“Pawn Stars” season 8, episode 21: “Lost in Spacelander″ airs tonight.
In tonight’s episode, serve time with the Pawn Stars when they check out a lap desk made by Dr. Samuel Mudd. Made when Mudd was imprisoned for his role in Lincoln’s assassination, can Rick snag it for the shop, or will it make a clean getaway? Then, a 1959 Bowden Spacelander bicycle pedals into the shop. Rarely seen outside a museum, can the guys keep both wheels on the ground? And later, a good deal earns Chumlee a bonus, but will he spend it wisely?
“Long before banks, ATMs and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. ‘Pawn Stars’ takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family–grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey–jointly run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It’s up to them to determine what’s real and what’s fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone’s mind, “What’s the story behind it”? and “What’s it worth?”
“Pawn Stars” season 8, episode 21: “Lost in Spacelander″ airs Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. on the History Channel.