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American Pickers Guide to Picking Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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As a group, pickers seem to be born with super-exaggerated "collecting genes" that usually become obvious at an early age. We all remember, or might have even been, the kid who amassed a huge collection of comic books, baseball cards, marbles, or dolls and became, by default, the neighborhood expert in his specialty. Not surprisingly, that kid usually grows into an adult collector of equally impressive, but much more expensive, adult toys: antiques, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, advertising signs, and most anything between.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, friends for more than thirty years now, were two of those kids. As a small boy, Mike scavenged anything he could turn into a buck or use in trade for something better. At the same time, Frank was putting together what sounds like an impressive collection of the beer cans of his childhood era. The boys, who never would have dared dream they could someday make their livings as "pickers," do exactly that today - and have become television stars in the process.Read more ›
1. Way too much rehash from the show, example after example of stuff I already knew from watching.
2. It's seems Frank and Mike were hardly involved in the creation of this book, perhaps the author just watched a few season and started banging out this production. I just feel there was very little depth, both on Mike and Frank and on picking.
3. Not written from a consistent voice
4. Mistakes. Such as the author stating Knucklehead is brand of motorcycle (It's not) and in one statement suggesting making sure there were no cracks in the tubing on a bicycle before buying it as this will affect ride quality of the wheels (I think the frame was the topic and misconstrued by the author who thought the tip was about the inner-tube. Inner-tubes are easily changed, frames are an entirely different matter). I saw numerous mistakes like this throughout the book, drove me nuts.
Just my thoughts, I got it from the library thank God because this is a short, poorly edited, rehash of the show that if it was not for the show would have never been published, its just not very good.
This is a revelation if you have not seen the show and an education too. If you are already a fan of the show you would probably enjoy reading of their adventures, even if you have seen them. They give tips on how to find treasures in trash.
Sometimes it is hard to tell what part of the country they are in and who exactly they are dealing with, even who is doing the narrating, but it is still interesting. They do jump from region to region within a few paragraphs on many occasions. There is a section of black and white pictures of them on their travels; but what is missing is an illustration of the flyer they leave with their sellers and on bulletin boards of what they want - that would have been enlightening.
This is still fascinating reading, even if it is a repeat of what you have seen; because of all the information on the collectable market today and even how it has changed and possibly where it is going, even the types they do not specialize in. The tips on buying and searching and the give and take of bargaining is of interest to all who have collections or know of someone who does.
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We got this for my father in law who is a fan of the show. He really lit up when he opened this and I don't think he knew they had a book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Texan 30-something
Really enjoyed the book but you left out the lady pickers and sellers.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a total HOW TO guide. It is not anything about their past picks. I was hoping for more back story into their past picks and how they got them etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leria Draven
Arrived on time, Awesome !!! 10/29/2015 I VISITED THEIR STORE IN LECLAIRE, IOWA... AWESOME PEOPLE, AWESOME PLACE...Published 8 months ago by Colonel Michael Osos PhD
Great quality book!
A nice gift idea, for anyone that watches American pickers.