Vintage computers aren't your typical collector's item, but some of the earliest PCs from the 1970s and 80s are already starting to command big bucks in working condition. This is particularly true of models that preceded the volume production IBM PCs and Apple Macintoshes, such as MITs Altair 8800 (1975) and 680 (1976) kit computers, Apple IIs with low serial numbers (1977), early Commodore 64’s (1982) and Apple Lisas (1983).

Aside from the above, there are plenty of vintage computer names to collect, including Compaq, Kaypro, Amiga, Sinclair, Franklin, Xerox, Digital Equipment, Atari, Heathkit, Texas Instruments, and Silicon Graphics. With vintage computers, displayability is key, so make sure you get all the accessories, software, manuals and power cords you'll need to run your vintage machine.

Also, keep your eye out for vintage computer-related paper items and ephemera. Some early magazines, like the famous January 1975 Popular Electronics issue featuring the Altair 8800, can fetch over $100.

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7 Amazing Vintage Computer Collections
PC Magazine, August 15th

It's no secret that the breakneck pace of technological process in the computer industry—which churns out newer, faster models every year—leaves behind more than a few orphan platforms in its wake. Within only a few years of each machine's release, ...Read more

Vintage computer maker Commodore is back as a retro gaming smartphone
GMA News, July 16th

Remember Commodore, the iconic home computer that helped bring computing to the masses over 30 years ago? It's back—this time as a smartphone. But the smartphone, dubbed the Commodore PET, comes not just with the Commodore name: it also ...Read more

An Apple Aficionado, With a Million-Dollar Vintage Computer Collection
New York Times, June 8th

But vintage computers are his real obsession, namely ones made by Apple. He has created an exhibit on the history of the company in Roswell, Ga., where he is the chief executive of a corporate real estate firm. By his own estimate, he has invested more...Read more

Rare Apple 1 vintage computer donated to Northern California recycling center
KABC-TV, June 1st

Rare Apple 1 vintage computer donated to Northern California recycling center. Rare Apple computer worth $200K left at Milpitas recycling center. A recycling company in Milpitas is looking for a woman who cleaned out her garage and dropped off an Apple...Read more

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Hackaday, May 17th

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