Originally published September 3, 2010 at 2:49 p.m., updated May 22, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.
It's every collector's dream: turning a modest outlay into a staggeringly high return on investment. The "Antiques Roadshow: Jackpot" special rolls the dice on those heady moments when luck smiles on flea market mavens and yard sale savants.
This special recalls such spectacular windfalls as a landscape painting acquired for $1.50 at a Salvation Army "half price" sale and valued at $10,000 to $15,000; an art pottery vase, grabbed at a garage sale for less than five dollars and estimated to be worth $13,000 to $17,000; a 19th-century album of watercolor paintings, scooped up at a yard sale for a quarter, with an estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000; and a 1951 Minneapolis Millers baseball uniform worn by Willie Mays, scored at a sports collectibles show for $50 and valued at $60,000 to $80,000.
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