(also posted on AtariAge)
I went to another estate sale today and got neat Apple II and /// items. Please look it over and tell me I didn't get shafted. Let's get the scoop from some folks in the know about pricing. This was from some engineer or technician that worked and lived in the area. For $600 smackerz I scored:
Wildcard 2 (I still have my original from the warez days, now I have two!)
A small box of no-name interface boards like parallel and serial stuff. Maybe IEEE and SuperSerial stuff.
Some school A/D and D/A card. Bankstreet something or other, I have to look at it.
Hayes external 300 baud smartmodem NIB MIB shrinkwrapped. The big metal kind.
Another Videx LowerCase chip and shift-wire mod. (I have 3 of them already, this is #4)
Another Apple ///+ (YES!!) ..with Monitor ///
Something like a daughtercard that says "32k cache" on it.
A plastic Tecmar housing.
A USR external 9600 and v.dot everything modem, with 100' cable!
An UltraTerm display board.
5 huge cartons of that useless educational crap from libraries (with the signout cards too) Crap from Spinnaker and MECC and Sesame Street. You know.. This will probably get tossed once I look through it.
An apple modem 300 with AC adapter and what seems to be another +100' cable!???!! wtf?
Some PC cards (and not 2 series related at all - so I won't go into detail)
A small box of no-name disk interface boards. I'm guessing Rana knockoffs or something.
An Apple /// metal carcass (what will I do with it??)
Some kind of OS2 warp 9 board and pile of disks folded(!) against it with a rubberband!
Your standard IIgs computers, 2 of them. Ready for the dump.
4 3.5 drives with varying interfaces, each one is different.
Apple II joystick (loose and crappy)
Apple II paddles
RocketChip (5MHz) and 2 ZipChips, lock stock dox and box. I assume so because they're still original wrapped and then wrapped again in target baggies.
A PC plus copycard from sensible software?? What is this? It's for the PC??
Another card that seems to be a Trackstar board??
A profile interface for the /// (no profile though)
Serial and parallel for the /// (Absolutely pristine)
Something about a II card for the /// ?? What is this?
3 Apple II Workstation cards. NIB and MIB (they look impressive AND expensive)
A Saturn Systems 128k ramboard.
2 of the standard obligatory //e 64k/80col cards
Ramworks and RamKeeper stuff with docs and fully populated daughtercard.
Fingerprint interface card.
A no-name lightpen board. (proably koala or gibson compatible is my guess)
A broken SpaceTablet 3D digitizer (sadly..)
A Zoom Telefonics modem.
2 soundboards, that Ufonic crap and an AE Phasor music board.
7 Disk II interfaces, 4 Disk II drives.
A number of cables for seemingly everything.. Looks like a lot of parallel stuff. Lots of D-connectors and RCA and cassette-style plugs. But curiously no printers and no AC power cords were anywhere to be found!?!
A couple of II and II+ and //e consoles each. Mostly suitable for landfill purposes I believe. I'm not bothering to work on these. The smell is just ungodly and seemingly comes from the depths of hell itself. The lady won't even let them in the garage even. (but everything else was "approved" and deemed safe to keep).
This was like one of those hoarder things or a grade B storage wars episode. Where they call the dumpster and the folks use shovels to clean out the place. Good god!! The big items needed cleaning. And the smaller stuff just fell to the bottom of the heaps and mounds and seemed to be "protected" by layers of dirt. All the chips are gonna come out, and the boards will get washed and the chips too. Because, it's all just layers upon layers of newspaper dust! Dammn!
Some books, the typical manuals. All this stuff is in perfect shape. Seemingly. Computer Station 3-ring binder manual. In depth catalogs. Manuals for various cards. A Bluebook - phonebook sized. Boxes of Nibble and inCider rags. Unfilled-out warranty papers, I'd say 30 sheets of various kinds from Apple inc. 5 Software bank binders. B-sider manual. A carton of that Special Delivery Software crap.
I left the monitors (I have enough already) and all the PC 286 and 386 crap there. There must have been 15 '386 computers from Zenith and Gateway or Horizons or something. There were no MAC's or anything above 386-25.
At the end of the day I had the trunk full and more stuff to pack in. So the nicer items went in the back seat. And there you have it! Was it worth a day and $600?