Original Apple I For Sale On Ebay

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Original Apple I For Sale On Ebay

As of this morning, there is an Original Apple I for sale on eBay.

Starting Price $30,000.00

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Aww jeez, not again.

Aww jeez, not again.

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LOL

Hey Doc,

Thats what I said when I saw it, but apparently (according to the description) this was one of the Apple I's that was turned in when Apple was trying to upgrade everyone to an Apple II. Interesting description. A good read if you have the time. Smile

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Fortunately we have Replica's

Fortunately we have Replica's...

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Early Apple prototypes and products on eBay

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"Early Apple prototypes and products on eBay"
By sfahey
Mike Willegal wrote in about Dick and Cliff Huston, two brothers who worked at Apple (employees 25 and 27) from 1977 to mid 1984. The Huston Brothers are auctioning off a collection of early prototypes on eBay. You can learn more about each item and it’s authenticity at Cliff Huston’s web site.

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Re: Early Apple prototypes and products on eBay

gsmcten wrote:
From A2 Central

"Early Apple prototypes and products on eBay"
By sfahey
Mike Willegal wrote in about Dick and Cliff Huston, two brothers who worked at Apple (employees 25 and 27) from 1977 to mid 1984. The Huston Brothers are auctioning off a collection of early prototypes on eBay. You can learn more about each item and it’s authenticity at Cliff Huston’s web site.

Great stuff... I love the sun glasses!

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I wonder if they paid Woz for

I wonder if they paid Woz for the signature on the certificate of authenticity. or if they're going to give him a cut of the sale? If I were Woz's agent I would demand both.

It says hundreds of Apple I's were produced. I thought it was only 50. Maybe I'm getting confused.

A pile of Apple I boards on their way to being destroyed. Imagine that.

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So, the question is...

Will this sit with no bids until the last minute and then sell at exactly the listing price like the last one did? If so, the guy who paid $20,000 more for the last one will feel a little stupid.

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night and day

Nah. This auction is nothing like that other auction. It's the other stuff besides the board in the other auction that made it so valuable--original packaging, original manual, original documentation, and the signed business note from Steve Jobs typed out on a sheet of ruled notebook paper. As a package with the board, that other stuff made the whole auction very valuable. That auction was museum material. That one was a once-in-a-lifetime buy. That buyer's not going to feel stupid. The two auctions are like night and day. I'd value this one closer to $20,000-25,000 since we saw another one, similar to this one, earlier sell for around $16,000 (Buy-it-now), and that one had had some modifications--new capacitors or something like that but also some kind of memo of authenticity from Woz and a copy of an original AppleI manual--not its original manual, and not an actual original copy.

But you know, if they can get 30k, more power to them. I have my doubts this time, but a collector may have a different opinion.

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hundreds

Ok, I'm looking at this page:
http://apple2history.org/history/ah02.html

The first order of Apple I's was made by "The Byte Shop." They ordered fifty, but eventually "Two hundred Apple-1 computers were manufactured, and all except twenty-five of them sold over a period of ten months." So this correction to my mistaken belief that there were only fifty made knocks my evaluation of the $50,000 auction slightly. It would be interesting to know exactly how many of that two hundred were traded back into Apple and destroyed.

So does anyone recognize the keyboard in this auction? The history seems a little vague about the keyboards that people used with the Apple-1. What was the source of the keyboards?

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Apple I Keyboard

This is the keyboard that was used with the Apple I:
http://www.applefritter.com/node/2810

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$42,766!

SOLD FOR $42,766!!!

Well, I'll be. Maybe it was the tapes. :o

I guess it wasn't so night and day. Heads up--current market value of an Apple I in good condition with extras: $40,000--$55,000. Check your closets!

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What-evar
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