Season 11 Premieres January 8, 2024 at 7:30pm
Airing on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Collectibles returns to Maryland Public Television in January with a fresh look and a treasure trove of captivating finds. In each episode, passionate collectors bring their unique, antique, and collectible treasures for evaluation by expert appraisers, who reveal fascinating facts about the items’ history, provenance and value.
This season features an extraordinary range of items: a ceremonial sword from the Pacific Islands, a pair of vintage Air Jordan sneakers, memorabilia related to the sinking of the Titanic, a hat owned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the personal collection of a NASA astronaut, an original Barbie doll, and the single most valuable item to ever appear on the show: the first computer manufactured by Apple.
Welcome to our ongoing series of blog posts about the world of collecting and collectibles. We hope you enjoy each installment as we celebrate the return of Chesapeake Collectibles.
Recommended Reading from Chesapeake Collectibles
Ask the appraisers of Chesapeake Collectibles to share an insight and you get something akin to a masterpiece collage.
We proved this recently when we asked them to each pick a book they would recommend as indispensable or indelibly memorable for collectors. The results ranged from definitive reference works to art- and collection-themed novels you won’t put down once you start. READ MORE >>
Air Date: March 4, 2024
A painting purchased for $25 contains more than first meets the eye. The story of Japanese Americans interned during WWII is revealed through hand-carved birds. And guests share a collection of items once belonging to astronaut Alan Shephard, a bronze sculpture by Native American artist Alfred Ziegler, and an Art Deco magazine rack.
Air Date: February 26, 2024
A historic collection of Carter G. Woodson's pioneering work, The Journal of Negro History. An intricate, 19th century cigar humidor made in Germany's Black Forest region. A painting by renowned French Art Deco artist, Louis Icart. A pair of Caucasian rugs amaze an appraiser. And, a junk store find is revealed to be one of Sly and the Family Stone's last gold records.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles Episode 1108 | Cigar humidor; Louis Icart painting & More
Air Date: February 19, 2024
A carved figurine used by the inhabitants of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in their elaborate funeral rituals. A collection of baseballs signed by members of the 500 home run club. A Remington New Model Army Revolver issued to Union troops. A pristine 1920s vanity case rescued from a dumpster. And, a set of discharge papers issued to US Colored Troops shortly after the Civil War.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1107 | Carved figurine; 500 home run club; vanity case & More
Air Date: February 12, 2024
Portraits reveal a link between the Eastern Shore and Nicaragua. A tea set kept in a suitcase proves a pristine collection of Colonial silver. A collection of photographs taken in Maryland, featuring President Kennedy, Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson. A library of materials relating to Martin Luther King Jr's Poor People's Campaign. And, a complete collection of 1956 Topps baseball cards.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1106 | Colonial silver; historic portraits; baseball cards & More
Air Date: February 5, 2024
An iconic newspaper headline makes a long-awaited appearance. A Babe Ruth baseball card found in a junk shop proves a highly profitable purchase. A portrait by renowned artist David Park is shared by the portrait's subject. The journey of a blood-stained diary, lost by a Union soldier, tells a unique story. And, a ceremonial sword made from shark teeth astonishes an appraiser.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1105 | Iconic newspaper; Babe Ruth card; David Park portrait & More
Air Date: January 29, 2024
A gift from a friend is revealed to be the first Barbie doll. An unusual signature raises the value of a Joe Montana rookie card. A basement find proves to be a highly sought after bottle of Remy Martin cognac. An Afghan war rug tells the story of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. And, discover the historic significance of a photograph taken of US Colored Troops during the Civil War.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1104
Air Date: January 22, 2024
Historic treasures abound in this episode, including a ceremonial hat that once belonged to Benito Mussolini; a series of prints commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen; a Nazi dagger confiscated from a member of the SS; a collection of rare prototype plates produced for the B&O railroad; and a Colt Dragoon revolver intended for the foreign market.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1103
Air Date: January 15, 2024
A guest shares an extraordinary collection of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. Discover "what's hot" and "what's not" in modern collectibles. The value of a Maasai portrait shocks the owners. A Swiss pocket watch brooch is revealed to have more than just sentimental value. And, the origins of a Colonial-era betty lamp are uncovered.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1102
EPISODE 1101: Season 11 Premiere!
Air Date: January 8, 2024
A priceless treasure brings a treasure of her own for evaluation. An auction acquisition is revealed to be a piece of White House china. Historian and social media influencer Evan Woodard shares one of his latest finds. An ornate, monumental clock impresses an appraiser. And, one of the first computers manufactured by Apple is revealed to be the single most valuable item to ever appear on the show.
Preview: Chesapeake Collectibles 1101
Major funding is provided by Alex Cooper Auctioneers