American Pickers : Season 1

    • Air date: 18 Jan '10 12 episodes
      Have you been building up a collection of Americana over the past 50 years or so? If so, then Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz may pay you a visit one day. The Midwestern pickers travel across America in search of rare artifacts and national treasures that they can buy from the collectors they visit and then sell in their antiques shops or, in some cases, put in their personal collections. They often have to dig through boxes or piles filled with items that have accumulated over the years, which are
  • List of Episodes (12)

    1. Episode 1

    • Mike and Frank try to acquire a vintage carnival ride from a reluctant seller named Bear; 12-foot advertising sign of the iconic Philip Morris bellhop; World War II Japanese samurai sword; old saddle; vintage bike parts.

    2. Super Scooter

    • Mike and Frank use a motorcycle sidecar part found earlier to help close the deal on a rare Vespa Ape scooter; Mike meets the "Goat Man," whose collection of buses is buried under weeds; a collector with 32 tractors and farming memorabilia.

    3. White Castle on the Farm

    • Mike and Frank find a White Castle hamburger building on a farm; the duo discovers a veritable museum full of antiques and collectibles; negotiating for an old soda fountain and a cigarette machine.

    4. Invisible Pump

    • Circa 1920s "visible" gas pump designed to allow drivers to see the grade of fuel being pumped into their cars; Mike and Frank visit an opera house built in 1879 that has become home to vintage movie posters.

    5. Back Breaker

    • Mike has injured his back but can't afford to take time off to recuperate; the guys make a big mistake while exploring a 92-year-old Iowa farmer's collection; the guys counsel a prolific collector from Ohio who is reluctant to part with a jukebox.

    6. Mole Man

    • Mike and Frank bet on who's the best picker while on the road in Pennsylvania, with the loser having to clean their smelly and filthy van; the guys meet "Mole Man" Ron, a picker with a mostly hand-built, 26-room underground lair.

    7. Frank's Gamble

    • After the guys discover a basement full of vintage cars, Frank makes a big offer for a 1939 Plymouth; the guys find a mother lode of rare bikes and motorbikes in New Hampshire.

    8. 5 Acres of Junk

    • Mike and Frank travel to New Orleans and encounter a quirky antiques dealer with a sprawling collection; a relic hunter's collection includes fossils; rare visible-gas pumps; automotive graveyard with more than 2,000 motorbikes.

    9. Bigfoot in Alabama

    • The guys meet a Mississippi motorcycle collector with lots of cool stuff but high asking prices; an Alabama car hobbyist's yard looks like a vintage parking lot; Alabama Museum of Wonder; vintage scooter shop in Birmingham, Ala

    10. Know When to Fold

    • The guys are running low on cash and desperate for a good pick in the South; a nostalgic owner is reluctant to part with his treasures; collection of rare automobiles; famous cartoonist's sketchbook; pottery collection found in Atlanta.

    11. Fill'Er Up

    • A collector in Georgia has a shed packed with curios and movie memorabilia from his family's drive-in theater; vehicle collection in Florida; property with tractors, signs and an outbuilding full of treasures.

    12. Leland's Cafe

    • Mike finds two rare bicycles after Danielle gets a sketchy lead about a collection owned by a reluctant seller; Mike and Frank come bearing a gift when they pay another visit to Leland.