Based on the popular BBC series running since 1979, the PBS Antiques Roadshow combines history with discovery. Each year, the show visits a handful of cities to appraise items brought in by viewers. Are these items worth a lot of money, more than the visitors expect? To be fair, this concept has been copied again since, with East Tennessee Public Television's Treasures In Your Attic, but WGBH/Boston, always the pioneer PBS station, will say their derivative came first.
In Tampa, host Mark Walberg checks out a scrapbook focusing on Joe DiMaggio's 1941 56-game hitting streak; a marriage license issued to Davy Crockett; and a painting by artist James E. Buttersworth (1817-94). Appraiser David Rago is the guest.
Items appraised in the second of three episodes in Tampa include Sioux artifacts, golf collectibles, marble-head-art pottery, and a copy of the first book printed in Wyoming. Appraiser Leila Dunbar is the guest.
Items appraised in the last of three episodes in Tampa include circus toys and posters, an 18th-century dressing table and a Tabriz carpet. Appraisers Noel Barrett and Nicholas Lowry are the guests.
The first of three episodes in Houston includes a look at a whaling ship, walrus-tusk scrimshaw, a book of Mexican War battlefield illustrations and a collection of unopened football cards from 1958. Also: a visit to a home decorated with items made from beer cans.
The second of three episodes in Houston includes a 19th-century box desk, a set of lithographed orange-crate labels and a bronze sculpture that's a replica of an original by scuptress Edith Parson. Appraiser Beth Szescila is the guest.
Conclusion in Houston. Included: NASA collectibles; a set of Wedgewood Fairyland lusterware; an English Regency rosewood settee; a watch that once belonged to Mickey Mantle.
Part 1 of 3. In Los Angeles: an 18th-century Goan ivory doll, a Massachusetts shelf clock and a Russian porcelain charger. Appraiser Gary Sohmers is the guest.
Items appraised in the second of three episodes in Los Angeles include a painting of the French Riviera by Louis Aston Knight, and a deco poster collection of Monte Carlo coquettes. Also: Academy Award memorabilia, including a 1961 ballot, a 1972 program and an Oscar statue
Items appraised in the last of three episodes in Los Angeles include rhinestone-studded, western-style clothes created by Nudie Cohn; and a collection of barbershop shaving mugs from the 1930s. Also: an assortment of Anna Richards Brewster paintings; and a collection of original Charles Schulz "Peanuts" comic strips. Appraiser Caroline Ashleigh is the guest.
Part 1 (of three) in Bismarck, N.D., includes a set of samurai swords, a Bennington pottery lion, and 19th-century journals from a country store near Grand Forks. Appraiser Suzanne Perrault is the guest.
Items appraised in the second of three episodes in Bismarck, N.D., include a painting of a Northern Pacific Railroad train and Civil War-era photos of John Hunt Morgan cavalry members. Also: a collection of pottery from the University of North Dakota. Appraiser Karen Keane is the guest.
Conclusion. Bismarck, N.D.: a Victorian convertible bathtub, a Bible in the Dakota language and a script for the 1935 film "The Informer", signed by director John Ford and some of the cast members. Appraiser Ken Farmer is the guest.
The first of three episodes in Providence, R.I., includes a folk-art weather vane; a 1786 diary; and a gunsmith's rifle, powder horn and log book. Appraiser Chris Mitchell is the guest.
Items appraised in the second episode in Providence, R.I., include dollhouse furniture made in the 1920s and a first edition of "Anne of Green Gables." Also: production puppets from the 1964 film "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Appraiser J. Michael Flanigan is the guest.
Conclusion, from Providence, R.I., includes costume jewelry, prints by Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer, and a 1923 bronze car hood ornament. Appraiser Joyce Jonas is the guest.