1. The odds of getting into Stanford University are greater than making it onto the show.
At least, in some cases: When the show visited a convention center in Santa Clara, California in 2014, more than 22,000 applied for tickets, but fewer than 50, or about 0.2 percent of those who applied, actually made it onto the show that aired, according to .
2. The U.K. version has been around way longer.
Roadshow began on the other side of the pond in 1979. The American version has only been around since 1997.
3. Some people refuse to appear on camera.
One of the most prized collections ever appraised at a Roadshow event was spanning George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt. After learning the signatures could bring a million dollars, the owner did not want to be on TV. Fair enough!
4. Family Bibles and pictures of Jesus are two of the most commonly seen items.
One of the most common things auctioneer Nicholas D. "Nicho" Lowry sees from visitors is early 20th-century prints of Jesus, the expert told the A.V. Club. "So here you have something that's legitimately a hundred years old or more, but every single family had one," he said. The show also sees — the books were mass-produced and sold across the U.S. around the end of the 19th century.
5. Appraisers are not allowed to purchase the items they evaluate.
Lowry told the A.V. Club that, in order to avoid a conflict of interest, he and his fellow antiques experts are "appropriately and militantly" not allowed to make offers on items appraised. They're not even allowed to hand out business cards.
6. The show's highest-evaluated collection is worth $1.5 million.
An Oklahoma man set a new record in 2011 after presenting a collection of 18th-century Chinese cups carved from rhinoceros horns. Appraiser Lark Mason estimated the five cups could bring $1-$1.5 million at auction. Last fall, appraisers on the U.K. version saw their : The mystery item, which will be revealed in a new episode on BBC One in April, is worth approximately $1.4 million (£1 million). Producers will only say the item is "a world famous piece owned by a sporting institution."
7. Police are on hand to escort guests with rare items.
For owners who learn they've hit the antiques jackpot, the show can arrange for a local police escort home, Lowry told the . Even for smaller wins, security guards can walk guests to their car if they're uncomfortable leaving the show when everyone around them knows what their item is worth.
8. A $25 garage-sale table appraised on the show sold for more than $500,000.
After a retired New Jersey woman appeared on Roadshow with her secondhand find, she auctioned the Seymour mahogany card table at Sotheby's for over half a million dollars.
9. You can "play along" with the show to test your antiques knowledge.
Starting in February, viewers will be able to follow along during episodes using the show's new "" game. Game on!
10. 'Roadshow' wants your help finding stolen artifacts and works of art.
Roadshow's spotlights cases of stolen art and artifacts, such as historic film reels nabbed from Norman Studios, missing Norman Rockwell illustrations and Native American objects taken from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Viewers can RMW with any leads they may have on open cases.