank felt that he went behind his back in the endeavor, but Mike checked with a friend before pulling the trigger. He called Jersey John to ask his opinion and Jersey John told them to go get that bike now. If Pat still wants to sell the bike for $55,000, they have a deal. Mike dickered with the price, but Pat stuck to his guns, and it was sold for $55,000, the highest price they ever paid for anything.
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