For those who haven't seen it yet, a recent "Pawn Stars" episode showed Rick Harrison and Chumlee visiting a warehouse in Los Angeles where the original American Bank Note Company printing plates are being stored. The episode is entitled "The Chuminator" and is Episode 13 from Season 16. The full episode can be seen at https://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/season-16/episode-13 for those who are subscribers to one of the networks on which The History Channel is broadcast. A partial view of the segment was also recently posted on YouTube as , but it doesn't show the plates selected or the discussion of the deal.
The seller stated his desire to sell all the plates in one complete lot and seemed reluctant to sell the plates individually, but he does sell some to Rick Harrison. From my count, Rick Harrison buys 12 plates for $2500 and a terrific Peoples Insurance salesman's sample advertising plate for $2000. In my estimation, this is a steal!! The group then goes to the nearby International Printing Museum to have a train vignette printed.
It is difficult to watch the printing plates being sold off individually, but I guess that is what will eventually happen. The other disappointment is the plates have never been inventoried. I think a historical opportunity is being lost in the process.
A question I have is, "Does anybody know how the plates ended up in Los Angeles?" Considering that ABNC has always been an east coast company, it seems unusual the plate would end up in L.A.