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This is an episode guide covering 1988 of the NBC run of Sale of the Century.

January[]

NOTE: Sale and Classic Concentration did air on 1/1/88. However, there were no episodes aired on Thanksgiving (11/24/88) and Black Friday (11/25/88) due to special Thanksgiving programming on NBC.

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1273 1/1/1988
1274 1/4/1988
1275 1/5/1988
1276 1/6/1988
1277 1/7/1988
1278 1/8/1988
1279 1/11/1988
1280 1/12/1988
1281 1/13/1988 Tom Tom has won at this point, so far, $14,260
1282 1/14/1988 Charles Karin Tom
  • Charles goes for the $10,000 Instant Cash jackpot, and loses.
  • Everybody fails on the last two Fame Games.
  • Tom plays the Winner's Big Money Game for $7,000, and wins!
  • Tom's total is now $25,753.
1283 1/15/1988 Tom
  • Instant Cash is worth $11,000.
  • Last episode featuring Jay Stewart as announcer.
1284 1/18/1988 Tom
1285 1/19/1988 Tom
1286 1/20/1988 Eric Janis Tom
1287 1/21/1988
1288 1/22/1988
1289 1/25/1988
1290 1/26/1988
1291 1/27/1988
1292 1/28/1988
1293 1/29/1988

February[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1294 2/1/1988 Andy
Ross
Linda
Credit
Bob
Rafael
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 1
  • All WBMG semifinal games are played for $5,000.
  • Linda wins going away in the Speed Round, picking up $1,500 in David Orgell china as her bonus prize. Andy hits the $25 Money Card in the final Fame Game to pull to within $10 of Linda going into the Speed Round but is unable to seize the momentum.
    • In the WBMG, Linda needs most of the clues in each of her questions, and the resulting slow pace plus a miss on a question about the U.S. state that was once known as the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii; her answer was Massachusetts) means no win.
    • Andy picks up an $899 Magnavox VCR in the first Fame Game to go along with $45; he leaves with more than $82,000 during his run. Bob comes away with only his $35; he had previously won more than $65,000 during his original run.
1295 2/2/1988 Dave
King
Zak
Barlo
Tom
O'Brien
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 2
  • Tom puts the game away well before the Speed Round and wins the game with $99, well ahead of Dave ($30) and Zak ($25). A miss on the second WBMG question about the planet named for the Roman love goddess (Venus, he answered "Jupiter") and a slow pace the rest of the way cause him to miss out on the $5,000 prize.
    • Tom's bonus prize is a $2,980 computer from Disk 3/Mart. He also picks up two Fame Game prizes: a $509 electric typewriter (via Brother), and a wicker chaise and side table by Ayers/Chairmakers, worth $695; and in the second Instant Bargain, a package including a Yamaha stereo and a $250 Swenson's Ice Cream gift certificate worth $1,149 (not counting a $200 cash offer).
  • Dave wins a 25-inch Goldstar color TV worth $800 via the Fame Game; his total winnings is around $68,000. Zak is a non-factor and leaves with his previous $75,000 in winnings.
  • In the final segment, Tom says he was in the process of writing a pilot for HBO.
1296 2/3/1988 Ben
Wong
John
Ohma
Diane
Cross
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 3
  • The closing segment features Day 3 winner Diane sitting at the dinette set (her bonus prize for the day, via the Avant Collection and worth $2,115) with Tom and Linda, the three finalists.
    • In the WBMG, Diane whiffs on the first question and it proves costly, as she is unable to catch up all the way to win the $5,000. She picks up an $819 Broyhill secretary-hutch in the second Fame Game.
    • Ben, a College Week contestant who went on to do well during regular play, wins $100 in Instant Cash (playing due to a Dutch auction); he ends with just under $50,000. John wins an $1,100 Mark King serigraph (via Martin Lawrence Galleries) in the second Instant Bargain and $900 in Regal Ware cookware in the first Instant Bargain to go along with $90,000 in previous winnings.
  • As Jim is recapping the missed questions following the Speed Round, he incorrectly recalls Ben's incorrect answer on the first question (about the lead actor in "Ben-Hur"; Ben answered "Charles Hutton," and Jim said he had answered "Charles Heston," adding that had he (Ben) said "Charlton Heston" or even "Chuck" (Heston) he would have been correct.
1297 2/4/1988 Linda
Credit
Diane
Cross
Tom
O'Brien
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 4

All WBMG Best-of-2 finals games are played for $10,000 on the first win, with the winner of their second game automatically getting $10,000 and playing the game for a Mercedes-Benz 190D 2.5 4-dr. sedan worth $32,195.

  • Diane wins the first game, and has a sensational day: A $10,000 victory in the WBMG, a $4,000 Instant Cash win, a diamond and gold pendant (from Jewels by Edwar) worth $4,500 for winning the game, a $1,498 trip to Mazatlan, Mexico (plus $1,000 as a combined cash offer/Sale Surprise) in the second Instant Bargain and a car alarm ($305, via Ames Electronics) in the first Instant Bargain. All told, her winnings for one day: $21,303.
    • To set up her decision to play for the Instant Cash, she and Tom were tied at 40-each, triggering the Dutch Auction rule. Diane bites when Jim announces the opportunity at $2.
    • Diane's WBMG win is at the last second, where she correctly guesses Robinson Crusoe as the best friend of Friday.
  • Linda and Tom each pick up one prize each from the Fame Game, Linda a vacuum cleaner and Tom a dishwasher. Tom passes on a $500 gold bangel bracelet in the first Instant Bargain (along with a $200 cash offer).
1298 2/5/1988 Linda
Credit
Tom
O'Brien
Diane
Cross
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 5
1299 2/8/1988 Diane
Cross
Tom
O'Brien
Linda
Credit
1988 Tournament of Champions Day 6
1300 2/9/1988 Linda
Credit
Diane
Cross
Tom
O'Brien
1988 Tournament of Champions Finals
  • Diane wins the deciding game of the tournament with $63, defeating Linda ($50) and Tom ($35). Linda still had time in the final 10 seconds trailing Diane by just $8, but stumbled and gave an incorrect answer on a question about a mixture of two or more metals (alloy, Linda answered "compound").
  • With their additional winnings throughout the tournament, Linda finishes the tournament with $146,157, while Tom leaves with $173,064. Linda didn't win anything on her last day, while Tom picked up a $519 Kitchen-Aid trash compactor in the third Fame Game.
  • Diane wins the $10,000 prize for winning the tournament and gets a last-second victory in the WBMG, correctly answering a question about the planet with seven rings ("Saturn") to finish the tournament with the car. Her final total, which also included a sewing machine and luggage from the Fame Game ($875 total); and a $2,248 trip to Hawaii (the latter won in the second Instant Bargain, which also had a $1,000 Sale Surprise): $146,995.
1301 2/10/1988 Bill Jack Anneliis Regular play resumes.
  • Anneliis had won three games and $13,921.
  • A rarity in that the two challengers were of the same gender.
  • Bill buys the first two instant bargains (a trip to Newport Beach, CA [with $100] and Jenn-Air grill range [with $200]) and wins a dishwasher from the Fame Game board.
  • Anneliis wins a ceiling fan and a refrigerator from the Fame Game board.
  • Instant Cash is $11,000 which Anneliis goes for and loses.
  • Jack buzzed in a few times but got several wrong answers and ended the game with $5.
  • Tie between Bill and Anneliis at the end of the Speed Round which Anneliis wins and receives a cruise to Alaska.
  • Bill leaves with over $3,540 in cash and prizes.
  • Anneliss misses the first two questions in the Winner's Big Money Game(at this point, the five in 25 to win rule remains in place) with the first one by buzzing in too early.
  • Her grand total is not given at the end but it is roughly $20,181 in cash and prizes(the ceiling fan worth almost $800, fridge worth $760, $100 in the Instant Cash and $4,600 for the cruise).
1302 2/11/1988
1303 2/12/1988
1304 2/15/1988
1305 2/16/1988
1306 2/17/1988
1307 2/18/1988
1308 2/19/1988
1309 2/22/1988
1310 2/23/1988
1311 2/24/1988
1312 2/25/1988
1313 2/26/1988
1314 2/29/1988

March[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1315 3/1/1988
1316 3/2/1988
1317 3/3/1988
1318 3/4/1988
1319 3/7/1988
1320 3/8/1988
1321 3/9/1988
1322 3/10/1988
1323 3/11/1988
1324 3/14/1988
1325 3/15/1988
1326 3/16/1988
1327 3/17/1988
1328 3/18/1988
1329 3/21/1988
1330 3/22/1988
1331 3/23/1988
1332 3/24/1988
1333 3/25/1988
1334 3/28/1988
1335 3/29/1988
1336 3/30/1988
1337 3/31/1988

April[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1338 4/1/1988
1339 4/4/1988
1340 4/5/1988
1341 4/6/1988
1342 4/7/1988
1343 4/8/1988
1344 4/11/1988
1345 4/12/1988
1346 4/13/1988
1347 4/14/1988
1348 4/15/1988
1349 4/18/1988
1350 4/19/1988
1351 4/20/1988
1352 4/21/1988
1353 4/22/1988
1354 4/25/1988
1355 4/26/1988
1356 4/27/1988
1357 4/28/1988
1358 4/29/1988

May[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1359 5/2/1988
1360 5/3/1988
1361 5/4/1988
1362 5/5/1988
1363 5/6/1988
1364 5/9/1988
1365 5/10/1988
1366 5/11/1988
1367 5/12/1988
1368 5/13/1988
1369 5/16/1988
1370 5/17/1988
1371 5/18/1988
1372 5/19/1988
1373 5/20/1988
1374 5/23/1988
1375 5/24/1988
1376 5/25/1988
1377 5/26/1988
1378 5/27/1988
1379 5/30/1988
1380 5/31/1988

June[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1381 6/1/1988
1382 6/2/1988
1383 6/3/1988
1384 6/6/1988
1385 6/7/1988
1386 6/8/1988
1387 6/9/1988
1388 6/10/1988
1389 6/13/1988
1390 6/14/1988
1391 6/15/1988
1392 6/16/1988
1393 6/17/1988
1394 6/20/1988
1395 6/21/1988
1396 6/22/1988
1397 6/23/1988
1398 6/24/1988
1399 6/27/1988
1400 6/28/1988
1401 6/29/1988
1402 6/30/1988

July[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1403 7/1/1988
  • No episode aired on July 4 due to a preemption (possibly Wimbledon). This preemption affected all the other NBC game shows too
1404 7/5/1988
1405 7/6/1988
1406 7/7/1988
1407 7/8/1988 Christy
  • Christy wins $5,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game
1408 7/11/1988 Christy
  • Christy wins $6,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $24,212. She would have to wait until after the next five shows due to Varsity Week.
1409 7/12/1988 Day 1 of Varsity Week
  • The grand prize winner of the week wins a $12,793 Jeep Wrangler and tickets to the 1988 Summer Olympics, which aired on NBC.
  • This week was taped in either June or July of '88, based on a question about an event that took place on June 20, asked on Day 3.
  • All week long, Instant Cash is worth $2,000.
  • There are five prizes to choose from for each winner at the end of the Main Game, instead of six.
  • All week long, the Winner's Big Money Game is worth $5,000.
  • Rudy was the winner on this episode.
1410 7/13/1988 Tim  Heather Jason Day 2 of Varsity Week
  • Tim wins $2,000 in Instant Cash, $5,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game and a total of $17,344 in cash and prizes.
  • First 1988/NBC episode to air on Buzzr.
1411 7/14/1988 Ilene Mike Brandi Day 3 of Varsity Week
  • Mike wins $5,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game and a total of $11,954 in cash and prizes.
1412 7/15/1988 Mary Ann David Whitney Day 4 of Varsity Week
  • Whitney wins $1,000 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game.
  • Mary Ann wins $500 from the Fame Game.
  • The theme from the 1981 film Chariots of Fire by Vangelis plays during the description of the Big Screen TV that Whitney received for winning the game.
  • Whitney wins $5,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game and a total of $9,768 in cash and prizes.
1413 7/18/1988 Jonah Marnee Mark Day 5 of Varsity Week
  • The theme from the 1976 film Rocky (Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti) plays during the second Instant Bargain.
  • Jonah wins $800 from the Fame Game board.
  • In the last segment, each of the five winners were brought back to hit the highest number possible on the Fame Game randomizer for the grand prizes.
  • Jonah is the winner of the week by hitting "5" and his final grand total is $27,365 in cash and prizes.
1414 7/19/1988 Debra Oscar Christy
  • Regular play resumes.
  • Christy wins her third match but fails to win $7,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game by a fraction of a second, she currently has $27,744 in cash and prizes.
1415 7/20/1988 Tara Alan Christy
  • Tara defeats Christy who leaves with $29,000 in cash and prizes.
  • Christy wins $5,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game, she currently has $11,525 in cash and prizes.
1416 7/21/1988 Gail Dan Tara
  • Tara wins $500 from the Fame Game and $6,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game, she currently has a total of $20,440 in cash and prizes.
1417 7/22/1988 Noie Ralph Tara
  • Tara fails to win $7,000 in the Winner's Big Money Game, she currently has a total $24,374 in cash and prizes.
1418 7/25/1988 Linda Mo Tara
  • Tara wins an incredible $120 in the main game!
  • Tara loses the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game due to blowing the 4th question by answering the actress who played in 1984's Splash (Daryl Hannah), instead of "Mermaid". *Tara currently has $27,610.
1419 7/26/1988 Georgeann Glenn Tara
  • Jim gives a shoutout to Christine from the prize department for getting married.
  • Taped sometime after June 10 (and definitely after the 20th), due to a question about one of Bette Midler's films, Big Business.
  • Tara wins $700 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Tara hopes for a trip to Ireland, and wins one at the end!
  • Despite passing on the second puzzle which was about Puff the Magic Dragon, Tara wins the $9,000 Winner's Big Money Game at the last second, and currently $43,214!
1420 7/27/1988 Robin John Tara
  • John is back due to an error.
  • Robin Mckerihan begins her run.
  • John wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • Robin defeats John & Tara. John leaves with $25,200, and Tara leaves with $45,200.
  • Robin wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $7,795!
1421 7/28/1988 Diane Michael Robin
  • The Newbury Soccer Parks is in the audience.
  • Robin wins $400 from the Fame Game!
  • Robin didn't win the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $12,394.
1422 7/29/1988 Katie Stan Robin
  • Stan wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • But best of all was Stan winning $16,000 during Instant Cash!
  • Robin didn't win the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $17,118.

August[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1423 8/1/1988 Michelle Paul Robin
  • Robin didn't win the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $20,418.
1424 8/2/1988 Heather Brian Robin
  • The prizes on this week of shows have something of a "gold theme".
  • This week was taped after June 15 in June or July, due to one of the questions being about the movie Bull Durham (released on June 15).
  • Brian wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Heather inadvertently stops the Fame Game board for $10, and wins it.
  • Robin didn't win the $9,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $25,606.
1425 8/3/1988 Marge Anthony Robin
  • None of the contestants answered the second Fame Game question correctly.
  • Robin wins the $10,000 Winner's Big Money Game, and currently has $38,337!
1426 8/4/1988 Jeanne Win Robin
  • In a great upset, Robin blows the Car level of the Winner's Big Money Game, and her run comes to an end. Her downfall was the final question, in which Los Angeles was the correct answer. Her final total is $41,537.
1427 8/5/1988 Linda Steve Gloria
  • Three new players.
  • Linda didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $4,940.
1428 8/8/1988 Fran Terry Linda
  • Terry wins $4,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Fran wins $800 from the Fame Game!
  • Terry wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $12,302!
1429 8/9/1988 Mitchell Sandy Terry
  • Sandy inadvertently buzzes in before the start of the second Fame Game question.
  • Terry didn't win the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $14,501.
1430 8/10/1988 Hal Malia Terry
  • Terry wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Terry didn't win the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $20,451.
1431 8/11/1988 Frank Joyce Terry
  • Frank is Frank Vascallaro. Former KARE-TV ch. 11 news anchor. Now of WCCO-TV.
  • The West Valley Christian Church School of Canoga Park, California is in the audience.
  • Frank wins $1,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Frank didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $3,495.
1432 8/12/1988 Mike Susan Frank
  • Mike wins $600 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Speed round ends in a $50-$50 tie with Mike and Susan, and Mike wins.
  • Mike wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $12,912!
1433 8/15/1988 Kelton Wendy Mike
  • Last episode with the Winner's Big Money Game prize board.
  • Wendy and Kelton win $600 and $400 respectively from the Fame Game!
  • Kelton wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $7,899!
1434 8/16/1988 Josh Kathy Kelton
  • First episode during the Winner's Big Money Game era with the prize the contestants are playing for announced at the beginning.
  • Due to what was possibly an unplanned Wimbledon preemption, four shows were taped for this week in order to get back on track. This preemption also affected the other NBC games shows. From here on out, there would be no further unplanned preemptions.
  • This week was taped sometime after July 23, due to a question about the 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike coming to an end.
  • Girl Scouts from New York are in the audience.
  • None of the contestants answered the first Fame Game question correctly.
  • Josh wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $7,595!
1435 8/17/1988 Doug Mary Josh
  • Mary wins $300 from the Fame Game!
  • Doug incorrectly answers a question in the form of such (a la Jeopardy!).
  • Mary makes a mistake in the first question in the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, but pulls through at the end, and she currently has $10,372!
1436 8/18/1988 Linda Andrew Mary
  • Andrew wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • Mary wins the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $22,642!
1437 8/19/1988 Stephanie Tom Mary
  • Stephanie wins $6,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Nobody solves the third Fame Game question.
  • The Speed Round ends in a $65-$65 tie between Stephanie and Mary.
  • Mary wins the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $35,077!
1438 8/22/1988 Rebecca Darren Mary
  • Darren didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $2,176.
1439 8/23/1988 Richard Laura Darren
  • Richard didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $2,889.
1440 8/24/1988 Jason Nicole Richard
  • Jason wins $3,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Jason didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $8,396.
1441 8/25/1988 Bart Jeannette Jason
  • Jeannette wins $1,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Bart wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $9,080!
1442 8/26/1988 Bryan Barbara Bart
  • Bart misses out on the $6,000 Winners Big Money Game jackpot and ends his second day as champion with $12,004. During the game, Bart lets the first question -- asking which country claims the islands Sardinia, Sicily and Capri -- get fully exposed before incorrectly guessing Greece (correct answer: Italy). He gets the next two questions right but time expires on the final question, asking for the leader of the literary band including Friar Tuck and Little John (Robin Hood).
    • On the final question about Robin Hood, Jim stumbles on part of the question. However, the question was not replaced, the likely reason being that, as Bart had only two questions right and time was running out, it would not have affected the outcome.
  • With 35 seconds left in the Speed Round, Bryan leads Bart 65-55. However, two correct answers by Bart and three straight misses by Bryan prove to be the difference.
  • Bryan and Bart both miss the third Fame Game (which was about Hannibal); as Bart misses just after Jim gave the final bit of information, Barbara does not have a shot at the question and nobody gets a shot at the board.
  • Bart will have to take a break for the next week, though, for it was End of Summer Bash Week.
1443 8/29/1988 Kim David Karen End of Summer Bash Day 1
  • Jim mentions that Classic Concentration, which followed this show on most NBC stations, was also doing an End of Summer Bash Week.
  • The balloons and logos are behind the contestants.
  • The grand prize winner gets a Jeep.
  • All week long, Instant Cash was worth $2,000.
  • All week long, the Winner's Big Money Game was worth $5,000.
  • This week was taped after August 9 due to a question about Wayne Gretzky being then recently acquired by the L.A. Kings. Also, a question was asked about the newest Pee-wee Herman movie Big Top Pee-wee (released on July 22), and his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, another episode asked a question about Anne Ramsey (who passed away on August 11) from Throw Momma from the Train.
  • David wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Nobody gets the third Fame Game question.
  • David didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $7,315.
1444 8/30/1988 Alan Jennifer Erik End of Summer Bash Day 2
  • Jennifer wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Alan wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $8,000!
1445 8/31/1988 Jason Erin Robert End of Summer Bash Day 3
  • Jason wins the game and a trip to Hawaii. He handily wins the WBMG with 5 seconds to spare and wins $5,000. He finishes with a total of $10,954.
  • During the second Fame Game, a question leading to peanut butter has come down to just Robert (perhaps an Emmanuel Lewis look-alike), after the other two contestants have answered incorrectly. It appears Robert knows the answer after Erin is ruled incorrect but is momentarily stumped as Jim reads the most obvious clues, with said food coming in chunky and creamy and that it is often enjoyed in a sandwich with jelly. After Jim re-reads the final clue, Robert finally rings in, answers correctly ... and finds $500. The Fame Game is his highlight, as he adds that to his $35 total.

September[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1446 9/1/1988 Lauren Andy Darcey End of Summer Bash Day 4
  • Darcey wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $9,196!
1447 9/2/1988 Anne Chris Evelyn End of Summer Bash Day 5
  • Evelyn and Chris win $600 and $500 respectively during the Fame Game!
  • Chris wins $2,000 during Instant Cash!
  • Evelyn wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and has won $9,464!
  • The final segment determining the winner of the week is played in the same way as the Varsity Week from July. Alan wins the grand prize, emerging from a tie-breaker (8-8, then 3-1) to win the Jeep Wrangler worth $13,321. His total winnings for the week is $21,321.
  • The final "big win" prize music plays over the end credits.
1448 9/5/1988 Steve Florence Bart
  • Regular play resumes (this episode aired on Labor Day).
  • This week was taped after August 25, due to one of the questions being about the 70th birthday of composer Leonard Bernstein.
  • On the first Fame Game, Bart answers incorrectly (guessing Beau Bridges); the other two are stumped. After the buzzer, Jim -- perhaps having gotten a signal from offstage -- says he was told not to give the first name of the correct answer, Jeff (as in Jeff Bridges, Beau's brother), as that would not have been fair to Bart.
  • Bart wins the WBMG for $7,000, stuttering out the words "Andy Griffith" as the correct answer to the third question just a split second before the buzzer/"time" from the judge. He currently has $23,242.
1449 9/6/1988 Jim Elaine Bart
  • Elaine Pelino begins her run here.
  • Elaine stops the board at the first Fame Game so quickly.
  • Elaine wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $11,074!
1450 9/7/1988 Kelly Scott Elaine
  • Elaine wins $4,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Elaine didn't win the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $20,333.
1451 9/8/1988 Renee Kirk Elaine
  • Elaine wins $300 and $700 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Elaine wins the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $34,210!
1452 9/9/1988 Diane Damon Elaine
  • Damon was previously a contestant on Press Your Luck in May 1985.
  • On the first Fame Game, Elaine got Michael J. Fox very quickly, but got a pair of lamps to show for it.
  • Elaine wins the Winner's Big Money Game for $8,000.
1453 9/12/1988 Rhona Jim Elaine
  • Hostess Summer Bartholomew was the subject of the first Fame Game. The contestant who identified her (Jim) just missed the $10 Money Card as he landed to the left of it. After the Fame Game, Jim called for Summer and explained about the two TV movies she did.
  • Elaine wins the $3,000 Instant Cash.
    NOTE: The scores were inadvertently blacked out and as a result, we never saw Jim walking up to congratulate Elaine.
  • Returning contestant Rhona (who was brought back on a technicality) was previously a contestant on Blockbusters in April 1987.
  • Elaine wins the Winner's Big Money Game for $9,000.
  • Rhona wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • This week was taped sometime after the week of 8/22; one of the questions on 9/15 was about the then-recently convicted Hunt Brothers.
1454 9/13/1988 Stacy Jeff Elaine
  • Elaine is defeated after six games. A question during the Speed Round was what cost her. Her final total: $71,219 ($40,755 in cash and $30,464 in prizes).
  • Stacy didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $1,600.
  • Jeff later became a contestant on Classic Concentration in January 1991.
1455 9/14/1988 Marisa Rin Stacy
  • Stacy didn't hit her button hard enough in the first Fame Game.
  • Stacy won the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $11,189!
1456 9/15/1988 Pat Russ Stacy
  • Jim sends birthday wishes to Quincy, Illinois NBC affiliate WGEM-TV for 35 years.
  • Stacy won the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $24,040!
1457 9/16/1988 Ruth Mark Stacy
  • Mark didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $1,692.
1458 9/19/1988 Bob Ellison Mark
  • This week was taped after August 26; one of the questions asked on 9/19 was about the new Bobcat Goldthwait film Hot to Trot. Another question asked on 9/21 was about Estelle Getty's recent Emmy win on The Golden Girls on 8/28.
  • Ellison wins $400 from the Fame Game!
  • Jim sends 35th birthday wishes to WICS of Springfield, Illinois.
  • Speed round ends with a $65-$65 tie between Bob and Mark, and Bob wins.
  • Bob didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $6,273.
1459 9/20/1988 Greg Carla Bob
  • Greg wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $9,730!
1460 9/21/1988 Dan Donna Greg
  • Dan didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $5,036.
1461 9/22/1988 Steve Chris Dan
  • Chris wins $700 of Mystery Money and $300 from the Fame Game!
  • Dan loses the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game by blowing the first two puzzles in a row. He currently has $10,846.
1462 9/23/1988 Terry Susan Dan
  • Dan wins the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $22,094!
1463 9/26/1988 Jim Ann Dan
  • New Fame Game prize music package debuts here until the end of the run.
  • This week was taped after 9/2, one of the questions asked was about the new Charlie Sheen/Christopher Lloyd movie Eight Men Out. On 9/27, a question was asked about the youngest male to swim the English Channel (happened on 9/6). On 9/30, a question was asked about the new USA Today show (premiered 9/12).
  • Dan using amazing instinct to win the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $34,757!
1464 9/27/1988 Fritz Kathleen Dan
  • Jim congratulates KVOA-TV of Tucson, AZ for 35 years.
  • Fritz wins $400 from the Fame Game!
  • Kathleen wins the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $8,360!
1465 9/28/1988 Janinka Randy Kathleen
  • Kathleen wins the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $22,939!
1466 9/29/1988 Chou Chou Marty Kathleen
  • Kathleen wins $13,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Chou Chou (whose name is a French term of endearment), was previously a contestant on two other game shows: Password Plus (in 1979) and The $100,000 Pyramid (in 1986).
  • Marty wins $600 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Chou Chou didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $4,909.
1467 9/30/1988 Pearl Seb Chou Chou
  • Chou Chou wins $300 from the Fame Game!
  • Chou Chou lost the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game with two incorrect answers. She currently has $14,355.

October[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1468 10/3/1988 Royal Hi Chou Chou
  • All three players have unusual first names.
  • Model Elaine Hobson is still present.
1469 10/4/1988 Arlene Vic Chou Chou
  • Speed round ends with a $50-$50 tie between Arlene and Chou Chou, and Arlene wins.
  • Arlene didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $3,299.
1470 10/5/1988 Rhonelda Kyle Arlene
  • Kyle wins $500 in Mystery Money!
  • Jim starts plugging Pep Rally Week, happening next week.
  • Arlene misses the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game by blowing two puzzles. She currently has $11,486.
1471 10/6/1988 Marisa Phil Arlene
  • Phil Cambry's first appearance.
  • Phil uses amazing instinct to win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $10,958!
1472 10/7/1988 Nick Ella Phil
  • Phil wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • Phil didn't win the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $15,182. He will have to take a break, though, because next up was Pep Rally Week.
1473 10/10/1988 Adan G.G. Jim Pep Rally Week, Day 1
  • Debut of final Money Card designs.
  • Adam wins $5,171 in cash and prizes.
1474 10/11/1988 Aimee Brian Mitch Pep Rally Week, Day 2
  • Brian wins $5,390 in cash and prizes.
1475 10/12/1988 Pep Rally Week, Day 3
  • Chris wins $4,749 in cash and prizes.
1476 10/13/1988 Chris Lakita Kip Pep Rally Week, Day 4
  • Jim and everybody was surprised when Lakita refused to buy the trip to Arizona for a dollar.
  • Chris won off the tie breaker question and went on to win the $5,000 WBMG; his final total is $12,050.
1477 10/14/1988 Jennifer Andrew Rhonda Pep Rally Week, Day 5
  • On the strength of finding a $15 Money Card in the third Fame Game, Andrew goes on to an incredible performance in the Speed Round, getting 10 correct answers to win with $144, the second-highest one-day total in series history (combining both the NBC and syndicated versions). However, he cannot carry the momentum over into the WBMG, missing on questions about Robin Hood and "The Ugly Duckling." His prize for winning the show was a $4,000 trip to Paris.
  • Andrew -- the final champion of the week -- wins the week's grand prize, a Jeep Wrangler Sahara worth $13,816, to end the week with $22,216. He also takes home $445 worth of Giassi luggage (from the first Fame Game) and -- from the two Instant Bargains -- a $1,635 stereo system and, to go along with a pair of Mead binoculars ($340), $2,000 cash (for season hockey tickets ... because, as Summer points out, "the puck stops here!").
  • Andrew begins turning a competitive game into a rout after the second Instant Bargain, leaving Jennifer and Rhonda far behind. Jennifer ends with $15 cash along with a pair of Excel exercise bicycles worth $448 (from the second Fame Game). Rhonda has only $35 to show for her efforts.
1478 10/17/1988 Michael Janet Phil Regular play resumes this week.
  • Jim announces 30 years of KING-TV in Seattle, WA.
  • Phil wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • Michael wins $700 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Phil didn't win the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $21,381.
1479 10/18/1988 John Bonnie Phil
  • Phil wins $500 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Phil didn't win the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $27,980.
1480 10/19/1988 Phil
1481 10/20/1988 Phil
1482 10/21/1988 Phil Phil wins the car, a 1989 Eagle Premier ES 4 dr. sedan, during the WBMG, earning him the right to play for $50,000 on the next show. His winnings at this point are $85,344.
1483 10/24/1988 Paul Sylvia Phil

Trick or Treat Week Day 1. Jim reminds viewers that other NBC game shows are also participating in Trick or Treat Week.

  • The Sale of the Century opening logo was red throughout the entire Trick or Treat Week, but used a Halloween swirling effect instead of its normal animation.
  • Phil becomes the second (known) player to play the WBMG for $50,000, but disaster hits during his playing. He answers the first question correctly (about the sitcom "Taxi") but falls behind, then, after catching up on the second question, gives two incorrect answers in a row to end his shot at the grand prize.
  • Despite the loss, Phil leaves with $91,323, including $30,600 cash, an Eagle Premier 4 dr. sedan and much more, including a $3,800 console piano as his final prize.
  • The $50,000 Winner's Big Money Game level was quietly abolished after this episode.
  • During the intro and the prize plugs to several prizes, Don Morrow speaks in a spooky, Dracula-type voice. Also, several of the prizes have Halloween and spooky themes, including a trip to the Transylvania region of Romania; and Halloween-type musical cues are used as the models dress up in Halloween costumes and/or are involved in Halloween-type skits. Also, the car on offer this week -- the Volkswagen Cabriolet -- is decorated using a Halloween theme.
1484 10/25/1988 Trick or Treat Week Day 2
1485 10/26/1988 Trick or Treat Week Day 3
1486 10/27/1988 Trick or Treat Week Day 4
1487 10/28/1988 Trick or Treat Week Day 5
  • Model Elaine Hobson's last appearance before her maternity leave.
1488 10/31/1988 Trick or Treat Week Finale

November[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1489 11/1/1988 Azeem Donna Jim
1490 11/2/1988 Peter Margie Jim
1491 11/3/1988 Noel Christie Jim
1492 11/4/1988 Lisa Brian Christie
1493 11/7/1988 Margaret Steven Melanie Salute to True Romance, Day 1
  • This week was taped on October 14, 1988.
  • The questions and prizes are pretty much all love-themed.
  • Instant Cash is frozen at $2,000 for the first nine days of True Romance.
  • The Winner's Big Money Game is frozen at $5,000 for the first nine days of True Romance.
  • The Sale of the Century opening logo was pink throughout the entire Salute to True Romance Tournament, but used its normal animation.
  • Sale of the Century, including its original 1969-1974 incarnation and host in Jack Kelly, are the subjects of the first Fame Game.
  • Melanie wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Melanie didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, or a spot in the finals, and leaves with $6,144.
1494 11/8/1988 Steve Esther Raymond Salute to True Romance, Day 2
  • Esther wins $700 of Mystery Money from first the Fame Game!
  • Steve wins $500 from the second Fame Game!
  • Nobody guesses the third Fame Game, which was about Nero. Esther guessed Julius Caesar, while Steve and Raymond were stumped.
  • Speed round ends with a $50-$50 tie between Esther and Raymond, and Arlene wins.
  • Raymond fails to answer one question in the Winners Big Money Game, passing on a fully-exposed question about the situation comedy "Family Ties," and incorrectly answering a fully-exposed clue about the future president Stephen Douglas debated (Abraham Lincoln); time expires on the third question, which was about the director whom actress Amy Irving was married to (Steven Spielberg). He loses a spot in the finals, and leaves with $3,850.
1495 11/9/1988 Shari Ted Katy Salute to True Romance, Day 3
  • A cover of Irene Cara's Flashdance (What a Feeling) plays during the first Instant Bargain.
  • Jim sends 35th anniversary wishes to WIS-TV of Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Ted wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Ted loses the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game. However, he wins a spot in the finals with $9,975!
1496 11/10/1988 Julius Kathy Scott Salute to True Romance, Day 4
  • First episode aired by GSN.
  • Scott wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Kathy didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, or a spot in the finals, and leaves with $5,675.
1497 11/11/1988 John Dina Rodney Salute to True Romance, Day 5
  • Rodney didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, or a spot in the finals, and leaves with $3,144.
1498 11/14/1988 Eric Lisa Jack Salute to True Romance, Day 6
  • Eric wins $2,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Jack didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, or a spot in the finals, and leaves with $4,700.
1499 11/15/1988 Sarah Brian Veronica Salute to True Romance, Day 7
  • Brian loses the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game. However, he wins a spot in the finals with $7,745!
1500 11/16/1988 Richard Kathleen Bruce Salute to True Romance, Day 8
  • The 1,500th episode; acknowledged by Jim as such. Almost exactly two years had passed since the 1,000th show.
  • Richard loses the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game. However, he wins a spot in the finals with $6,316!
1501 11/17/1988 Patty George Lorien Salute to True Romance, Day 9
  • George didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game, or a spot in the finals, and leaves with $4,480.
1502 11/18/1988 Richard Ted Brian Salute to True Romance, Finals
  • Instant Cash is $5,000 for the finale of True Romance.
  • Ted leaves with $10,500 and Brian leaves with $11,900. Richard is the all-time winner of the two-week tournament with $21,167 in prizes!
1503 11/21/1988 Diane Larry Lisa
  • Regular play resumes.
  • Diane didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $5,691.
1504 11/22/1988 Lucinda Fred Diane
  • Fred won the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game!
  • Fred was previously a contestant on High Rollers in December 1979.
1505 11/23/1988 Emil Pamela Fred
  • Last episode before Thanksgiving (aired on Thanksgiving Eve), and the last episode of Thanksgiving week (see above).
1506 11/28/1988 Joe Dominique Emil
  • First episode after Thanksgiving, and the first episode aired in five days (see above)
  • This week was taped after Halloween, based on one of the questions being about the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST).
1507 11/29/1988 Rick Pattie Emil
  • Pattie also played during True Romance Week, where she went as "Patty"; Jim explains there was a possibility of her being disadvantaged on a question during her game.
  • Rick wins $600 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game (along with a $2,000 mattress set), and $9,000 in Instant Cash (his final total: $11,645).
  • Pattie didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $6,464.
1508 11/30/1988 Jaimi Don Pattie
  • Don wins $500 from the Fame Game!
  • Pattie didn't win the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $10,912.
  • Both Don & Jaimi were on other game shows before Sale: Jaimi was on the premiere episode of NBC's Wordplay in December 1986 (12/29/86 to be exact), and Don was on Match Game 74 in March 1974 and on Press Your Luck in January 1986.

December[]

Ep. # NBC Airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
(Champ)
Notes
1509 12/1/1988 Bonnie Howard Pattie
  • Jim sends anniversary wishes to KWWL-TV of Waterloo, IA.
  • Pattie didn't win the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $18,462.
1510 12/2/1988 Sharon Rick Pattie
  • Pattie doesn't win the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $23,749.
1511 12/5/1988 Ann Larry Pattie
  • Ann wins by tiebreaker.
  • Ann didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $4,548.
1512 12/6/1988 Carla Jamie Ann
  • Jamie wins $400 from the Fame Game!
  • Carla wins $700 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Carla wins $5,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Carla didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $12,139.
  • Carla was previously a contestant on NBC's Super Password in 1985.
1513 12/7/1988 Ruth Walt Carla
1514 12/8/1988 Mary Gianni Carla
1515 12/9/1988 Vivienne Sean Carla
  • Carla didn't win the $8,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $34,607.
1516 12/12/1988 Cindy Matt Carla
  • Matt didn't win the $5,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $2,538.
1517 12/13/1988 Chip Bonnie Matt
  • The beginning of Charles "Chip" Esten's run.
1518 12/14/1988 Tony Michelle Chip
1519 12/15/1988 Godfrey Kimberly Chip
  • Chip wins $600 from the Fame Game!
  • Chip wins $7,000 in Instant Cash!
  • Jim notes that senior citizens from Nevada are in the audience.
  • Chip didn't win the $7,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $27,898.
1520 12/16/1988 Johnny Kathy Chip
  • Chip wins $800 of Mystery Money from the Fame Game!
  • Chip finishes the day with $31,998.
1521 12/19/1988 Bill Karen Chip
  • The Sale of the Century opening logo was red with green drop shadows throughout the entire Christmas week, but used its normal animation.
  • Karen becomes the new champion, winning in the final seconds of the Speed Round. At one point, Chip has a $10 lead, 60-50, over Karen, but a string of three straight missed questions proves costly. In the final seconds, Karen's correct answer on Jesus' first miracle turning water into this (wine) and Chip answering after the buzzer -- correctly -- about the weather term about the amount of moisture (precipitation).
    • The three questions that initially derailed Chip: The tree that grows if you planted an acorn (oak, he answered elm); the Charles Schultz book whose title begins with "Happiness Is a Warm ..." (Puppy; he answered "Peanuts"); and the police drama starring Ken Wahl play a federal undercover agent infiltrated by the mob ("Wiseguy"; he answered "Police Story").
  • Chip ends his five-day run with $31,998; had he won, he would have gone for $9,000 in the Big Winners Money Game.
  • Set decorated for Christmas this week. This week was taped after November 18; a question about the Andrew McCarthy & Molly Ringwald movie Fresh Horses was asked.
  • Karen wins $2,000 in Instant Cash! Her bonus prize was crystal stemware from Orrefors worth $2,116.
  • Karen missed the first puzzle about the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere, but managed to come roaring back especially on the last two when she got them in two words each -- including the final one, with just "southern state" showing (answering "Louisiana" before "where Creoles, Cajuns live") -- to win the $5,000. She finishes the day with $9,870.
1522 12/20/1988 Holly Rene Karen
  • Jingle Bell Rock plays during the first Instant Bargain.
  • Rene and Karen win $500 and $700 respectively from the Fame Game!
  • Karen wins the $6,000 Winner's Big Money Game and currently has $21,420!
  • Last time the Winner's Big Money Game is won this week.
1523 12/21/1988 Nancy Randy Karen
1524 12/22/1988 Ben Angela Randy
1525 12/23/1988 Ursula Jeff Angela
  • Last episode of Christmas week (aired on Christmas Eve Eve), and the last episode before Christmas Day (Christmas Day was on Sunday in 1988).
  • Last ever Christmas episode aired before the series' cancellation in March 1989.
1526 12/26/1988 Carolyn Flip Angela
  • First episode of New Year's week (aired the day after Christmas).
  • New Year's decorations replace the Christmas ones, and the questions are New Year's-themed.
1527 12/27/1988 Louise Seth Angela
1528 12/28/1988 Rita Mike Angela
1529 12/29/1988 Stacy Neil Angela
  • Neil is Neil Flynn, who would later star in Scrubs and The Middle.
1530 12/30/1988 Beverly Kerry Stacy
  • Last episode of 1988 (aired on New Year's Eve Eve).
  • Kerry becomes the final new champion of 1988, winning $7,723 in cash and prizes. His winnings total includes a trip to New York.
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