What could this wooden Newton Messagepad 100 be worth?

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  1. flamaest macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I believe I have come across an original artifact which appears to be a rare original wooden Newton Messagepad 100 from 1992.

    This unit is in perfect condition and I have been told it is the original solid wood mock up unit shown by Apple Computer during the the first few Apple conference shows in the late 80's.

    I am attaching a picture, please make me an offer. I am in California and would be happy to provide video or a personal viewing of the artifact, if proximity permits.

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    Thanks,
    Fabian.
     
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  3. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Wow that looks brand NEW. Where in the world did you keep it. Are the the orignal owner?
     
  4. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it is wood, I can tell by tapping the body lightly of the product with my hand.

    It is near mint and original. I received it as a gift from a silicon vally widow. She told me where it came from. That's all i know.. looking for estimated value or offers to buy.

    Fabian.
     
  5. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    Hmm. really neat.That is defently one of a kind... Ask arn, he collects newton stuff.
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    is it just me or are ebay newtons really cheap now?
     
  7. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, I'm new to this board.. who is ARN..?

    Thanks,
    Fabian.
     
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  9. arn macrumors god

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    Apple gave out wooden newtons to a group that protested the Newton's demise...

    don't know how many were distributed.

    arn
     
  10. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you Arn, would you happen to know of this units value or of any interested parties?

    Thanks,
    Fabian
     
  12. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Rare, but not one of a kind.
     
  13. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    ok then.... i didn't know there were more :) sill a very cool object. You could probally make $$$ by selling it on ebay....
     
  14. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the "$$$".

    Can someone suggest what I should set the "reserve" at on this unit? A starting price perhaps?

    Thanks,
    Fabian.
     
  15. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    What would you want to trade for it ??
     
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    What an odd thing to do! Rubbing salt in the wound!
     
  17. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    Well, that's just bizarre - why didn't they give them low-end units from inventory? If I got a wooden mock-up, I'd think they were mocking me :mad:
     
  18. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    not sure really, I am open to reasonable trade offers...

    a PDA, memory cards, DVD burner, cash?

    make an offer...

    Thanks,
    Fabian.
     
  19. DaveP macrumors 6502

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    If you do a google search for a wooden newton I found a newton collector who is looking to buy one: http://www.normalkid.com/collector/

    Don't know if he would try to rip you off or something though
     
  20. arn macrumors god

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    That's my site, btw. And no, I wouldn't rip him off... but I'm also not really in the market anymore. :)

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  21. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ""The wooden Newton was also distributed at the NDA Protest Rally at Apple after Newton was discontinued. Unfortunately, few seemed to have made it out of there. If anyone's got a spare one, I'd love to take it off your hands.""


    Yes, I saw that site and tried to send and e-mail to 'him' but got a bounce... [now I know who ARN is :) ]

    ARN, what do you think the ballpark value of this wooden unit is please? Could you spread the word to your fellow collectors to see if someone would be interested? Thanks again for sharing your wisdom!

    Fabian.
     
  22. arn macrumors god

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    no clue these days. ebay's your best bet. Back in the day I would have spent a reasonable amount of money for it (up to $200 probably).

    Back then the rare items were sought after. Over the years, there's a lot less interest in it. So, hard to say. I'd say you could easily get $100 for it. Beyond that, it depends on the mood of the people who see it in auction. If you are luckly and catch the interest of two collectors, it could go for much more.

    The most I saw a truly rare newton go for was about $1100 for a beta/prototype version of the original Newton.

    arn
     
  23. DaveP macrumors 6502

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    Haha, that's hillarious.
     
  24. flamaest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am officially giving this unit away to a life long friend of mine who is a self described mac and Newton lover. He has a spot already picked out for it in his entertainment center.

    Thanks everyone for the info about this unit!
    Fabian.
     

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