Frank Fritz

Frank Fritz (left) and Mike Wolfe, stars of History’s “American Pickers,” who filmed a segment at the Mather Homestead in Wellsville in 2015, are coming back to New York state in May.

Here we pick again?

A producer with the popular History Channel show, “American Pickers” is reaching out because the show is coming back to New York in May and looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items — lots of them.

“The way we find people and collections for our show is through spreading the word far and wide so that people know we’re coming to town,” says Emily Chafetz, “so we really hope you’re able to help us in letting people in your back yards know.”

Readers may recall that “American Pickers” Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team made a stop — and filmed a show segment — in Wellsville in the spring of 2015. The show, featuring the Mather Homestead, first aired in October 2015.

The house, which had been owned by the late Barbara Williams, was filled with memorabilia from three generations. But what really drew the show’s producers was the 1937 Cord automobile that Williams received from her father as her high school graduation gift at the age of 17. Less than 1,200 Cords, made in Indiana by the Auburn Automobile Co., were produced in 1937, as the company went bankrupt. The car, featuring sleek styling and front-wheel drive, was a sensation when it was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1935.

The pickers, Frank and Mike, salivated over the Cord, which was in terrific condition. In the end, however, they passed on the car as too expensive even for them.

The show is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique picking, following Frank and Mike — billed as “two of the most skilled pickers in the business” — as they hunt for America’s most valuable and interesting antiques. They seek sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

Mike and Frank only pick private collections so, producers stress, no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public need apply.

Leads on great collections may be sent via email to Send name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos. A phone number is (855) 653-7878 or ur email, while the show’s Facebook page is @GOTAPICK.

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