Last night’s Halloween themed episode of “American Pickers” was titled “Pick or Treat.” Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters who now travel the world picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age.
As the episode starts the guys are in Pennsylvania searching for Ron, also known as Mole Man, who they met a few years back. This guy lives in underground tunnels, and Frank is claustrophobic. As they approach the place, Frank starts to sweat. Although he has lost a few pounds since the last time they were there, he is apprehensive. When they finally find Ron, who resembles Marty Feldman from the movie Young Frankenstein, he remembered them well.
This man has been building and remodeling the underground fortress and filling it with his treasures since 1965. Mike bought a motorcycle leather ensemble for $350. Ron has cleaned out houses and shopped at garage sales for most of the things he has. When he tears down old buildings, he salvages the materials to build his lair. Frank found the same sign he tried to buy four years ago and Ron still would not sell it, but when Frank asked him what the price was, he told him $400. Although Frank did not want to pay that much, Ron refused every bid up to $395, but when Frank said $400, he sold it to him, and they left happy.
As they went on their way, they discussed Halloween as a kid, knocking on doors and hoping for the best. Trick-or-treating started in the U.S. during the 1930s, but did not become popular until after WWII when the sugar rationing was lifted.
In the Nashville shop, a man came in to appraise some Odd Fellows skeletons, that were used in the secret organization. The guys picked them and found out they were worth twice what they paid. They were not real, but creepy nonetheless.
The guys got an email from Danielle to go where she and Robbie got the bumper cars. The place has 200 years of stuff and the guys headed to Oklahoma to the ruins of Eagle Park, an old amusement park. The guys were nostalgic when they saw the rusty rides and historical buildings that were now mostly in ruins. Wayne explained that they closed the place in 1985 because the insurance was raised to six times what they had paid in the past, which forced them to close.
Mike liked the rocket ride and offered Wayne $1,800 for the rockets, but Wayne was not ready to part with it yet. Wayne was emotional recalling his childhood there. Frank found two large round Coca-Cola signs he got for $150 each. Mike got a Texaco sign that was unusual for $300. Then Mike found some old rusted pedal planes that he got for $475 each.
Next on this creepy episode, Danielle sent them to a closed penitentiary in Missouri. Here they will find a few things called prisoner art; oh and the place is supposed to be haunted. Bill, the caretaker gave them the tour and a history lesson too. In cell #45, he pointed out that James Earl Ray, the murderer of Martin Luther King was kept for 90 days prior to the assassination of Dr. King. He escaped from this prison in 1967 in a bread truck. As the guys looked around, Bill sold them a primitive painting done by a prisoner of Adam & Eve for $100. As they looked around, they found a few more paintings that Bill gladly sold them. As they headed to the next destination, they recalled some creepy events in their lives on this scary episode of “American Pickers.”
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