My life is now completely complete. Claire and I were just listening to the Jordan Jesse Go! podcast, where co-host Jesse Thorn (America's Radio Sweetheart) waxed rhapsodic about the Antiques Roadshow. Jesse spent some time talking about the Roadshow's host, Mark L. Walberg, a.k.a. "the world's worst Mark Wahlberg". Fortunately, the show doesn't linger on Mr. Walberg, choosing instead to focus on the appraisers (Jesse Thorn's calls his favorite appraiser "Antiques Roadshow F. Tompkins").
It's always interesting to watch the smug appraisees find out their "antique" is a Taiwanese knockoff. It's also fun to watch the backwoods granny with the corncob pipe and the Monet painting triumph.
I agree with Jesse that this segment is quite possibly the greatest segment in the history of Antiques Roadshow. A rather smug gentleman shows off his rare "animated" pull pig toy. The fellow doesn't get his comeuppance, though. His confidence in the awesomeness of his pig toy is rewarded by a $2000-$2500 appraisal for his $200 investment.
I'll let you marvel on your own. Turn-of-the-century kids were SO LUCKY! I would have traded my Stretch Armstrong AND my Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots for one of these.