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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Classic Computer Magazine Archive

Classic Computer Magazine Archive

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IBM Archives

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Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls
The Journal, March 2nd

Today you can find butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers, and a great deli called Mmm. You can buy a chef's hat or a blond wig, weigh yourself for 30p, or browse vintage computer games – it's a glorious cornucopia. Last week it lost its Greggs, which...Read more

Retro Edition: VCF East, April 17 – 19
Hackaday, March 1st

Around this time last year we were planning our trip to the Vintage Computer Festival East in Wall, NJ. This year we're doing it all over again, and according to the announcements coming out of the planning committee, it's going to be a very, very cool...Read more

Winslow Boy's Ambitions Outgrows Parents' Home
WABI, February 20th

Many home basements are entertainment centers, laundry rooms, or simply filled with a bunch of worthless stuff but not the one owned by the Jason family. Alex Jason has a collection of nearly 200 Apple computers. “I realized well these vintage...Read more

'Letter to a Future Lover' by Ander Monson
Boston Globe (subscription), February 17th

He finds an antique computer punchcard (emblazoned “DO NOT LOSE”) in the shelves of an engineering library and wonders whether “[a]ll technologies are just a screen.'' He finds the binding instructions for a journal (“bind in everything”) bound into...Read more

Winslow teen looks back at forward-looking Apple
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, February 16th

Alex started collecting randomly with six vintage computers he bought in Bangor and a collection of over 100 items that he bought from Re-Books in Waterville, but over time he has started to focus the collection on Jobs' time at Apple. “The most...Read more

'The Oregon Trail' among thousands of vintage computer games now free online ..., January 14th

It's not so hard being a pioneer. I made it from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City in just over three months during the summer of 1848. Sure, the four other members of my family died, I only had one ox left, and I arrived in Oregon with dysentery...Read more

Transistor Sister remakes vintage computer parts as circuit chic
The Seattle Times, September 21st

Steve Grzadzielewski has more than a million electronics parts lying around his house in West Seattle. But he's no engineer — Grzadzielewski and his sister Susan make and sell jewelry made out of vintage electronics parts. Their business, aptly named ...Read more

These Vintage Computer Ads Show We've Come a Long, Long Way
TIME, August 13th

These Vintage Computer Ads Show We've Come a Long, Long Way. TIME Photo. Aug. 13, 2014. SHARE. These ads from the 70's and 80's remind us of a time when computers came in briefcases and cost "Under $18,000!" These Vintage Computer Ads ...Read more