Collection Agency

Your grandpa claims he palled around with Al Capone. One day, a strong wind blew away the mobster’s Fedora and gramps caught it. “Keep it,” responded Capone, as he ducked into his armored 1928 Cadillac and zoomed onto Star Island. It’s a tall tale told each Thanksgiving. But now, you can call the old man’s bluff. Taunt him to take the damn Fedora to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, where the odd and the rare are appraised on the spot. Have a hunch your family’s velvet-lined box full of stakes and Bibles is a vampire-killing kit? Could be — one was purchased for $10,000 at another stop on the Roadshow. And if dreams involving Folsom Prison make you think you might sleeping on Johnny Cash’s actual bed, you might as well have that checked out too. The Man in Black’s four-poster was sold for $30,000 at the Roadshow. You’ve wasted too much breath claiming the stuff you own is valuable. This weekend it’s time to prove it. Bring armfuls of unusual junk to Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel this Thursday when it opens at 9 a.m.
Jan. 6-8, 9 a.m., 2011

 
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