Bring your valuables to Slidell Roadshow

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Bring your valuables to Slidell Roadshow

By KEVIN CHIRI

Slidell news bureau

 

SLIDELL – Remember that mysterious bag of coins or fascinating watch your parents or grandparents left to you?

It’s time to dig it out of the attic and bring it to the Slidell Roadshow next week where certified evaluators will be available for five days, seeking valuable collectibles of many kinds to purchase. The show will be held in Slidell from Tuesday through Saturday, April 11-15.

The International Estate Collectors Association (IECA) is sponsoring the free local event that will be held at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, located at 1752 Gause Blvd., next to Ochsner Medical Center. They will review items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, then 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Matthew Austin and Eddie Brown will bring their many years of expertise to the Slidell Roadshow where they will be looking for much more than coins or watches. And they are only here to purchase items, not sell them, since they are brokers working for high-level collectors around the country.

“There is no pressure to sell anything you have,” Austin said. “We will be here to answer your questions and make an offer to buy many of the items we see. If you don’t want to sell, you can just leave with some good information.”

Austin said that coins and pocket watches are two of the most popular things they deal in, but they also see a lot of war memorabilia. Additionally, they are interested in vintage guitars, paper currency pre-1934, and clocks.

Much of what they see are old coins, but they will also consider class rings, sterling flatware, tea sets and any kind of silver jewelry to purchase since they also buy gold and silver.

“We work directly with collectors and that cuts out the middle man to get you top dollar,” Austin added. “Any kind of gold or silver is something we are interested in as well.”

Austin said he got interested in the antiques business when he was a young boy.

“I spent several years sifting through old coins with my grandmother,” he explained. “That’s where I learned about the 1943 copper penny and I’ve been trying to find one of them ever since.”

Austin said that the ’43 copper penny is one of the most valuable coins out there. He said there are reportedly only 10 left in existence, and only four of them have surfaced in recent years. The last time one of them was put up for sale it fetched $1.7 million.

As for their own International Estate Collectors work, Austin said they recently paid $225,000 for a 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar. Last week, he said, they bought a large stash of Japanese war memorabilia during a show in Huntsville, Ala.

“Our goal is to truly give you fair market value for your items,” he said. “Like I said, there is no pressure to sell anything. We answer questions, give you our expertise on the items, and then you can do what you want.”

He said they have had their share of people who went crazy with excitement, and others who have been disappointed.

“Some people have been told they have things that are very valuable and sometimes we have to give them the bad news that it isn’t,” he said. “We never know what we are going to see when we do a show. It’s really very interesting to see what comes in the door for us to evaluate.”

“This is the time to go through your attic or garage where you have put away items you always wondered about,” he said. “Come see us at the Wingate next week and we’ll help you get a value on whatever you have.”

Austin said he recently paid over $90,000 for a Morgan Silver Dollar coin minted in Carson City, Nev.

“We have paid thousands of dollars for wrist and pocket watches,” he added. “We see it all. It’s amazing what some people have tucked away that’s been passed down through the generations, or items they simply have no more use, but don’t realize how valuable they are.”

For show information or directions, call 904-417-0720.

 

 

 

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