During a recent episode of Pawn Stars, Corey Harrison negotiated a great deal for the shop on a vintage set of toy pistols.
You never know what will come through the doors of World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hit History Channel series highlights a wide assortment of different items from all over the world that come into their store. While the shop frequently deals with vintage firearms, they usually aren’t as small as one seller’s pistols.
In a clip from a Season 18 episode titled “Rocket Man,” Corey scopes out some rare vintage miniature pistols. The seller says he acquired the rare set from his cousin who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Toy manufacturer Louis Marx & Co. first started making the mini pistols back in the 1950s. The seller framed the set of eight guns and hung them in his office, but he’s now ready to let go of them for the right price. However, they won’t come cheap since the seller is asking Corey for $1,200 for the full set.
Did the ‘Pawn Stars’ Shop Owner Strike a Deal For the Mini Pistol Set?
Per usual on Pawn Stars, when the guys don’t know exactly what they’re dealing with, they call in an expert. One of the first things the expert points out is that one of the mini pistols looks to be a salesman’s sample. Therefore a traveling salesman likely used it compared to the tag and gun being sold at retail stores. The expert admits the seller has a set that would be desirable to collectors, so Corey is clearly interested.
As far as prices go, most of the regular mini pistols would sell for around $60 each. However, the salesman’s sample is super rare and could command upwards of $700 on its own. As an entire set, the expert prices it at around $1,500 along with the frame. The seller was obviously pleased to hear that his vintage toy pistols were worth even more than expected.
Yet as always, Corey is going to try to get the best price possible for his Pawn Stars store. Rick Harrison‘s son begins the negotiation at $900, but the seller knows they’re worth more. The seller counters at $1,100, and Corey predictably splits the difference at $1,000. The two men come to an agreement, and the pawn shop officially owns the vintage Louis Marx & Co. mini pistols.
How The Pawn Shop Chooses Items That Appear On TV
Pawn Stars fans are only treated to a fraction of the goods that come into the store on a daily basis. In January, owner Rick Harrison spoke to British outlet Freesat and explained how he picks the items that make it on the hit show.
“Basically if it’s something different and it hasn’t been on the show before,” Rick shared with Freesat. “Sometimes I see just a picture of something and then I’ll approve it. And then I won’t see it again until it’s actually in front of me a couple of months later.”
“Usually, if it’s something different and cool,” Rick added. “It’s normally based off an image on the internet, a really small one, and I think it looks really cool. I say bring it on in. Because with most of these things if you want to see if it’s real you’ve got to see it in person.”