Pawn Stars: MILLION DOLLAR Soviet Union Cold War Uniforms (Season 8) | History


RICK: What do we got here? KJ: We’ve got a Soviet Cold
War era general’s uniform. RICK: All right. So what are you, a communist? [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] KJ: Uh, no. [LAUGHTER] I just like the–
that’s very good. COREY: I barely remember
the whole Cold War thing. I mean, I was born
right at the end of it. RICK: Yeah, it is such
a different world. Young people don’t
even realize what it was like back then,
because I remember having nuclear bomb drills. KJ: Absolutely.
[BOMB DRILL NOISE] [LAUGHTER] COREY: What did a nuclear
bomb drill consist of? RICK: Getting
underneath your desk, because that’s going to save
you from a nuclear bomb. KJ: Well, y– they
used a buddy system. You hold your buddy, and
you drop your drawers, and he kisses your ass goodbye. [LAUGHTER] RICK: That’s true. You know, your grandpa was
at the blockade of Cuba. COREY: Really? RICK: Yeah. You know, here’s his ship,
here is a Russian ship, and they’ve both got their
guns pointed at each other. And we had
nuclear-tipped torpedoes, and they had
nuclear-tipped torpedoes. COREY: I think the
Old Man was probably trying to buy one off somebody. [LAUGHTER] RICK: The Cold War
was terrifying. We were literally on the brink
of World War III for decades. It’s amazing to think that the
person who wore these uniforms was one of the bad guys. And how much do you want? KJ: I’d like to get $900,000. [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] RICK: Well, I could do
$800,000, not $900,000. KJ: No, no, or– No, no, I meant or $1,000. RICK: OK, well, I’m–
KJ: OK, make it $1,000– RICK: –just going to
forget you said $1,000, and we’re going
to start at $900. KJ: OK. You’re tough, I tell you. RICK: Um, do you mind if I call
someone up to look at them? Because I have no idea
what they’re worth. KJ: Oh, sure.
Absolutely. RICK: OK.
KJ: Please do. CRAIG GOTTLIEB:
How are you doing? RICK: Good, how are you? Corey– COREY: What’s new? RICK: This guy stole
your dad’s jacket. [LAUGHTER] CRAIG GOTTLIEB: I know this is
going to come as a surprise, but my dad was a little
shorter than this– [LAUGHTER] –because these are huge. Holy smokes. RICK: So he’s got some Soviet
jackets that are obviously for generals, I imagine. Can you tell me
when they’re made? Is there any cool ribbons there? CRAIG GOTTLIEB: Most of these
medals are Post-World War II. RICK: OK. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: You do have
an Order of Lenin here, which is important– right there on the first one. RICK: So we do have
Order of Lenin? CRAIG GOTTLIEB: Yes, you do. The Order of Lenin is
the highest civil award given both to civilians and to
the military for a contribution to the motherland. It’s impressive. And you’ll notice it’s
first because it’s this guy’s highest medal. RICK: OK. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: And
as you know, Stalin killed most of his senior-level
leadership in the ’30s, so most guys got their start as
officers during World War II, and after the war. In the Cold War, he rose
through the ranks like this guy. There was nothing cold
about the Cold War. We almost lost
civilization many times. The Soviets’ idea
of government was very different from our idea
of government in the west. So immediately,
there was a conflict, and we knew that was coming. What’s most interesting
about this piece is the history behind it. This guy was not in
the military when he wore these uniforms because
he was a member of the KGB. RICK: OK. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: This is– these are KGB uniforms. Um, the reason you can tell
is they’ve got red piping. He was a colonel general,
which is a three-star general. So this is not a guy you
want to cross and make upset. RICK: OK. COREY: He’s definitely
a big son of a [BLEEP].. [LAUGHTER] CRAIG GOTTLIEB: KGB is
state security service, not an organization you’d
want to cross if you were living in Soviet Europe. Talk about Soviet control,
you’re talking about the KGB. Jackets– I can
probably tell you exactly when they were made. Um, look at the buttons. They are often dated. This says, um, ’76. RICK: More or less at the
height of Soviet power. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: At the height of
Soviet power, these were made. RICK: So what are they worth? CRAIG GOTTLIEB:
Um, for the pair– [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] –$650 to $750. KJ: [INAUDIBLE] CRAIG GOTTLIEB: Yeah. KJ: That– it seems to me that
it would be a heck of a lot more than that. Now that I know
that that is a Order of Lenin, that makes me even
want to get more money for it. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: Uniforms
like this don’t attract the excitement that,
for example, World War II era uniforms attract. RICK: OK. It’s just they’re too damn new. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: Yeah,
they’re just new. I mean, maybe in 50 years, these
things will be very valuable. RICK: Thanks for coming in. CRAIG GOTTLIEB: OK, Rick. Thanks, appreciate it. KJ: Well, I’m not
really happy about it. I thought it would be worth,
like, $1,000 at least. RICK: I’ll tell you what. I’ll give you $400 for them. KJ: Look at it, it’s
got the Order of Lenin. You can’t go any
better than that? I mean–
RICK: You know– KJ: –knowing– RICK: –I– I wish I could. And I think $400
is a fair price. KJ: You can’t go
five and a half? [RICK SIGHS] RICK: No. I’ll tell you what. I’ll give you four
and a quarter. KJ: How about $450? [SIGH] RICK: I mean, I just don’t
know if they’re going to sell. Um– COREY: Everything
sells eventually, pop. RICK: Yeah, I just
don’t want it to be eventually 20 years from now. COREY: And I guess that would
be my problem, not yours, right? [LAUGHTER] All right, we’ll do $450, man. KJ: Appreciate it.
COREY: OK, thank you. RICK: All right,
he’ll write you up. COREY: Meet me over there.
KJ: Thank you. Thank you. $450 will probably get me, uh,
a bottle of wine and a couple of– good night stay when
on my trip to Europe.

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