Local collector featured on new A&E show

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Ever watch Storage Wars, with its eccentric character Barry Weiss? A&E has now offered him his own spin-off show called Barry'd Treasure.

It's a show all about finding those rare collectibles out there. And next week, Barry will be featuring a collector from right here in the Valley, real-estate mogul Michael Pollack.

Tess Rafols showed us some of the treasures featured at the Pollack Advertising Museum at Baseline and Alma School. Pollack has flown all over the world to buy individual items or entire collections for his museum.

"I've been collecting three-dimensional advertising displays for a long time," says owner Michael Pollack. "This is probably the largest assemblage in the world of three-dimensional advertising displays."

He is especially proud of his Baranger displays. "The animation is so cool, if you look at the amazing characters and their faces," he says. The displays were store-window mechanical animated displays, rented to jewelers and produced from 1925 to 1959 by the Baranger Company.

Pollack estimates he has more than 8,000 pieces in his museum. "It's been a collection that I've been working on for almost 40 years," he says, describing his childhood beginnings. "I would actually go to the flea markets on Saturdays and would buy beer signs for $25."

Although the facility is closed to the public, Pollack gives private tours. He also welcomes collectors from around the globe.

The Barry'd Treasure episode featuring the Pollack Advertising Museum will air April 29. Pollack says he will be focusing on the Baranger displays.

To learn more about the museum, visit www.pollackmuseum.com.

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