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MacRumors
Jun 21, 2013, 10:02 AM
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The Associated Press reports (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=194110746) that yet another working Apple 1 from 1976 is headed to auction, with Christie's placing a $300,000 opening bid and $500,000 estimate on the machine. The machine is owned by Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, California who acquired it in a swap over three decades ago.Perry, 70, acquired his Apple 1 in either 1979 or 1980, as a secondhand item he saw advertised.

He paid nothing for it; it was a swap with the owner.

"I traded some other computer equipment I had for the Apple 1," he said.Perry has kept the machine, which is essentially a single circuit board paired with aftermarket components such as a monitor, keyboard, and tape storage, in a cardboard box, and only recently confirmed that it still functions.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/06/apple_1_board.jpgApple 1 circuit board (Source: Wikimedia (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apple1innards.jpg))
Perry's Apple 1 is one of only a handful of the machines in existence still in operation, although several others have been auctioned over the past year or two. Just last month, one sold for the equivalent of a record $671,400 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/25/working-apple-1-computer-sells-for-record-auction-price-of-671400/) at auction in Germany.

The online auction for Perry's Apple 1 begins on Monday, June 24 and runs through July 9. The machine will be on display at the Computer History Museum (http://www.computerhistory.org) beginning on Monday.

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UnfetteredMind
Jun 21, 2013, 10:07 AM
Should get a nice payout for keeping it around in a cardboard box for nearly 35 years.

budselectjr
Jun 21, 2013, 10:20 AM
At the time, he was working as a psychologist in a school in Carmichael, a town near Sacramento. While observing special needs children, he noticed that a teletype machine "made a huge difference" in how a deaf boy using it responded and learned.

As the first computers came on the market, Perry learned to program them. Then he approached Wozniak, who agreed to provide what the psychologist calls Apple's "internal code" so he could create interactive lessons for his students using the new technology.

very cool

ritmomundo
Jun 21, 2013, 12:21 PM
Perry has kept the machine, which is essentially a single circuit board paired with aftermarket components such as a monitor, keyboard, and tape storage, in a cardboard box, and only recently confirmed that it still functions.

So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...

Laird Knox
Jun 21, 2013, 12:48 PM
So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...

That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.

sclawis300
Jun 21, 2013, 01:06 PM
That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.

Talk about fragmentation. ha ha ha.

ajo
Jun 21, 2013, 01:42 PM
Should I buy now or wait?

Jibbajabba
Jun 21, 2013, 01:51 PM
Should I buy now or wait?

I'd wait for the 1S :)

ritmomundo
Jun 21, 2013, 02:58 PM
That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.

I see. Thanks.

macs4nw
Jun 21, 2013, 04:07 PM
.....another working Apple 1 from 1976 is headed to auction, with Christie's placing a $300,000 opening bid and $500,000 estimate on the machine.....

.....Just last month, one sold for the equivalent of a record $671,400 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/25/working-apple-1-computer-sells-for-record-auction-price-of-671400/) at auction in Germany.

Article Link: Another Working Apple 1 Heads to Auction with $500,000 Estimate (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/21/another-working-apple-1-heads-to-auction-with-500000-estimate/)

I'm headed to the attic, the basement and the garage, to check all those dusty boxes.....;)

donutbagel
Jun 21, 2013, 04:27 PM
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?

underkuerbis
Jun 21, 2013, 04:39 PM
Maybe these are all devices that've been produced during the making of the Jobs movie... You know, when Ashton was bored or something...

Ricanlegend
Jun 21, 2013, 07:59 PM
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?

they cant blow up if you never turn them on lol

esskay
Jun 21, 2013, 08:58 PM
I wonder what my old Apple II Plus is worth? Lol

dazed
Jun 21, 2013, 10:35 PM
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?


Quality really went downhill after the Apple 1 ;)

Jibbajabba
Jun 22, 2013, 02:17 AM
I wonder what my old Apple II Plus is worth? Lol

Some go for under 200 bucks on eBay ;)

Lancer
Jun 22, 2013, 06:01 AM
Wish I'd bought one in 76... but I was only 5 at the time :lol:

Deedlez
Jun 22, 2013, 07:36 AM
Kinda wish I'd bought one back in the day. But then again, pretty much all my 80's computer kit (such as it was) have long since died :(

Digital Dude
Jun 22, 2013, 01:43 PM
I'd wait for the 1S :)

MacRumors got word that the new version ships with a cardboard box. 'This changes everything' :D

GenesisST
Jun 22, 2013, 04:29 PM
Kinda wish I'd bought one back in the day. But then again, pretty much all my 80's computer kit (such as it was) have long since died :(

I still have my trusty old Commodore 64 as a decoration... Just the keyboard/computer part. I won't even start it, the (seemingly) 1 dpi pixels would hurt my eyes... and I don't want to ruin the fond memories I have.

BoxBrownie
Jun 22, 2013, 10:20 PM
Who would ever think that buying a computer is an investment. Hmm.. makes me think about all those computers I threw away. Just imagine though if you had an Apple 1 and just threw it out. :eek:

Jibbajabba
Jun 23, 2013, 02:15 AM
MacRumors got word that the new version ships with a cardboard box. 'This changes everything' :D

Cardboard? It's called invocation :)

Señor
Jun 23, 2013, 02:24 AM
I'd wait for the 1S :)

Waiting for the 1.5 would get you a new flat design.

rei101
Jun 23, 2013, 12:14 PM
So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...

Back then a computer was something scary. Remember that even in early 90's there was not internet, a computer was something that you could barely use it to print your homework. There was not actual use for a computer at home even.

Go back to early 80's. There was no market, no need, no training.

People used to play in the street, look for information in the yellow pages, listen to the radio and such. Not having an enclosure for it... a miracle the thing was able to do something and another miracle someone had the knowledge to operate it.

otismotive77
Jun 23, 2013, 03:26 PM
is it really worth 500 grand? isn't it better to donate that money?

GermanyChris
Jun 23, 2013, 04:14 PM
Back then a computer was something scary. Remember that even in early 90's there was not internet, a computer was something that you could barely use it to print your homework. There was not actual use for a computer at home even.

Go back to early 80's. There was no market, no need, no training.

People used to play in the street, look for information in the yellow pages, listen to the radio and such. Not having an enclosure for it... a miracle the thing was able to do something and another miracle someone had the knowledge to operate it.

There were BBS’

By 1992/93 we had the internet at home

cmanderson
Jun 23, 2013, 07:03 PM
is it really worth 500 grand? isn't it better to donate that money?

Um, it's worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. As to whether or not it is "better" to donate that money, first it must sell, then the sellers should decide for themselves what to do with the proceeds. It shouldn't be a community decision.

ritmomundo
Jun 23, 2013, 07:05 PM
There were BBS’

By 1992/93 we had the internet at home

I remember BBS too! Crazy how far things have come so quickly. We also got Internet at home around 1993 (14.4k dial up - amazing). It's funny, it was so uncommon, I used it for homework all the time, and the teachers were so clueless. I remember I used altavista's babel fish to translate my Spanish homework for me, and the teacher was blown away. She had no clue. It was a great time to be growing up, lol! Sure, kids today have access to the Internet and stuff from birth, but it's so prevalent that its a blessing and a curse.

esskay
Jun 23, 2013, 10:18 PM
There were BBS’

By 1992/93 we had the internet at home

I remember using dial up BBSes in the mid 80's with my Apple II plus! Good times... ;)

Lancer
Jun 24, 2013, 12:00 AM
I remember the the early 90's and Apples eWorld, late nights on the computer so not to tie up the phone line with your 14.4k modem and getting online cost a fortune which most paid for by the hour!

Now look at your iPhone or iPad and see how far we have come.

We still have Mac Plus but it no longer works, wish we'd kept all the original packaging.