Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

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Hi there

For sale on Ebay one of the first Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

http://www.ebay.com/itm/112570157958

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Giuliano

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

I will let the forum experts confirm just what this item is... my quick view indicates while the ventless case and baseplate look original, the power supply/rocker switch is wrong, and the keyboard does not look right.

Despite that the sellers estimate of 1 to 2K is on the low side, even with a 28% buyers premium.

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

Poppa Gord wrote:

I will let the forum experts confirm just what this item is... my quick view indicates while the ventless case and baseplate look original, the power supply/rocker switch is wrong, and the keyboard does not look right.

Despite that the sellers estimate of 1 to 2K is on the low side, even with a 28% buyers premium.

Gord C

You are correct. The early (early!!) Apple II power supplies had a metal toggle switch, and the earliest incantations had a silk screened type label and not a sticker.

The keyboard is also too "new" - this would have had the earliest style keyboard which had the encoder chip connector which extended into the main compartment of the case - many of these chips had to be replaced as it was too exposed and they would get a static charge and that was it.

The case also has 2 cracks on the left side near the rear. These are especially fragile cases, 2 or 3 of the ones I have seen in my research have been broken beyond repair.

Could be an awesome project for the right person. The case, bottom tray and motherboard are golden. Smile

Jennifer

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

GIULIOBIT wrote:

Hi there

For sale on Ebay one of the first Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

http://www.ebay.com/itm/112570157958

Cheers

Giuliano

Sold to someone for $12,000 plus 28% buyers premium!

I wonder who picked it up?

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

Looked like a bidding war between two people or much more likely, a shill and a real bidder.
Hope it wasn't a accidental shill win (heh).

Wow, if you check the winner, it shows (in 30 days, mind you).
Total bids: 1651500
Items bid on: 153769

I'm pretty sure you couldn't bid that fast, or be that unlucky. They have a feedback of 8.
AND they bid on other stuff from that same seller in the same way (antiques, etc. unrelated to computers)
Seems like shill/fraud to me.

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

May have just been an automated bid. Electronically bidding against each other. Seen that happen a lot on stuff lately.

I'm almost kind of glad I didn't bid, I say almost. 12k was about what I would have put in so it would have pushed it higher, but the stupid eBay mobile app didn't allow bids on this item and when my reminder notification went off to set it all up, the eBay app said it wanted me to use a real computer. I was away at a family get together out of town and didn't have access to a real computer that I could have used and there is no way I would have done it on ebay's mobile website.

BTW: I'm not crazy... But I am a Debbie Reynolds fan and it is a ventless case, to me a double reasons to own it. Imagine If though research it can be shown that Carrie Fisher used it for Script Doctoring (she was considered one of the best in Hollywood), then it would be worth a bunch more even without the correct keyboard or supply (which are very hard to find, but not impossible)

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

I was at the floor for this auction, i had hopes that it would go for about the max predicted estimate (2k$).
I didn't even had a chance to raise my paddle; it started at $4.7k... oh well, too many eyes on this one.

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Re: Apple II serial # A2S1-0082

Even if it wasn't Debbie Reynolds computer it would have been way more than 2k. It has the original motherboard, ventless case and base-bottom. The keyboard and power supply were swapped, but actually I have not seen a picture showing the back of the keyboard, someone could luck out and it's only the keycaps that are wrong. I have seen that more than once with an early datanetics where they lost the power key and were missing other keycaps, so they just replaced the whole lot with a full set.