Owner Interview: 1953 Fender Telecaster with Amp & Case
INTERVIEWER: Tim, you've just finished having your appraisal with Richard Johnston for tv. Tell us what happened out there.
He was happy. When you make the appraiser happy I guess that's about all you could do. You realize how nice of an instrument you have. So, he informed me that the guitar in the condition, and the year, and the shape that it was in along with the case which is almost non-existent, and the amplifier was quite a value. And I'm still in shock. I think there's not much more I could say about it other than the fact that I'm just very proud to have this and been able to keep it in the family. You always come to something like this and never think it's gonna be you and it's hard to believe. Everybody in Jamul’s gonna wonder how I ever made it here. But, here I am. And hi, Jamul, by the way. That's all I could think about now is getting my wife back in line so she has her chance at it. So, it's about all I could say about it. INTERVIEWER: Sometimes people come to talk to us after their appraisal and they're in shock and can't remember what the dollar figure was that the appraiser told them. Can you remember what Richard said your stuff is worth?
It's branded in my brain. Yeah, 30 to 35. It's something it'll passed down to my family and my grandkids and everybody anyway. So, maybe one of them will play. Who knows. I don't even know what I'm gonna do with it now though. I'm afraid to set it down somewhere. I'll be carrying this around the rest of the day with me. And then pick up the wagon full of other stuff. So, we have a lot long day ahead of us that's for sure.
Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."
Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.
Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.
Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.
Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.
Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.