Pawn Stars: Bank Note Plates Give Chumlee an Idea (Season 16) | History


[music playing] RICK: So I’m down
here in LA with Chum. And we’re about to go take a
look at this huge collection of old steel printing plates. And I have a feeling they’re
going to be really heavy. So that’s the real reason
why I brought Chum. [laughs] You want me to carry it all? That’s why you brought me? I got a bad back. CHUMLEE: Jeez, Rick. Hey, how’s it going, man? ADAM: All right. How are you doing? Sorry we’re late. I had to eat lunch twice. That’s OK. Here it is. That’s a lot of metal plates. Holy [bleep]. So these are all the printing
plates from the American Banknote Company? ADAM: That is correct. The plates were used in
printing stock certificates, currency, stamps– pretty much anything. Can I open one of these up? Yeah, go ahead
and open one up. I mean, have these been
cataloged or anything? ADAM: No. They’ve been here
for several months. Chum, see, like,
they have this currency thing on the front of them? Let’s go print
some money, boys. [laughs] ADAM: I have plates and
rollers from the American Banknote Company. I’ve collected coins and
currencies my whole life, as long as I can remember. And then the printing
talked to me a lot because my entire family has
been in the printing business for three generations. So it was just interesting
to me from a lot of different perspectives. RICK: This is pretty amazing. ADAM: The American Banknote
Company was founded in 1795 by Robert Scott, who was
the original engraver for the United States Mint. They have engraved and printed
stocks, bonds, currencies. RICK: Yeah, they were
printing currency for tons of different countries. Just about every bond
certificate for the United States was printed by them. They had the printing
technology where it was really, really difficult
to counterfeit their stuff. ADAM: Right. And they’re just
out of business now. And you just–
– No. They’re–
– They’re still in business? ADAM: –still in business today. The currencies are
a lot different now. And stocks and bonds
are traded digitally. So they just, like, sold off
all their old metal plates? ADAM: Yes, they did. And here, you’re looking at it. There’s a ton of people
that this could appeal to. You have currency
collectors who would buy it, bond collectors
who would buy it. And if you have anything
specific to certain companies, it could be collectible. So it’s all for
sale though, right? ADAM: Absolutely. I can pick through it. It’s not an all or
nothing deal, right? Well, I’d like to do the
whole thing in one deal. But I’ll tell you what. Once you get in there
start picking some things and if there’s some
things of interest, we can talk about that
and open that door. OK. Cool. Um, I’m going to call a
buddy down here to help me too if you don’t mind. ADAM: Don’t mind at all. RICK: I’m going to start
digging through this. You call Peter, and then
come back and help me. All right. I’ll be right back. RICK (VOICEOVER): So we’re
here at a printing museum. And they’re actually going
to take these steel plates, and put them in a press,
and print something. Can you just, like, show me
the process of how to do this? Oh, certainly. Can you print this one? ADAM: We can print that. All right. Who doesn’t love
a good train image? RICK: So if everything looks
good, maybe I can make a deal. [laughs] Are you ready?
RICK: I’m ready. Yeah, yeah Let’s check it out. Well, step on over
to our printing press. So first, we’re going
to work the ink. It’s actually a very
specialized ink. It’s very dense, very heavy. What– our first
step to do here is actually to get the ink
into those small crevices in the plate. RICK: OK. And while this is
happening, our paper is actually in the
process of getting softened in a bucket of water. CHUMLEE: Wow. So we’re inked up. Now Mike, my master printer,
is going to take the next step here to get the
ink off the surface and then leave the ink
in those reservoirs. So now you can see the train. CHUMLEE: You should
just leave it like that. Yeah. Now we’re going to get
that into the press. RICK: Oh, this is very cool. So next, we’re going
to get the paper. CHUMLEE: Quick question–
do you have the paper they used to print money on? Well, I can tell
you who makes it. It’s actually one of the
oldest companies in the nation. It’s Crane’s Paper. I’ll be ordering
from them tonight. Yeah. Well, they also have
a good mailing list. And guess who sees
their mailing lists– the Secret Service. The key is getting this
started with the felts, allowing for the pressure. RICK: Whoa. That’s incredible. This is absolutely amazing. I had no idea it
would look like this. Well, thanks, man. I really, really
appreciate this. I never thought
printing was art. It is definitely–
it’s an art and a craft. Enjoy it. RICK: All right. So you’re asking 4,500 and– CHUMLEE: I think
that’s steal, Rick. RICK: Um, so you’re still
good at 4,500 bucks? I think 4,500
is a good number. You get the opportunity
of the printings. And that can go wherever
you want to take it. It’s unlimited. I guess we have a deal. This is absolutely fabulous. I, um– now I’ve just
got to hire this guy. [laughter] [music playing] I’ll go to my truck.
And I’ll write you a check. – OK.
– Come on. All right. This is a really cool place. Yeah, it is. RICK: Chum. I’ll be a few minutes, Rick.

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100 thoughts on “Pawn Stars: Bank Note Plates Give Chumlee an Idea (Season 16) | History

  1. Frankly unless you alone can think of what you can use it for, you're wasting your time and others trying to sell it….scrap metal is all it's good for.,

  2. i dont collect currency or have interest in such but it was really cool to see them press one of the original plates

  3. Y dosent rick ever look anyone in the eyes when he makes or seals a deal? When he shakes there hand he never does.

  4. History Channel if your looking for a great idea for the next generation of shows I could possibly work something out with you .

  5. Hi, I m Gaurav From India… One of my have a one million dollar note….. can u please tell me the rate of the note
    ….

  6. Cashier: ok sir that'll be 18$ and 47 cents
    Rick: the best i can do is 3 dollars. And im taking a risk here, I'll sit on my shelves for at least a month

  7. Sloppy Editing! 2:31: 'I'm gonna call a buddy down here to help me' . He never showed up! After a stop at the printer's Ricky goes back and seals a deal for 4500 bucks, for what? A single plate, or? It's not clear at all. Any thoughts of the gazillion other plates in the warehouse, was it looked at? nah man…bad editing. Cool stuff though, is this the youtube edited version..make it loooonger! I need it.

  8. Rick has tons of knowledge about history and that's what makes me most happy and satisfied with this show + passing my history exams ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. May I ask you a question, do you have a website to show and sell these plates? I am very interesting on these plates, for its wonderful tiny picture.

  10. He told him there is a huge market and he just shat the bed with that low asking price. Currency collector my arse.

  11. 4500 for all of that? That is a steal. I thought that stuff would have gone for at least a quarter million dollars. The printing stuff is hot right now and isn't really going away anytime soon. The guy must be well off and just wanted to get rid of them to let them go for that price.

  12. At 3:42 Gutenberg did not build the first printing press. There are still printing presses in existence that were built in China about 500 years before Gutenberg was born.

  13. If those plates went to auction
    Can you imagine how long it would take to catalogue all of them
    and how much it would cost

  14. Rick: Asks the printer to print a picture of a train.

    The paper has a picture of a train on it.

    Rick: Wow! I had no idea it would look like this.

  15. Whenever Rick Said โ€œ so… do U still Want 2 do 4,500 bucksโ€ thatโ€™s when you got him on check and add more money before he gains conscience lol.

  16. Iโ€™m going to assume 4500 was for that plate or a few? No way he bought all those pallets for under 5gs, right? I get the labour and time that would go into marketing and transporting all that but still.. has to be 10 grand in scrap metal there alone..

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