Season 6, Episode 13
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Stash
Walt steps into the ring with a customer over an original Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game; a rare piece of original Sal Buscema art.
At the podcast, Walt says there are a couple toys that get elevated to the icon status. "Americana is not something you see every day coming into the Stash," he says...
At the Stash, a customer comes in with a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots set from the '60s. Walt admits the toy never ended up under his Christmas tree as a child. The customer reacquired the toy online - a first generation edition - after his mother gave his original one away. The customer takes the toy out the box and Walt is in awe. "This is Americana," he says. "This is apple pie, dumplings and baseball." Walt plays against the customer as the guys cheer and Walt is declared the winner. After the match, the customer names his price: $175. Walt is high on adrenaline and really wants the toy, but suggests $75. The customer comes back at $150 and they settle on $100 after Walt promises to keep it for himself instead of reselling it.
A customer walks in with a collection of vintage Superman belt buckles, something the Stash has never owned. One of the buckles is 55 years old and another is still on the belt. The customer wants to sell them to buy a copy of Batman Adventures #12 - which includes the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn. She wants $175 for the lot and Walt tries to bring her down to $100. She suggests $150 instead and he comes back at $110. They meet at $125.
At the podcast, the guys choose which robots they'd love to see in a fight. Kevin picks Brainiac and HAL 9000; Walt picks R2-D2 and Tom Servo; Ming picks BB-8 and K-9, Mike picks Iron Giant and Megazord; Bryan pics C-3PO and "that silver C-3PO guy from the first Star Wars."
At the Stash, the guys think of what their super team name would be. Ming suggests the Nightmare Squadron. "That rolls right off the tongue," Bryan jokes. A customer walks in with a piece of original art. It's Sal Buscema's iconic "Too Many Jokers" issue from 1999 that he penciled and inked, which originally came with a promotional pair of Underoos. Walt remembers the time Ming wore Wonder Woman-themed underwear at the store and has a good laugh. The customer is selling the piece because he wants to buy Mego dolls and asks for $750. Walt asks Ming to weigh in and Ming counter offers $300. The customer brings his price down to $600 and Walt offers $500, plus Polaroid photos of Ming in Underoos. "That's a deal!" the customer jokes. "I'll text you my number!"
Later, a customer stops by to see a copy of Amazing Adventures #18. Walt calls it "one of the most underrated series of all time" and offers it for $24.95. The customer immediately agrees. "I like a man that doesn't want to negotiate!" Walt exclaims.