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Willie Mays uniform fetches $31,000
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All of us need to do some attic cleaning. Count it a good day when you get on "Pawn Stars" and go home with a check. On a recent episode of the History Channel show, a uniform touted as a Willie Mays game-worm uniform was brought into the shop. More



Gold set for best year since 2010
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Gold is poised to climb the most in two years as prospects for additional economic stimulus by governments from the U.S. to China stoke demand for the precious metal as a bet against inflation, a survey showed. Bullion for immediate delivery may reach $1,800 an ounce by the year-end, extending gains this year to 15 percent, according to the median forecast in the Bloomberg survey of 15 traders and analysts at a conference in Hyderabad in South India on Aug. 25. That would be the most since a 30 percent surge in 2010, data compiled by Bloomberg show. More

'Pawn Stars' creator eyeing San Antonio
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Will San Antonio be the setting of a future reality hit? Brent Montgomery, who grew up in the Alamo City, Texas, and is the force behind the cable mega-hit "Pawn Stars," would like to make that happen. "I'm always looking for great TV characters and an excuse to come home more often," he said in a phone chat from New York. "My casting and development people know San Antonio is where I want to be." More

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Guns in America, a statistical look
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There are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives numbers (as of Aug. 1) . Of those, 51,438 are retail gun stores, 7,356 are pawn shops and 61,562 are collectors, with the balance of the licenses belonging mostly to manufacturers and importers of firearms and destructive devices. More

In hard times, 'I buy gold' is Italy's boom business
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Times are now so tough that Valerio Novelli, a ticket inspector on Rome's buses, is planning to sell his old gold teeth. "I can't get to the end of the month without running up debts," said Novelli, 56, who has to support an ex-wife and daughter. "I know I won't get much, but I need the money." In a country suffering from economic crisis, buying gold off desperate people has become one of the few boom industries. More



Are 'Safe Accounts' the answer to our consumer banking problems?
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With millions of people turning to costly payday loans and the hammer coming down on excessive bank fees, the time is right for financial firms to embrace what's known as Safe Accounts. These are card-based electronic accounts used primarily at ATMs and the point of sale, and which carry extremely low fees. More

Caught on video: Pawnshop smash (but no) grab
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Surveillance video inside a Shelby, N.C., pawnshop shows a vehicle intentionally smashing the locked front door. As debris and insulation rain down, a man gets out of the truck … but cameras don't show him grabbing anything inside the shop. More
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'Pawn Stars' tell story of a woman who pulled her gold tooth to sell it on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
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The boys of "Pawn Stars" have come a long way since they became stars of their own reality show. They talked a little about the early days at their pawnshop on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". More

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Pawnshop rules revised
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A slew of new regulations on Albany County, N.Y., pawnshops and secondhand dealers vetoed by County Executive Dan McCoy earlier this month are back in the legislative pipeline and headed toward a new public hearing, likely next month or in October. The new version of the law — requiring pawnshops, precious metal and secondhand dealers to be licensed More


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