Sale Of The Century (partially found Al Howard game show; 1969-1973)
Sale of the Century was an American quiz show that ran on NBC from September 29th, 1969 to July 13th, 1973. It was first hosted by Maverick actor Jack Kelly and then by former Chicago Cubs catcher Joe Garagiola. The show would be brought back two times in 1973 (two months after its cancellation) and 1983. Although the later versions of the show exist in some compacity, the original run of the show has not been seen since it last aired.
Format[edit | edit source]
Three contestants started with $25 each and get $5 for every correct but lose $5 for every wrong answer. At certain points in the game, there would be attempts to persuade the contestant with the most money to buy a prize 10% or less than its original value, sometimes another gift is added to the prize as an incentive. The winner could use his/her's tally they won in the game to but expensive prizes at cut rates or return the next day to try again.
Availability[edit | edit source]
No episodes have surfaced since their original airings and are most likely destroyed, lost or disposed of. The exact number of episodes that aired are unknown, some sources say around 1,000 episodes. A lot of those episodes can't be accounted for although the accounts of some episodes can be accounted for via press photos, leaked photos, audio recordings or photos used for merchandise (i.e. board games).
In August 2020, Lost Media Wiki user Comedyfan74 found a website that has two episodes of the show in audio form. He purchased one and arrived in September, he made the promise that he would release the two episodes once the second episode arrived. On November 14, 2020, he released the first episode on YouTube and Soundcloud. The reason on why he released the first episode and not both episodes it's because it was taking longer than excepted to receive the second episode. When the audio was posted on Soundcloud, the airdate of the episode was revealed to be October 21, 1969. On December 20, 2020, he finally received the second episode and uploaded it to youtube and the Internet Archive immediately. The date of the second episode was October 27, 1969.
Two audio clips, both about 1 minute in length, also exist. Both clips feature the opening spiel of an episode, one with Jack Kelly hosting, the other with Joe Garagiola. Interestingly, each features a different theme used on the show. The Kelly episode offers a year-long babysitting service, theater tickets for every Saturday for a year, and a bubble mink cape all for a total of $2,420. The Garagiola episode has a Bargain total of $12,600 and features the couples format. Ashley and Steve Baker challenge the current champions Susan and Ken Greenstein. It is unknown whether or not these recordings exist in full.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- The show's theme that was leaked in 2008. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- U.S. Game Shows Wiki page on the show that notes the other versions of the show can be viewable. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
References[edit | edit source]
- Archived page from The Encyclopedia Of Daytime Television about the show's format. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- Game Show Central page noting that no episodes have surfaced. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- Classic TV Archive page on the show that lists a possible amount of episodes that were made. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- Getty Images page with press photos from an episode. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- Archival Television Audio page on 2 episodes in audio form. Retrieved 30 Jun '20
- ULCA Library page that lists nine archived episodes. Retrieved 30 Jun '20