Occasionally when shopping at thrift stores I come across a valuable little gem, now usually (If I don't want to keep it myself) I'll put it on Ebay, but this time, I think I'll wait for the roadshow to come to town, I think I can guess how it will go....
Them: "Welcome to the Roadshow, what do you have for us today"
Me: (lying) "I have a figurine which belonged to my great grandma, I can't remember who it is, but I"m sure it's old"
Them: (knowingly asking obvious questions)"Are there any details on the piece that really come out to you?"
Me:(still lying) "It's been around all my life, but there are two markings on the front which I've recently noticed, and think might be significant"
Them: "Exactly! now if you'll notice, what really shows the age of this guy is that both marks are there, this captain is really old"
Me: (exasperated) "so cut to the chase.... What's it worth???"
Me: "WHOOOOO!!!! Gettin' my Vette' "
(Dedicated to my three year old nephew, Elias who has been loving this show as long as I can remember)
Follow up: a reader shared this photo of the apprasal of a rarer and more valuable model of this antique