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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Phoenix

Airs Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: In Phoenix, Arizona, Rudy Franchi appraises a 1966 "Hogan's Heroes" lunchbox.

Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.

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Join the fun as you test your appraisal skills on actual antiques from across the USA. The app incorporates only real antiques, photos, item histories and values, as appraised on the TV series. Your purchase supports PBS and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Appraisal Updates

Learn about new developments surrounding appraisals from previous ROADSHOW segments.

The first visit to Phoenix was in 1997, when Arizona’s biggest story was a UFO sighting dubbed the “Phoenix Lights.”

Flash forward 15 years for these believe-it-or-not ROADSHOW moments: “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” the original 1897 letter to the New York Sun, was appraised at $20,000 to $30,000 and gets a nice current value of $30,000 to $50,000; on the other hand, a circa 1890 mechanical bank, then worth $3,700, gets a lump of coal and a current value of $1,000 to $1,500.

This episode originally aired in 2012.

Miss last week's show? Catch up on your appraisal watching in the ROADSHOW Archive. Search by city, episode, season, and more!

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Vintage Phoenix: 1966 "Hogan's Heroes" Lunch Box

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"Jonah and the Whale" Mechanical Bank, ca. 1890