All Star Dealers
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series will be interesting to young sports fans and collectors, but includes plenty of iffy language ("crap," "damn"; stronger words bleeped with mouths blurred). Discussions about athletes occasionally reference their past romantic relationships. The show also serves as a promotional vehicle for the featured online auction business.
What's the story?
ALL STAR DEALERS features sports memorabilia expert Richie Russek as he searches for valuable sports memorabilia to auction for profit. Russek, the owner of Grey Flannel Auctions, works with his two sons Darren and Michael to find items that can be authenticated in order to sell online. From sifting through boxes for a signed play jersey belonging to Miami Dolphins football player Dan Merino, to flying to California to rummage through Dennis Rodman's storage unit in search of his infamous wedding dress, the Russeks are continually looking for the specific items that will sell high and bring in a maximum profit. Cameras follow as the Russeks meets with authenticators, close consignment deals with memorabilia owners, and meet with athletes to learn how some of the items made their way into American popular culture. The amount the items are sold for are revealed at the end of each show.
Is it any good?
The series offers a glimpse into the lucrative world of the billion dollar sports memorabilia industry. It also offers some noteworthy details about what to look for when determining the authenticity of the merchandise. Short snippets of information about specific athletes are an interesting addition, and will draw in young sports fans.
It doesn't score big on action, but sports fans will appreciate the conversations with athletes, as well as the information about what to look for when purchasing memorabilia of their own. Overall, there is definitely something to be learned here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about sports and its relationship to consumerism. Why is sports memorabilia so valuable? What message does it send when athletes appear in advertisements to sell things, or as guest stars on TV shows? Parents: How can you help your kids sift through these messages?
Why do you think these people agreed to be on a reality show? What do they stand to gain or lose?