John Kunkle is an old-hand auctioneer and local celebrity. Known as Mr. Long Beach, John graduated from Missouri Auction School in '79 and has been calling auctions for his hometown of Long Beach, Calif., for 30 years. At "damn near 60," John loves riding his motorcycle, calling charity auctions and hanging out with his friends and family. He's an amicable, charismatic showman, but he's not afraid of riling up bidders, mocking them so quickly in his chants they could blink and miss it. His no-nonsense, good-humored approach to his craft makes for great tension and big laughs.
Penny Daily is an auctioneer who's as charming as she is wacky. She's an animated Georgia native who doesn't censor herself and doesn't feel bad about it. She's been in the business her whole life, as her father owned an automotive auction. She attended the prestigious Missouri Auction School, where she was the only female student, so Penny definitely knows how to stand up and stand out. Her feelings don't get hurt when people lose. In fact, she likes it. Penny also works in an outpatient psychiatric treatment center, where she uses her skills to handle people and conflict everyday. She may seem cute and innocent, but she's one tough lady who's not afraid to embarrass a bidder, no matter how big the bankroll.
Ty & Mo
Ty & Mo are two best friends from Compton, GA, who do everything together, including auctions. They started at auto and police auctions in the 1990s and never looked back. At first glance, they might seem similar, and they have a lot in common – they met at church and they're former bouncers – but there are differences. Mo, 43, the older of the two, is the brains of the operation and can be incredibly eloquent and poetic in his speech. Ty went to culinary art school and has a few talents, but he's more of a physical guy. Ty & Mo often use their size to intimidate other bidders. They don't ever have to actually hurt anyone, because when someone as big as these guys stands next to you and politely inquires if you have health insurance, you're going to take a second to rethink your bid.
Matthew Gaus is a fast-talking, veteran merchandise flipper who is quick to call himself crazy. He boasts seven college degrees and 25 years in the business. His degrees are in police science; coin, antique and jewelry appraisal; gemology; casino management; psychology; and Chinese philosophy. He's a huge personality in a small package – hotheaded and paranoid, trusting no one and suspecting the worst, unless it comes to his beloved third wife and 12-year-old son. He seems to be constantly injured, stating that "If you're in this business, and you're not cut and bruised, you're not doing you're job." Whether he's writing in his handy notebook or cracking a safe, Matthew's not going to go unnoticed – unless it's part of his plan.
Shlomi, Eyal and Uzi
Shlomi, Eyal and Uzi are three affluent, young entrepreneurs with edgy style and a killer business sense. They're originally from Israel and own their own high-end fashion wholesale clothing business and online retail store. Uzi and Shlomi met on the streets of Los Angeles 10 years ago and built their business from there. They got rich quick and young, which explains why their competitors refer to them as "The Kids." Their main expertise is clothing, but they can flip just about anything. Their ability to communicate in other languages gives them an edge over their competition. They are ruthless, cunning businessmen who don't let anyone get in their way.
Jason Hughes is a funny, young southerner who's fairly new to the auction world. He was a general manager at a college restaurant in Virginia and emceed at comedy clubs until his luck changed. He started working in memorabilia and toy auctions. After inheriting some money, he took it from there. Jason is into boats, cars, restaurant equipment and other memorabilia, and he knows how to use his affable personality as an asset. Like any good old boy from the South, Jason despises arrogance and pretention. At the slightest hint of either, his syrupy southern tone can go from friendly to acerbic in an instant.
Deana Molle has got what it takes to outbid the boys. She's a sassy, sultry California native who isn't afraid to play dirty. Her father was a giant in the automotive industry, so she knows a lot about cars. She loves to flip merchandise from estate sales, auto auctions and container auctions. She's a former Mrs. California beauty queen, as well as a mom, wife and fierce competitor. Love her or hate her, Deana's not going to let anyone get in her way.