Business slow but hopeful at Treasure Hunters Roadshow
Justin Walkley loaded up as many items as he could find to take to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow at the Clarion Inn Wednesday morning.
A self-proclaimed pack rat, Walkley carried a box full of miscellaneous items he thought might be of value to collectors — including Star Wars action figures, French maps of Canada from the 1960s, a 17th century French sabre, a film projector and two copies of Whitman’s 1978 Superman vs. Muhammad Ali comic books.
“I’ve been wanting to go to a roadshow like this for a long time,” Walkley said, adding he had no idea how much the items he brought might be worth.
He doubted his roll of wheat pennies would have much value, but guessed that his two autographed copies of the first Venom comic book in mint condition would.
“I’m hoping to hear something cool and if I get a good offer for these things I’ll sell them,” Walkley said.
His friend, Mike Treesh, wanted to know the value of a German WWII dagger that’s he’s had hidden in a trunk for more than a decade. Treesh tried to research the knife on the Internet and estimated it to be valued between $700-$1,000.
Treesh said if the roadshow were to offer him $700 he’d sell, but he remained hopeful that perhaps his item would be the one worth 10 times that based on rarity since he couldn’t find a knife exactly like the one he owns on the Internet.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if it were worth $10,000,” Walkley said.
“We give as much to our customers as we can,” said Paul Scott, field manager for the roadshow, “and there’s not many things that we won’t buy.”
Scott said the advantage of bringing items to a large buyer like the roadshow was that the company was able to instantly match up a buyer and seller through an international database with more than 6,000 collectors worldwide.
So far, Scott hadn’t seen many items of unique significance coming from sellers this week in Grand Junction and said that business was “very slow.”
So slow that the Illinois-based company had planned on using double the staff this week at the Grand Junction show. “Now, those guys have a week off,” Scott said.
Scott said last time the roadshow was in Grand Junction, there were 10 times the number of sellers who attended the show but he was “still a bit hopeful” that business would pick up.
“Normally, we see neat things every week,” he said.
“We come with $200,000 to buy stuff and with the area’s unemployment rate, that’s something most are quite happy about,” Scott said.
Sheila Deininger was happy to have an outlet to sell her unwanted jewelry and coins. “My children don’t want it so I want my money,” she said while showing Scott a pink and white cameo pin.
Gold, silver, platinum, and rare coins are currently being paid for at top prices, according to Scott, but he encourages people to bring in any items they’d like to know the value of.
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, visit http://www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com.