By Rick Harrison, Tim Keown
In Las Vegas, there is a family-owned company known as the Gold & Silver Pawn store, run by means of 3 generations of the Harrison relations: Rick; his son, monstrous Hoss; and Rick's dad, the outdated guy. Now License to Pawn takes readers behind the curtain of the hit historical past convey Pawn Stars and stocks the attention-grabbing existence tale of its celebrity, Rick Harrison, and the both fascinating tale at the back of the store, the shoppers, and the goods for sale.
Rick hasn't had it effortless. He used to be a math whiz at an early age, yet built a equally uncanny skill to discover ever-deepening difficulty that almost ruined his lifestyles. With the beginning of his son, he sobered up, reconnected along with his dad, they usually all started their booming company together.
License to Pawn additionally deals an pleasing stroll throughout the pawn shop's heritage. it is a fascinating check out how the Gold & Silver works, with fantastic tales in regards to the loopy buyers and the exclusive goods that the store sells. Rick is not just a businessman; he is additionally a historian and willing observer of human nature. for example, were you aware that pimps put on plenty of jewellery for a cause? it is because if they're arrested, jewellery does not get confiscated like funds does, and prepared funds might be to be had for bail. Or that WWII bomber jackets and Zippo lighters can promote for a freakishly excessive expense in Japan? have you heard that the makers of Ormolu clocks, which Rick sells for up to $15,000 apiece, usually died earlier than 40 because of the mercury within the paint?
Rick additionally finds the goods he loves rather a lot he will by no means promote. the store has 3 Olympic bronze medals, a Patriots tremendous Bowl ring, a Samurai sword from 1490, and an unique Iwo Jima conflict plan. each one item has a massive tale at the back of it, in fact. Rick stocks all of them, and loads more--there's an impossible to resist treasure trove of background at the back of either the Gold & Silver Pawn store and the lifetime of Rick Harrison.
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And i've his hat. the tale of the way I got here to have his hat is likely one of the extra random and imprecise backstories within the store. someday an worker walked into my again place of work and placed a Stetson 30x hat on my table. (The designation “30x” was once no longer a dimension yet a percent of beaver fur within the hat. ) I appeared it over—nice hat—and instructed him to supply $50 simply because I figured i'll get $100 for it on eBay. I didn’t provide it a moment notion, and that i by no means even knew even if the worker got it. A month later, i used to be processing stock. the blokes have been bringing me goods, and certainly one of them used to be a small suitcase. I opened it up and located it was once a customized hat case with the Stetson in it. I passed it to at least one of the fellows and informed him to provide it to the eBay division to promote for $100. yet as I closed the lid, i spotted an outdated Frontier airways tackle decal at the aspect. I’m constantly curious, so I checked out it and observed: LESTER B. BINION 128 FREMONT ST. LAS VEGAS, NV take into account that, I canceled my plans to promote the hat on eBay. a couple of months after the convey began, Binion’s daughter got here in to have a look. She held it in her arms and stated, “Right dimension, correct type, correct brand—that’s my dad’s hat. ” i must admit: i've got a keenness for this hat that most likely exceeds what's moderate. i admire the outdated Vegas characters—no subject how unsavory—and i admire the tale of ways this hat ended up within the store. It’s the type of vintage tale that typifies how cool my lifestyles is. Binion’s hat occupies a favorite house within the wall case, a shelf above the Olympic medals. I’ve had many deals on Binion’s hat, yet it’s now not on the market. It’s a section of dwelling Vegas background, and it’s staying within the store so long as i've got a say over it. 1490 Samurai Sword firstly, it was once made in 1490, in order that may be cause adequate to maintain me from promoting my samurai sword. yet furthermore, there are functional the reason why the sword isn't on the market. This sword provides really a conundrum. In restored , it’s worthy someplace among fifty and sixty grand. even though, there’s a chip within the blade that retains it from being in restored situation. In its present situation, i'd get 4 or 5 grand for it. difference. And here’s the conundrum: there's one man within the nation who may perhaps repair it, and he’s in Oregon. for 6 grand, he'll re-hone the blade and attach the chip. yet that method doesn’t come with out danger. If cracks improve within the blade throughout the process—a genuine quandary in whatever this old—it can be ostensibly valueless. So . . . what do you do? chance the six grand and check out to show it right into a sword worthy fifty or sixty grand, realizing it will possibly turn into a valueless sword? Or carry directly to it and express it off as one of many coolest and oldest issues within the store? along with, whilst am I going to get one other 1490 samurai sword? Two-hundred-year-old eastern Porn Scroll probably my worst buy ever. I didn’t relatively imagine this one throughout. It’s an grand piece of labor. It’s ten toes lengthy, with the portray on rice paper sponsored by way of silk. what's instantly awesome approximately it really is how photograph it is—phenomenally picture for whatever 2 hundred years previous.