At the end of the show, the 2 winners from the 1st & 2nd Showcase Showdown play the Showcase. On half-hour episodes, including pre-1975 episodes and subsequent half-hour episodes until 1994, the 2 contestants with the highest winnings advanced to the Showcase.
A "showcase" of prizes is presented and the top winner (the contestant on the right podium) either keeps the showcase and places a bid on the total value of the showcase or passes the showcase to the runner-up (the contestant on the left podium), who is then required to make a bid. A second showcase is then presented and the contestant who had not bid on the first showcase makes a bid. Unlike the One Bid, the contestant bidding on the second showcase may bid the same amount of his/her opponent did on the first showcase, since the two contestants are bidding on different prize packages. As long as the contestants already bid, they need to not change the showcase's bid.
The contestant who has bid nearer to the price of his/her own showcase without going over wins the prizes in his/her showcase. Any contestant who overbids automatically loses regardless of the opponent's result. If both contestants overbid, this is called a Double Overbid (or a "Double Over" by Drew) which results in both contestants losing, and the losing horns will be played. Sometimes they wrap up the showcase with Bob Barker or Drew Carey mingling with the other contestants, as well as members of the studio audience, while the models waved goodbye.
Unlike One Bid, there is no additional bonus for a perfect bid, which has happened twice during this incarnation, in the daytime show's history. However, if the winner's difference is $250 or less away from the actual retail price of his/her own showcase without going over, the contestant wins both showcases. From April 18, 1974 (#0854D) to June 12, 1998 (#0815K, the Season 26 finale), the contestants' bids had to be less than $100 from the actual price without going over in order to win both showcases. As a part of 2017-2018's "Price's Big Money Week", the winner's difference is $2,500 or less away from the actual retail price of his/her own showcase without going over, the contestant wins both showcases. The syndicated nighttime versions had no such rule. 1996 is the only year of the '90s that did not have showcases under $10,000. The last showcase under $10,000 was on April 22, 1997 (#0352K) which was worth $9,826. As of April 23, 1997 (#0353K) for a full day long, followed by April 28, 1997 (#0361K) for a full week long, and May 1, 1997 (#0364K) for a full month long, and September 8, 1997 (#0431K) for a full season long, and January 2, 1998 (#0585K) for a full year long, all showcases are above $10,000. Three of the '90s do not have showcases under $10,000: 1996, 1998, and 1999. The 2000s to now always had showcases above $10,000 since January 3, 2000 (#1321K).
Some showcases will contain a "Priceless Bonus" prize; when that happens, the contestant bidding on the showcase will be reminded not to include that prize in their bid.
The font style used for Double Showcase Winners was "Tonight" from 1974 to 2002 (though a different font style was used once in 1996), "Olympia" from 2002 to 2008, "Kingpin" from 2008 to 2009, Vag Rounded BT" from 2009 to present.
Since January 8, 1999 (#0965K), any showcase winning contestant who won over $35,000 in prizes, the contestant's grand total would appear on the bottom of the screen. If the contestant had won both showcases, the Double-Showcase Winner graphic appears first before the contestant's grand total. For unknown reasons, the graphic used on February 6, 2001 (#1692K) was blue with a white outline as opposed to the traditional green with yellow outline. On May 9, 2007 (#3983K), the contestant's grand total appeared first before the Double Showcase Winner winning graphic.
There is an unstated rule that a Double Showcase Winner is bid will be revealed last.
Foreign versions of the showcaseEdit
While some countries like Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the UK during the Leslie Crowther era use the same format for the showcases as the US, others do the showcase format differently.
- On the UK version during Bruce Forsyth and Joe Pasquale's runs: the player was presented with only one showcase. Before being shown that, he or she had to stop a range (going from £1,000 to £5,000 on Forsyth's run and £500 to £4,000 on Pasquale's run), and after being presented with the showcase, made a bid, and if it fell in the range without going over, they won it (i.e. if a contestant had a £2,000 range, bid £29,000, and the price was £30,493, they won it). Other versions like the Netherlands (Carlo Boszhard era), Portugal (Fernando Mendes era), Finland, Argentina, and the 2010 Mexican version do the same thing, but with different amounts.
- Bob Warman's UK version in 1989 did the same thing, but the contestant chose their range from sealed envelopes. Other countries such as the Netherlands (Hans Kazan era) and Israel did the same thing as well.
- Germany had two players playing the same showcase, and with a fixed range of DM5,000. Spain and France did the same thing; however, they used the range finder format that Bruce's Price is Right used. During the 80s and 90s, Portugal's version did the same thing, but without a range.
- Australia's versions, beginning with Garry Meadows' run, also did the showcase format differently. The top two winners (or during hour shows, the two Showcase Showdown winners of each half) played a game identical to 2-Player Bullseye, with the contestants being given a $50 range in the 1973 version and a $100 range in all subsequent runs (for instance, if the showcase was worth $567,912, the range would fall between $567,900 and $568,000). Once someone guessed the price correctly, that person had to arrange all the items in the showcase (five, six, seven, or eight, depending on the version) from cheapest to most expensive to win it. On Mega/Monster Showcase specials, the contestant would be tempted some money if they thought they got the order wrong. The 2001 Philippines version is the only other known version to use such a format, but it's possible the 1992 New Zealand version used it, too. In the 2012 version, early episodes played with a $1,000 range in the first part, but a few weeks later, went back to the usual $100 range. Also, in the second part, the contestant had 40 seconds to arrange the items in order rather than being given an infinite amount of time—if they weren't done arranging items within that time, the prizes were locked in automatically.
These are the many looks of the showcase podiums over the years.
Bob Barker EraEdit
Drew Carey EraEdit
Primetime Showcase podiumsEdit
Halloween-themed Showcase podiums 2009Edit
Double Overbids on the ShowcaseEdit
Double Showcase Winner GraphicsEdit
- Double Showcase Winners/1974-1998 Statistics
- Double Showcase Winners/1998-2007 Statistics
- Double Showcase Winners/2007-2015 Statistics
- Double Showcase Winners Statistics