Antique Roadshow wants your junk
His dream of dreams would be to walk into the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on June 24 and see Jesse’s Owen’s track running uniform or a game-worn jersey signed by the 1980 United States hockey team, commemorating the Miracle on Ice.
More likely, however, is that Antiques Roadshow appraiser Phil Weiss will see baseball cards and footballs actually made of pigskin but that’s OK.
"I’d love to see some early 20s, 30s Olympic memorabilia, or maybe a medal from someone who won one back in those days," Weiss said. "But we may not see too much vintage stuff. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of pins from the Salt Lake Olympics, jackets, things like that.
"The interesting thing when it comes to the Roadshow is that everyone will treasure and cherish something different. They should bring whatever they have and don’t know the value of, but always wanted to know. That’s the fun of the Roadshow. They can bring anything. We’d love to see any sports- or Olympics-related materials."
Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the taping will continue until 5 p.m. Only those with one or two items to be appraised to go along with their tickets, all of which have been distributed already, will be admitted.
The Roadshow had a lottery to see who would be given one of the 3,400 pairs of tickets dispersed. Names for the lottery were entered by internet or postcard submission.
There is also a taping in Park City on Friday at Olympic Park, but it is not open to the public. Weiss and show host Mark L. Walhberg will take the plunge down the bobsled run at 1:30 p.m., and then they will tape a segment in which the two discuss sports and Olympic collectables.
"I wouldn’t mind taking a bobsled run," Weiss said upon finding out that it was on the schedule. "Taking an Olympic bobsled run would be very cool. I’ll probably pass out half way down, but we’ll give it a whirl. Now I’m really excited."
Although a bobsled run would be right up his alley, Weiss said just being a part of the show is a great experience.
"Being on the show is probably one of the funnest things I’ve ever done," he said. "It’s so well organized and you always feel comfortable doing it. I also get to see things that I would never get the chance to see otherwise — things such as Utah. I’ve never been to Salt Lake City and I’m really excited to see it."
But Weiss said that since he will be leaving his wife and four children at home in New York, he likely will not do too much sight seeing this time around.
"Any place I like, I’ll bring them back to," he said. "I would like trips like this to turn into a family vacation."
His children like that he’s on television, but he said their excitement level has changed since he’s become a regular on the show.
"They like it," he said. "The first time I was on they all gathered around the TV and were excited, but now it’s all a critique. ‘Dad you shouldn’t wear that suit.’"
Weiss first got interested in collectables because his father owned a bookstore in New York City. He said he grew up with old books around his house, and then he started collecting stamps, branched to comics, and made extra money through high school and college selling and trading. Eventually it turned into a living, and now he’s on TV.
He turned his interest in the collectibles field into one of the top collectibles auction houses in the country. He has owned and operated Philip Weiss Auctions for almost 20 years.
Philip Weiss Auctions holds a minimum of 11 auctions yearly, each containing 800-plus lots of collectibles. The auctions specialize in toys, trains, dolls, toy soldiers, stamps, coins, rare books and autographs, comics, comic art, animation art, military memorabilia, World’s Fair and historical material, posters, and political and Hollywood memorabilia.
He has also worked as a consultant for many of the country’s top auction galleries. In addition to general collectibles auctions, the gallery has handled many specialty sales and name collections, including baseball great Billy Martin’s Estate.
Phil has also contributed articles on the field of collectibles to many of the major trade publications. He contributes time on a regular basis doing auctions for local charities as well as free appraisals to raise money for senior centers and clubs.
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