5 Unusual Items Brought in to Antiques Roadshow

From a Rare Baseball Card to Edgar Allen Poe to Roadkill

Ever wonder about some of the more unusual items brought into Antiques Roadshow for appraisal, some of which never make it on the air? Take a look at few of the fantastic and wacky objects detailed in Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes by Marsha Bemko.

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    Original Honus Wagner Baseball Card

    Original Honus Wagner Baseball Card

    Larry Canale/Antiques Roadshow Insider

    Considered to be one of the most valuable finds viewers never saw, this Holy Grail of baseball card collecting is worth $2.8 million. "This card might very well have been the most valuable thing ever brought into Roadshow, but during an in-depth discussion, we discovered that the guest knew everything there was to know about his card. The card had been professionally appraised." The owner wanted to go on television and have an appraiser put "the Roadshow seal of approval" on this astoundingly valuable baseball card, but that's not what the show's all about. Part of the Antiques Roadshow experience comes through the joy, surprise, and validation an on the spot estimation of value offers the item's owner and the show's viewers.

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    A Potato Shaped Like Richard Nixon

    Appraiser Kathleen Guzman, a collectibles specialist, once evaluated a homegrown potato the owner felt looked a lot like the face of Richard Nixon. "He dressed the potato in a red, white and blue suit and brought it into one of the tapings of Roadshow. It did look a lot like Nixon, and the owner thought that it would be worth a great deal of money because the original Mr. Potato Head in its box is valuable - so, why not this homegrown version?" While it was a funny moment, Guzman had to go on and tell the man it had no monetary value, "except maybe in a local grocery store." Why no photo? Only items appraised during the events are photographed, and potatoes don't qualify.

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    Rare Edgar Allen Poe Daguerreotype

    Rare Edgar Allen Poe daguerreotype

    Antiques Road Show 

    As if a very old photo of author Edgar Allen Poe wasn't unusual enough, it turns out that this particular daguerreotype had been stolen from the Players theatrical club in New York City. What would have been the discovery of a new and important historical find (only a few original Poe photos are known to exist, according to appraiser Wes Cowan) ended up being the most famous theft-recovery story in Roadshow history. The photo from 1847 appraised for $30,000 to $50,000 has since been thankfully returned to its rightful home.

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    Stuffed Roadkill Pheasant Under a Glass Dome

    Sometimes stories revealed on the Roadshow take a bizarre turn. For instance, take a stuffed pheasant evaluated by Kathleen Guzman (who seems to have some interesting items assigned to her even if they don't make it on the air). "The bird was in bad condition - in fact, it was molting," Guzman said. She learned the bird was killed when hit by a car driven by the owner's father-in-law. He was very proud he had run down such a beautiful bird and had it stuffed as a trophy. This was a case of another virtually worthless item better left at home, and witnessing the owner's reaction to this news truly surprised Guzman. "She practically lunged across the table and kissed me, saying that she was so grateful because now she could tell her husband the awful thing was not worth anything, and they could put it in the basement where it belonged." This proves all kinds of dreams come true at Antiques Roadshow events.

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    Original Spears Carried in The Wizard of Oz

    Movie Prop Spears From The Wizard of Oz

    Jeff Dunn/WGBH

    Two original spears carried by the Winkie guards (the uniformed larger troops that assisted the flying monkeys in guarding the Wicked Witch of the West's castle) in The Wizard of Oz movie were once brought into a Roadshow taping. Appraiser Kathleen Guzman valued these 1930s movie props at $30,000. Movie memorabilia with ties to famous figures and significant motion pictures, like these fantastic swords, delight the show's appraisers when they occasionally turn up.