Newsmakers: The modern day treasure hunters behind America’s Top Buyer Roadshow

IDAHO FALLS — A new series called America’s Top Buyer “Roadshow” is in eastern Idaho and producers are looking for participants who could make big money.

During this edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton speaks with the creators of America’s Top Buyer Roadshow. The creator, James Duke, and executive producer, Brent Johns, were in town this week filming their show and buying interesting items from eastern Idahoans.

The Duke family describes themselves as modern-day treasure hunters and have spent decades looking for America’s most valuable antiques, coins, gems and other items of rarity.

Their show, which will be available online, is part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt. They are crossing the country on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics.

James Duke – Founder of America’s Top Buyer, Inc.

James Duke and his family describe themselves as modern-day treasure hunters looking for fascinating antiques.

“The new show follows the Duke family, some of the most skilled in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques, coins, gems and other items of rarity. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them,” a news release says.

Idaho native Brent Johns is the executive producer of the show. Three episodes will be shot in Idaho, including Boise, Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

“Along the way, the Dukes want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The family hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while finding some of the most unique places to visit and learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way,” the news release says.

In conjunction with the shooting, the family is also hiding a treasure chest “full of goodies” somewhere in the Idaho Falls area. Clues will be posted each day on the America’s Top Buyer Facebook page as to where the chest is hidden.

The public is invited to attend the “roadshow” portion of the show at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls September 1st – 5th, from 9am – 6pm from Tuesday through Saturday. The event is free to attend and producers are asking participants to look for items that might be “history, rarity or value” including:

  • gold
  • silver
  • platinum
  • palladium
  • rare coins
  • currency
  • diamonds
  • gems
  • vintage musical instruments
  • vinyl records
  • paintings
  • art
  • pocket watches
  • antique firearms
  • fishing gear
  • stamps
  • vintage advertising memorabilia
  • collectible toys

The news release says the show has a “minimum budget of $15 million” and buyers will be on hand to purchase items.

To learn more about the show, call (888) 328-3310 or visit

Brent Johns – Owner Five12 Media, Executive Producer & Host – Watch the Show!

As seen on East Idaho News with Nate Eaton, 4 members of the Cast and Crew of America’s Top Buyer Roadshow, including founder James Duke, two of his sons (Bob and William Duke), and owner of Five12 Media, Executive Producer & Host Brent Johns, tell the story behind this new video series of modern day treasure hunters traveling all across the US setting up buying events of antiques, gold & silver coins, jewelry, diamonds and gems, vintage musical equipment, guns and militaria, hunting and fishing items, collectable toys and games, sports memorabilia and other items of rarity and value and so much more, all while visiting historical sites to learn about the history of the area and spotlighting unique local businesses.

Episodes air on Sundays and Mondays on the website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other streaming services.

To learn more about the show and to see when America’s Top Buyer Roadshow is coming to your home town, be sure to visit

A special thanks to Nate Eaton and the crew at East Idaho News. Be sure to visit their website at

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