‘Pawn Stars’: Why Chumlee Shot Down Guy Trying to Sell Awesome Pearl Jam Poster

by John Jamison

Personal significance does not add to the value of an item. That’s especially true of something brought into a pawn shop. One seller got a dose of reality after “Pawn Stars” personality Austin “Chumlee” Russell turned down the opportunity to buy an autographed Pearl Jam poster.

Eddie Vedder is unmistakable as the frontman for the iconic Seattle-based rock group Pearl Jam. He’s been with the band since they formed in 1990 and has gone on to have a successful solo career while still maintaining his position with the group. Pearl Jam is still touring to this day. The group has a massive following, and memorabilia, especially signed by Eddie Vedder, generally commands a good price.

But the memorabilia that people want most is officially sanctioned by the band or label. When a seller named Dave walked into the “Pawn Stars” shop, though, that’s not what he brought. He brought a remarkable story.

Dave designed his own Pearl Jam poster that glows in the dark. The piece is admittedly pretty awesome looking, and Eddie Vedder himself apparently agreed with that assessment. Vedder appreciated the “blacklight poster” so much that he reached out and signed it for Dave.

Dave named a staggering price of $20,000 as his starting point.

“I’ll be honest with you, that seems like a lot,” said Chumlee.

Chumlee brought in an expert—Steve—who confirmed that Eddie Vedder’s signature was legit. Steve thought the poster was cool, but upon questioning, discovered that Pearl Jam didn’t sanction dave’s work and that he didn’t do official artwork for the band. The “Pawn Stars” expert gave the piece a $6,000 appraisal. Not too shabby for homemade artwork.

‘Pawn Stars’ Personality Chumlee Gets Real With Pearl Jam Seller

It’s a great story, but is the tale worth $20,000? The better question is: Is the homespun artwork plus the signature worth anywhere close to that? See, according to Chumlee, even at $6,000, it would be a difficult piece to sell.

Since it’s a one-off piece of art with no other reference point, the “Pawn Stars” crew would need to explain Dave’s story to prospective buyers.

“I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to make you an offer on it because me having to tell the story about how you met Eddie… it just starts to get lost in translation and it becomes harder for me to sell it,” said Chumlee.

Dave was rightfully a little disappointed. The poster was the culmination of a lot of hard work and an awesome interaction he had with Eddie Vedder. It meant a ton to him personally.

“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to sell the piece today, but eventually it will sell,” said Dave.

We don’t doubt that there’s a collector out there somewhere who would love to buy the piece for a reasonable price. The “Pawn Stars” World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is just not the place to do it.