Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and a world-renowned auctioneer who specializes in Hollywood memorabilia, is back and ready to hunt out lost relics, auction them off for top dollar and expand his Hollywood treasure trove. Also returning is Joe's team of experts -- Brian Chanes, Jon Mankuta, and Tracey McCall.
Joe Maddalena is on his way to late creature designer Stan Winston's warehouse to meet with Stan's son-in-Law, Erick Litoff. Stan has left behind a rich legacy of work from such films as The Terminator, Edward Scissorhands, Iron Man and Jurassic Park. A longtime family friend, the Winston family have entrusted Joe to sift through the warehouse in search of big-ticket items that could help fund The Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which educates aspiring special effects artists. Can Joe find that one special item that will meet the school's budgetary goal?
Joe Maddalena is back on the road again, and this time he's headed to the home of mega collector, Desi Dos Santos. Desi's collection has major big ticket Items from films like Terminator 2, Top Gun, Star Wars and Scarface. Joe not only hopes to find an item that will do well at auction, but one that can bring in enough funds to allow Desi to bid on an item that has eluded him for years -- a Back to the Future II Hoverboard with handlebars. What is Desi possibly willing to part with?
Joe Maddalena's mom, Betty, a retired antiques dealer, surprises Joe when she drops in on him with a lead. A Christmas museum in Ohio has had to close its doors and needs to raise enough money to reopen in a permanent location. Joe and Tracey McCall jump at the chance to help this quirky museum reopen.
Legendary movie star Debbie Reynolds pioneered movie prop and costume collecting nearly 50 years ago, amassing the largest private collection in the world. Debbie's dream to open a museum and share Hollywood history with the public will not be realized so she has decided to put her entire collection up for auction. Joe Maddalena is just the man for the job, but first he needs to take stock of her massive inventory, which includes the original Arabian style Wizard of Oz ruby slippers, and Marilyn Monroe's iconic subway-scene dress from The Seven Year Itch.
Joe Maddalena, Jon Mankuta and Fong Sam are on their way to an elite prop house in their own backyard. Abacus Costumes and Props gets props straight from films like Batman Returns, Camelot, Star Trek and The Patriot. Abacus is desperate to clear some space. Manager Steven Kirk wants the Profiles in History crew to take a look around and hopefully Joe can find some diamonds in the rough.
Joe Maddalena, Jon Mankuta and Tracey McCall travel to North Carolina to visit collector and military contractor Wesley Cannon's "man cave." Wesley's collection of horror movie memorabilia is impressive, but finding a stash of Jim Henson items is the real coup. Back at the office, Brian Chanes is authenticating a gobstopper from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then, Joe and Jon track down what appears to be Robin's sidecar from the 1960's Batman television series. Of course, there is only one person who can truly authenticate it -- Burt Ward.
It's time for Joe Maddalena's annual Appraisal Fair. Joe and his team set up shop at the Screen Actors Guild to meet with the public, who will bring them their props and Hollywood memorabilia items for review. Jon scores early with a rare Sheena, Queen of the Jungle costume. Jesse finds a Men in Black piece, but the owner won't consign. Meanwhile, Tracey searches the racks at Roxy Deluxe, a massive costume rental house. She finds Jeff Bridges' "Dude" sweater from The Big Lebowski.
Joe Maddalena and Jon Mankuta are on the road and heading to New Jersey to meet with John Azarian, a prolific 1960s sci-fi collector. John shows the team Ewoks, Storm Troopers, Light Sabers and laser pistols from his favorite show Lost in Space. Hoping to find Lost in Space items, Joe and Jon end up in Atlanta, Georgia. Unbeknownst to Jon, the late Joe Lombardi's work lays hidden away in a warehouse on the Raleigh Studios lot. Lombardi was a special effects pioneer who worked on King Kong, Star Trek, and Apocalypse Now. The co-owner of Raleigh Studios and grandnephew ...
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one of the most celebrated cinematic cars in film history, has finally made it to Los Angeles. The vintage car could generate one million dollars at auction. Meanwhile, Brian Chanes meets with collector George Klimek, who has bought some incredible movie pieces over the past 20 years. Joe returns to the loft to learn that Chitty has been booked to appear with the legendary star, Dick Van Dyke, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But it has to get there first, through Los Angeles traffic and crazy drivers. Will Chitty make it to the show in time...
Joe Maddalena pays a house call to his friend Frank Darabont, the legendary director behind The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Walking Dead. Frank wants to auction some items to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. This is great news to Joe who knows Frank to be a great collector. Meanwhile, Jesse D'Angelo and Brian Chanes attend Monsterpalooza, a massive gathering of horror artists and sci-fi icons. The guys hunt through the maze of booths, talking to B-movie actresses and blockbuster creature designers until they run into an artist ...
Joe Maddalena and Tracey McCall head to the Paley Center in Beverly Hills after receiving a call about some mysterious crates that have been found in the facility's storage, believed to be the remnants of a Star Trek franchise exhibit from 15 years ago. Later, Tracey informs the team at Profiles in History that Joe's 50th birthday is coming up, so she takes Jesse D'Angelo and Jon Mankuta on a shopping to find the perfect gift. They discover a large-scale model of Captain Nemo's Nautilus, but decide the item is perfect for auction. So what about Joe's birthday?