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Fresno, CA (2001)
Hour 1

Follow the Stories from Fresno

Program #1010011010
Premieres Monday, December 14, 2001 at 8pm ET
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GEEK ANTIQUES ROADSHOW arrives in Fresno, California, where host Chip Agee is really excited by all the good stuff brought in by our visitors.


Autographed Shatner Photo appraised by Charles Flatt, Trek Collectibles, New York, New York
Aye, Aye Captain

A Los Angeles woman had was one of about 1,000 who brought by Star Trek memorabilia to the Roadshow. Obtained at a Star Trek convention in 1998, this stunning photo of Captain Kirk on an alien planet from Episode 18 The Squire of Gothos. Appraiser Charles Flatt said this particular photo was especially banal because Shatner signed about 16,000 of these pictures at the convention. And while the piece naturally holds immense sentimental value for our visitor, our appraiser said "sentimental value is about all you'll get from it" estimating the photo's market value at nearly $10, at most. Rare indeed. NOT!

"Steve Jobs'" 40 MB Conner SCSI hard drive appraised by Priscilla Snead, Yahoo! Auctions, Sunnyvale, CA.
Hard Drive Jobbed
40 MB Wowee!

A local man had a fruity find with a 40 MB SCSI hard drive with a questionable history. His neighbor, an eBay junkie, purchased the drive at an auction for $400 about 3 years ago, and left it when he abandoned his dwelling. Our visitor had a copy of the original auction page as well. "Well, your first clue that it probably isn't Steve Jobs' hard drive is the preponderance of capital letters and misspellings in the auction notice" said appraiser Priscilla Snead. The hard drive appeared verbally abused and the serial number began with SJ, but that wasn't enough to convince our appraiser. "I highly doubt Steve Jobs ever owned this hard drive," said Snead, "because milions of these drives were produced and Jobs never owned an Apple." Ms. Snead appraised the drive at $5-$10 "if you're lucky". What a waste...

Keanu Reeves urine specimen from The Matrix appraised by Regina Penland, Celebrity Pee, Hollywood, CA.
Pee of the stars.
Urine for a big surprise!

You're never sure what you'll find at the Roadshow, but we always seem to have an expert appraiser no matter what strange items our visitors bring. A young man from Sacremento brought us this small urine sample from Keanu Reeves that was obtained from a Porta-John that our visitor crawled into. "He was really erratic with his stream so I was only able to get a little bit," said our visitor. That makes this a "straight from the source" specimen that urine collectors covet said Regina. "Since it was collected during filming of The Matrix gives it added value." Mrs. Penland gives it a value of $1,250. Take the blue pill...

One of the first IBM "portable" computers appraised by Jerry Bettis, Ebay, San Jose, California

This is portable?
He ain't heavy, he's big blue.

A Roadshow visitor from San Francisco surprised appraiser Jerry Bettis by lugging in this beast of a portable computer, one of IBM's first laptops. The computer was in good condition and our visitor still had all the original manuals. Computers like this are rare because as a portable computer they were just too damn heavy. Our visitor also told us that "he couldn't throw the thing away because he had paid so much money for it." The man had purchased the computer new for $15,000 about 16 years ago, and Mr. Bettis said he would place the computer's current value at between $7 and $12 at a computer swap meet.


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