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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Vintage Apple-1 Fetches Record $905000 at Auction
PC Magazine, October 23rd

Auction house Bonham had expected to sell the vintage computer for anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000, but the near million-dollar price tag makes it the most expensive Apple-1 ever sold at auction. The buyer, the Henry Ford organization, said it plans...Read more

Apple-1 computer fetches more than £560k under the hammer
Digital Spy UK, October 23rd

An original model of the Apple-1 has fetched more than £560,000 ($896,837) at an auction at Bonhams in New York City. The vintage computer, hand-built in a garage by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, smashed expectations of £310,000 ...Read more

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Opptrends, October 23rd

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Daily Nexus, October 22nd

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Digital Spy UK, October 20th

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HeraldNet, October 19th

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ZEIT ONLINE, October 6th

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The Seattle Times, September 21st

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