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What You Don’t Know About The Experts On Pawn Stars

What You Don’t Know About The Experts On Pawn Stars


Because most reality TV shows are about as
authentic as a three dollar bill, lots of these series will often bring in experts on
various subjects to boost their credibility. History Channel’s Pawn Stars often makes use
of specialists who themselves have become quite famous thanks to frequent appearances. These men and women can help determine whether
a big ticket item is the real deal or just a piece of junk. But who are they really? Here’s a look at what you don’t know about
the ‘experts’ on Pawn Stars. Bob Yuhas An antiques restorer who first appeared on
Pawn Stars during Season 8, Bob Yuhas specializes in “restoring, repairing and the conservation
of antiques.” In his own words, he can make “old things
look new and new things look old.” Yuhas’ restoration abilities are no joke,
although his line delivery could use a little work — “This safe was built 140 years ago with
old world craftsmanship.” — which is odd, because in addition to Yuhas’
work with antiques, he’s also an actor. If you’re a fan of the Food Network reality
series Mystery Diners, he might look familiar. He appeared in an episode titled “Night Shift”
as the buddy of a late-night bartender that was supposedly undermining his unsuspecting
boss. We say “supposedly” because as Radar Online
reveals, the show was busted for fakery. With Pawn Stars dodging its own accusations
of staging, Bob Yuhas’ addition to the series’ list of experts feels somewhat ironic. Bill Tsagrinos Specializing in collecting and restoring classic
vehicles, Bill Tsagrinos runs The Underground Garage, where he fixes up awesome rides like
his signature 1967 Volkswagen Bus. Before Tsagrinos appeared on Pawn Stars, his
love of cars played out on the Bill Goldberg-hosted reality TV show known as Bullrun, where he
and his brother George successfully auditioned to appear during the second season. The brothers raced their 1967 Volkswagen bus
against 11 other teams. Sadly, they didn’t win. While Pawn Stars fans know Tsagrinos primarily
for his love and knowledge about old cars, there’s another industry for which he’s known:
tiles. Tsagrinos founded T Brothers Tile, a company
“specializing in tile, granite, laminate, wood, carpet, window coverings, and water
jet cutting services.” The company claims they’ve installed more
than 26 million square feet of tile — enough to cover just over 450 football fields. Dr. Phineas T. Kastle One can’t help but instantly become a fan
of the charmingly eccentric Dr. Phineas T. Kastle, better known as “Doc Phineas.” When the guys at Pawn Stars have no idea whether
an item is authentic or even what the heck it is, Phineas is the expert they bring in
to figure it out. In addition to his vast knowledge of antiques,
Doc Phineas is a huge steampunk fan, so much so that he helped produce the Las Vegas-based
Steamathon, a weekend-long celebration of all things steampunk. Although known as “Doc” Phineas, he could
technically change his name to professor. According to Phineas, he’s taught college
classes for over 45 years. Docs Phineas is also an actor, singer, and
he’s known to dance every now and then too. Rock, on, doc! Sean Rich The owner of Tortuga Trading, Sean Rich is
an “antique arms and armor specialist” as well as an expert on shipwreck treasure. This may be why Disney turned to Rich when
filming Pirates of the Caribbean. He was generous enough to lease and sell items
for the making of the second and third movie, and he also provided props for AMC’s American
Revolution-based drama Turn. Rich appeared on Pawn Stars series in 2011,
but then walked away because, according to Rich, both the Pawn Stars producers and the
History Channel required an “exclusive contract.” Rich said, “[The contract would] lock me down,
control me, my business, future, my appearance, how I make a living to provide for my family.” In 2013, Rich opted to hop over to National
Geographic to host and star in the series Lords of War. The History Channel must have come around
eventually, because he returned to Pawn Stars in 2014. Jesse Amoroso Pawn Stars’ vintage musical instrument and
amplifier specialist, Jesse Amoroso happens to own the famous Cowtown Guitars. Amoroso and his wife Roxie, who also appears
at Cowtown, were known locally for their “sleaze-rock band” Pigasus before buying Cowtown in 2011. Fun fact: Cowtown was actually founded in
1990 by Bob Seger touring guitarist Mark Chatfield. Cowtown has thrived under the ownership of
Amoroso, thanks in part to the celebrity he’s gained as a frequently featured expert on
Pawn Stars. The boom in business might be why Amoroso
ultimately decided to relocate — he’s now “within walking distance of the legendary
Gold & Silver Pawn.” Through Cowtown, Amoroso happens to own “one
of the largest collections of vintage instruments in North America.” For a true music lover, it doesn’t get much
better than that. Jeremy Brown It seems pretty common for Pawn Stars experts
to relocate their businesses to be closer to the Gold & Silver Pawn. Jeremy Brown, the show’s go-to sports memorabilia
guy, moved his Ultimate Sport Cards & Memorabilia business in 2012. Brown’s business was doing pretty well for
itself before he made the big move, but he’s said he wanted to “fully embrace the opportunity
that the show has provided and be near other fellow experts.” Brown said that his life as a sports memorabilia
expert began with an addiction to collecting baseball cards. According to Sports Collectors Daily, Brown
feels working with Pawn Stars is “an absolute blessing” as the show allows him to share
his love of sports memorabilia “with millions of people.” Steve Grad A Professional Sports Authenticator who appeared
on Pawn Stars between 2013 and 2014, Steve Grad got caught up in some embarrassing controversies
that make it very unlikely he’ll reappear on the show anytime soon. The trouble started when Grad found himself
at the center of a 2011 lawsuit. Apparently, his company has tried to pass
off a signature as belonging to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s own daughter came forward with
an expert and successfully challenged the claim. It turned out that Grad’s “expert opinion”
had cost collectors hundreds of thousands of dollars after he allegedly approved scores
of forgeries as legitimate. And it gets worse: despite heavily implying
that he’d been educated at the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism, further research
determined that Grad had actually attended Columbia College Chicago instead, and he never
even graduated. In fact, during a court-ordered deposition,
he’d revealed he’d received no formal training of any kind to back up his “expert” label. He instead credits much of what he knows to
being mentored by the “King of Memorabilia” Bill Mastro — a man who landed in prison
after being busted for various acts of fraud. Mark Hall-Patton Unlike fraud Steve Grad, Mark Hall-Patton
was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as “the real deal.” Hall-Patton is the museum administrator for
the Clark County Museum system. Although nicknamed “The Beard of Knowledge,”
he readily admits that if he doesn’t know something, he’s always ready to perform detailed
research. Most of us would turn to Google, but Hall-Patton
can also pull facts from his personal library of over 20,000 books. He’s appeared on close to 100 episodes of
Pawn Stars, making him one of the show’s better-known experts. His wife, Dr. Colleen Hall-Patton, wrote a
Celebrity Studies article on her husband’s sudden fame, and he even has a group of fanboys
in the Washington State Penitentiary. And sometimes, for fun, he pretends to be
zombie. No, really. “Ha, I can’t keep it up.” Stuart Lutz Appearing on Pawn Stars during its eighth
season, Stuart Lutz authenticates “historic documents, manuscripts and letters,” and he’s
also one of the few experts to be granted a seal of approval by the Appraisers Association
of America “in the field on Books and Manuscripts: Historic Documents.” Lutz has an online catalog of historic documents,
autographs, letters, and manuscripts, and also owns one of just three authentic castings
of President Eisenhower’s hands, something that’s either really awesome or really creepy. We can’t quite decide. Lutz wrote The Last Leaf, a book about the
last known survivors to witness major historical events or interact with now deceased celebrities. That’s…kind of morbid. Brett Maly A fine art appraiser who appeared on Pawn
Stars between 2010 and 2014, Brett Maly also earned a bit of celebrity for his 2011 appraisal
of an authentic Andy Warhol sketch, which was purchased for just $5 at a garage sale. Not content to leave the fine art world to
the rich, Maly published a 2014 book called The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art, which features
a foreword penned by Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison. The book is meant to help the average person
procure and profit from fine art…and avoid selling off rare art that they happen to own
for a meager $5. Interestingly, long before his current highbrow
occupation, Maly worked as a DJ for KOOL 105.5 in Florida, where he was often responsible
for radio voiceovers and board operations. So…that’s pretty random! Rebecca Romney The only female expert featured on Pawn Stars,
bibliophile Rebecca Romney’s expertise is “rare and antiquarian books and documents. But there’s a bit more to her than dusty old
texts: in addition to English, she speaks French and Japanese fluently, and can actually
read six languages, including Latin, Ancient Greek, and Old English. And, in case you’re not impressed by that,
Old English actually looks and sounds like this: She also hosted a Reddit “ask me anything”
in 2014, during which she admitted to going on double dates with Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison. And she once brought filming on the Pawn Stars
set to a halt because a rare book wasn’t being handled properly. Now that’s a bibliophile. Murray Sawchuck Better known as “Magic Murray,” Murray Sawchuck
is easily distinguishable from the other experts thanks to his spiky, bleach-blond hairstyle. The celebrity magician and funnyman is called
upon from time to time to give his expert opinion on all sorts of “magical items.” The self-proclaimed “Dennis the Menace of
Magic” is no stranger to the reality TV show circuit. He also made appearances on both America’s
Got Talent and the reality dating series Blind Date, which detailed his magical search for
love. “Hello.” “Hey, how you doing?” “How are you?” Although things didn’t work out with Georgia,
Magic Murray did find eventually love with Britain’s Got Talent performer Chloe Crawford,
and the couple were married in 2012. Sadly, a few years later, Crawford dumped
him for rival illusionist Criss Angel. Harsh. Well, they say what goes around comes around,
and Crawford was reportedly dumped by Angel less than a year after she left Sawchuck. Looks like these magicians know how to make
a relationship disappear. Matthew C. Shortal He claims to be an expert on all things military
and aviation — and Matthew C. Shortal definitely has the résumé to back it up. Not only did he achieve the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel in the United States Marines, Shortal is also a former U.S. Navy Blue Angel Pilot
and an honest-to-goodness graduate of the elite TOPGUN program. Additionally, Shortal is an avid triathlon
competitor, and has competed in Ironman 70.3 as part of a team. Sounds like he feels the need…for speed. “I feel the need…the need for speed! Ow!” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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Reader Comments

  1. All of those undercover boss thing is so fake I've seen so many of them the actors they use are SOOOOOOO bad.

  2. The funny thing is I actually met doc Phineas in person a couple years ago at the high Sierras steamcon basically it's my local steampunk convention in Nevada Reno and Sparks awesome guy sweetest guy I've ever met I have a picture of him somewhere in my phone that is

  3. That autograph expert is not an expert plenty of the things he’s “authenticated” has been proven to be fake.
    The art expert is not an actually expert. He never went to any type of schooling for it at all

  4. People who accuse pawn stars of being fake and staged are the same kind of people who say the Onion is fake.

  5. Ok at this point we all know this is staged. However, at least the “experts” are actually experts and not just a bunch of schmucks who are given lines to read (for the most part at least, that signature dude was questionable).

  6. Falsifying experts to increase profits has to fall under the line of con artistry. Unless the entire show is scripted.

    Regardless, pawn stars is on some bullshit.

  7. "Well now, what is it you need to know".??   "Well now, what is it you need to know".??  "Well now, what is it you need to know".??  "Is it real & what's it worth".??  "Is it real & what's it worth".??   Is it real & what's it worth".??  Obviously this show doesn't have script writers…

  8. So how do they get these experts onto the show so quick..? Rick says wait a few minutes and they appear, in reality that's surely not the case as people are often indisposed, in traffic, busy with work or family, out of town or any number of things, how can they suddenly just appear on the show like that so quick..?

  9. I'm not sure this vid has any expert opinion of any of the pawnstar experts…seems like a lot of talk and no action here.garbage hype.

  10. I knew Steven Grad was a fake. You can tell he doesn't know shit. Just the way he acts like he knows a lot. What a piece of shit.

  11. Only came here to see if Rebecca is legit. I was relieved to hear she brought filming to a halt over the mishandling of a book. Legit enough for me.

  12. Going to have to see if these guys check out. Let me bring in my expert on people who claim they’re experts and see what he thinks.

  13. I could care less if its scripted. I just like hearing the history of the items and seeing the oddities.

  14. Guy: I have the original painting of Mona Lisa with Michelangelo’s signature on it

    Rick: all I can is offer 50 cents and I’m taking a risk

  15. It’s all an act folks sorry in the late 90s the Pawn Shop was still a pawn shop on the north end of LV Blvd

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