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What's in Your Attic?
In a recent CNN article it was reported that an Apple 1 Computer, one of only six remaining original desktop computers, sold for $671,000. This got me thinking…
As a lifelong techie and part-time hoarder: what valuable treasures were collecting dust in my attic? After fumbling around in a dimly lit crawlspace for a few minutes, I realized that no six figure techno-antiquity was waiting for discovery within my “collection”.
But wait… AH-HA: There in the corner was something that had potential… No, it wasn’t a Commodore 64 or a TI-99/4A… my “treasure” was a 1930s era typewriter.
The next step was a trip to my favorite (and free) virtual appraiser: eBay.com. Here are some of the results from my research:
- Apple II with Accessories Bids: 30 Final Price: $5,667
- Commodore Amiga (Sealed) Bids: 18 Final Price: $9,100
- 486 DX 2/66 (New) Bids: 1 Final Price: $5,500
- Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Bids: 1 Final Price: $650
This research has led me to one conclusion: Next time I drive by a yard sale on a Saturday morning I just might stop for 5 minutes and take a look around.
Oh, and by the way, my 1930s Royal typewriter is selling for about $120 on eBay. Not bad!
Some links to Vintage/Collectible Computers: