Tonight's episode of "American Pickers" was titled "Pam’s Labyrinth," as Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters travel the earth picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age will soon find out.
As the episode begins, the guys are free-styling in Missouri when they spot a bunch of old bicycles. When they stop, they knock at the door and meet a man who is not sure what to think of the guys. His name is Stan, and the collector is his wife Pam. Pam is an artist, and they build things in the workshop where they worked every day. Stan is interested in selling stuff, but Pam is not so sure. Pam had miles of items of every kind. The building they are now in was an old drug store. The sign that adorned the building, stating they sell drugs, was an immediate attraction to Mike, who bought it for $600, even though Pam asked $500. Frank found a crate of old blue Ball canning jars; he got it for $40. She had lots of advertising letters, in metal. There were loads of them, and quiet a few of the letter “O.” But Frank got the whole lot for $500 and was very pleased with his purchase.
As they continued their treasure hunt in Pam’s Labyrinth, they found more and more items they just had to have. A Florsheim Shoes sign that lit up was perfect for Mike and $150 was the agreed to price.
Back home, Danielle got the notification that the container has arrived from Europe. Now she has to sort out everything, send some to Tennessee, separate and ship the items that are already sold and do all the paperwork. Robbie went to deliver one of the crates and found that there was a huge crack in the top, he just hopes it is not a game changer.
The guys got a chance to go to Pam’s basement, which contained treasures she had not seen in about fifteen years. He found an old Falstaff Beer sign he got for $55. Mike found another sign from the previous drug store. This was an illuminated glass sign with gold painted letters, and Mike got it for $700. The guys had a great time with the couple, and made new friends again.
Danielle called the guys with a lead for a guy named Doug, whose father bought out the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Car Company many years ago. His late father moved the entire company from Indiana to Oklahoma and in addition; he was a collector. Now the family is ready to sell off some of his treasures. As they pull up, they see spectacular old cars and a sign reading, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Co. Inside the place is like a museum of memorabilia. They met Doug Pray, the president of the company, whose father bought the entire factory in Indiana for $80,000. Glenn Pray was a teacher, who had little money back then, but the seller admired his tenacity and sold it to him and held the note. They have not manufactured a car since 1937, but what he bought was truckloads of parts. The shelves were full of parts of every piece of these vehicles, but due to the Great Depression, they stopped making them. A Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton, which cost around $3,000 in 1937, sold at a recent auction for $324,000.
Mike broke the ice by purchasing an old radio speaker for $200. Mike found two old Motorola signs. Back in the day, they made radio parts, not cell phones as they do today. He got both metal signs for $525. Doug then took the guys to the secret room in the building and showed them the awesome things in there. Frank found an old scale that was in mint condition where you paid a penny to weigh yourself, but if you guessed correctly, you got your penny back. Frank had to have it, and got it for $950.
Glenn planned to rebuild the Cord in his workshop, and Doug remembers being a little kid when the word got out of his father’s plans. When a team of reporters came by, his father closed the door on them and told them they had to wait just like everyone else. The head of the reporters was Walter Cronkite.
Over the years, he father built several modern-day vehicles with the same outward design, but with modern things like air conditioning, and automatic transmissions.
As the guys continued to find more and more treasures from yesteryear, they continued to buy. Doug did not seem to have emotional attachment to much of it, so it was easier for them to purchase.
In Georgia, as Robbie was delivering the Zundapp Motorcycle to the buyer. When he saw the crack in the top of the crate, he was fearful that damage was done to the bike. Fortunately, it was in the same condition as when the guys bought it.
Sadly, at the end of the program, Pamela Jo Davis (Pam) passed away in 2013. A photo of her and Stan was shown with her birth year of 1946 and death in 2013. Rest in peace Pam, in the labyrinth in the sky.