The Big Ten Network has its own memorabilia reality show. Big Ten Treasure Hunter debuted this week with host John Arcand traveling throughout the country to offer up his opinion and expertise on Big Ten memorabilia collections, from decades of University of Michigan football programs, ticket stubs and jerseys to John Wooden Purdue basketball items.
Inspired by the stories behind such Big Ten collectibles, the 30-minute show features Arcand meeting with Big Ten fans and collectors and listening to the historic tales about each item. In the premiere, Arcand meets with a Michigan collector with an extensive collection of Wolverine items, including a football card of President Gerald Ford, famously a Michigan football alum. The premiere episode also features an Indiana fan who owns a section of the old Assembly Hall basketball floor where former Indiana head coach Bob Knight infamously threw “the chair.”
“Big Ten Treasure Hunter represents an evolution in our original programming, featuring great storytelling around these rare collectible items, and entertaining our viewers in a new and creative way,” said Bill Friedman, coordinating producer of BTN Originals. “The real-time negotiations between John and the collectors add another layer of intrigue to the show.”
Throughout the summer, BTN traversed the country in search of hard-to-find Big Ten sports memorabilia. According to Arcand, the stories poured in, giving him an opportunity to feature at least three Big Ten collections in each of the eight episodes. All 14 Big Ten schools will be featured at least once throughout the series.
Arcand is the owner of Big John & Little Debby’s Collectibles, a Chicago area sports card and memorabilia shop. He talks about the show in a BTN interview below.
Big Ten Treasure Hunter is produced by FlashRock Films. The eight-show series will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on BTN and BTN2Go. Check local listings for the episodes to re-air.