Big Ten Treasure Hunter, the American Pickers-style TV show that hunts down vintage memorabilia associated with the conference, has returned for a second season.
Long-time collector and former card shop owner John Arcand hosts the show, which takes viewers across conference territory, searching for memorabilia. Acting on viewer submitted tips, each 30-minute episode features Arcand meeting with collectors to understand the story behind the items they’ve spent years gathering, and then considering if there is a deal to be made.
The current season began last month and includes:
•A tour of an extensive collection of old football board games owned by Steve Anderson, who literally wrote the brook on them. Arcand purchases a couple.
•A Purdue collector who owns a 1930’s-era All American certificate for John Wooden (and who demands an astronomical amount from Arcand)
•Negotiating with a seven-year-old collector
•A collection of Northwestern memorabilia that Arcand purchases in one fell swoop
BTN and Arcand traveled extensively this summer to find memorabilia tucked away in basements or displayed proudly in homes across the country. He also met with fans who submitted details of their collections to btn.com.
All 14 Big Ten schools are represented in the eight-episode series, which airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go.
The Arlington Daily Herald caught up with Arcand, who also runs a collectibles shop in Wauconda, IL, a Chicago suburb and runs a large electrical manufacturing business.