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American Pickers pick on Alexandria picker

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The wheeler-dealer, who lives in the DeKalb County village of Alexandria, just a few miles up Highway 70 past Watertown, appears with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fitz, the stars of American Picker, at 8 p.m., Monday, on History Channel.


They kind of call it the Lost in Space pick because Ive got hundreds of space toys and robots, Moses said about the shows stop at his shop and man cave. I spent more time with Frank than Mike, because Franks kind of a toy guy. He was in hog heaven.


Among other items, Moses digs arcade machines, pinball machines, jukeboxes, advertising signs, soft-drink machines, gas pumps and robots. His greatest joy may be in his collection of more than 350 toy robots.









A picker for more than 30 years, Ron Moses of Alexandria gets his day in the sun as Mike Wolfe, right, and Frank Fitz, left, stars of History Channels American Pickers, visit his man cave to wheel and deal for some of his antique toys and vintage advertising signs.






He recently made a deal for a metallic co-star of a 1960s TV series.


They both really wanted to see my Lost in Space robot, but I didnt have it when they came, Moses said.


How did he come to be on the show?


Some of their scouts came by. They look at your stuff and take pictures and ask questions like, Would you sell this or sell that? and they go back and show them and then they decide if they will come or not.


Besides the two stars, a crew of 15 was present for the 5-hour taping at Moses place. That likely will be edited down to the best 5 or 10 minutes for the show.


I thought Frank was more outgoing about talking to you about your stuff. Mike was more business-minded, checking things and going over them real good, Moses said.


Mike Wolfe owns Antique Archaeology, a shop that sells antiques, vintage items and folk art in Le Claire, Iowa. Last year he opened a second store in Nashville. He also has a second home in Leipers Fork in Williamson County.


Moses sold the guys four items (were keeping what they were a secret) and said, They got em a little bit cheaper than I wanted, but it was all right.


I had a Mobil sign that Frank wanted to buy. I was going to sell it for $100 because the corners were cut off. Frank only wanted to pay $75. He wanted to play me in Foosball (over the $25 difference), but I knew he was really good at it. So we played pool. I did beat him, but he was a pretty good player. Its hard to beat a guy on his own court, said Alexandrias all-American picker.


Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.


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