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.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Chips Etc.

Chips Etc.

Computers are upgraded more frequently than fashion, which means there’s a lot of obsolete hardware out there for… [read review or visit site]

Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum

Collect computers? This California-based museum's website has several excellent online exhibits, including an exten… [read review or visit site]

Old-Computers.com

Old-Computers.com

This gallery of over 900 vintage computers is notable for its comprehensiveness. Each model includes a text descrip… [read review or visit site]

Classic Computer Magazine Archive

Classic Computer Magazine Archive

If you collect early computers, you'll enjoy this site. Assembled by Kevin Savetz and a group of volunteers, with p… [read review or visit site]

IBM Archives

IBM Archives

An extensive collection of computer-related artifacts and reference information, plus a detailed history of IBM. St… [read review or visit site]

Oldcomputers.net

Oldcomputers.net

Steven Stengel's showcase of old computers from the 1970's and 80's. Also includes a reference section on old compu… [read review or visit site]

Classic-Computers.org.nz

Classic-Computers.org.nz

Terry Stewart's deep dive on vintage computers features an exhaustive tribute to the Dick Smith System 80, a TRS-80… [read review or visit site]

Early Office Museum

Early Office Museum

This site showcases pre-1920 office antiques, including paperweights, writing ink, paper fasteners, seal pressers, … [read review or visit site]

The Vintage Knob

The Vintage Knob

The Vintage Knob is an extensive resource on all types of audio electronics organized by manufacturer, from Aiwa to… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Fully Working First Version (chicklet Keyboard) Commodore Pet 2001 Serial# 35564Atari Falcon 030falconSinclair Zx Spectrum 128k Toast Rack Tested And Working New Keyboard MembraneAmiga 4000 3000 68060 Accelerator Card Incomplete For Parts Or RepairCommodore Amiga 500 A500 Rev 6a 1mb In Original BoxVintage Swiss Made Men Watch Sicura By Breitling Chrono Computer No ReserveAmiga 2000 Gvp 68060 25mhz Accelerator Card For Parts Or RepairVintage Mxr Electronic Drum Computer Machine Model 185Apple M5525 Macintosh Iifx Vintage Computer - Parts/repairApple Ii Gs Vintage Computer - Model A2s6000Amiga 2000 68040 33 Mhz Zeus Accelerator For Parts Or RepairComplete Atari 1040 St Vintage Computer Including MonitorLot *nib* Radioshack Trs-80 Model IiiCommodore Amiga 500 Computer W/ Cords - Untested, As-is Parts/repairApple Iie Computer A2s2064 With Two Disk Ii 5.25 DrivesApple Macintosh Portable - Excellent Working Demo UnitCommodore 64 Computer. Tested An Working! With Box, Joystick, Manual, GameRare Original Commodore Pet 2001 Series Vintage Computer, Blue Frame Ibm Model 5110 "portable" Computer---cpu, Disk Drive, Printer, Manuals, & DisksMacintosh Color ClassicRare Vintage Computer Symbolics Macivory Nubus Lisp Machine Card Apple MacintoshApple Macintosh 128k M0001 Computer - For Parts Or RepairCommodore 64Apple Macintosh Se/30 - 4gb Scsi Solid State Drive, Ethernet, Recap!Vintage Radio Shack Trs-80 Model 1 Micro Computer SystemVintage Apple Macintosh Se/30 Mod. M5119 Pc Computer 1991 Assembled In IrelandVintage Commodore C64 Computer.. Power Light Comes On,not Fully Tested..Commodore 64 Ultima Iv Quest For The Avatar - Complete In Box, Nice Map *read* +Vintage Swtpc 6800 6809 S00 Computer +mp8m2 Dmaf1 Mp-id Mp-s2 Mp-09a BoardRare Vintage Rca Cosmac Microtutor 2 ComputerTandy Color Computer 3 128k Coco3 In Box - Tested + Working Model 26-3334 Trs-80Vintage Apple 2 Ii Computer KeyboardVintage Seiko 7t34-6a09 Pilot's Chronograph Flight Computer Watch Vexcellent!Atari 1200xl Computer - Rare, Excellent, WorkingApple M5119 Macintosh Se/30 Vintage All-in-one Desktop ComputerApple Ii Plus With Disk DriveVintage 1981 Osborne Occ1 Portable Computer With Modem -- Passes Self-testVintage Casio Vl-tone Vl-1 Electronic Musical Instrument And Calculator In Box Vintage Commodore 64 Keyboard ComputerAcorn Electron 32k Personal Computer 1983 , Boxed And Complete.1984 Macintosh 128k 1st M0001 Mac! Very RareCommodore Sx-64 Portable Computer With Jiffy DosVintage Technics Sh-8066 Home Stereo Graphic Equalizer Computer Auto EqVtg Atari Lot,1200xl Computer.410 Program Recorder.manuals.5 Games Joystick.kongSnoopy Peanuts Sign Flying Ace Pilot Lounge Charlie Brown Airplane Cartoon MetalCommodore 64 Vintage Home ComputerLot / Set Apple Macintosh 6 Vintage 90's Lapel Pins Computer Mac Applexpo SvmKaypro 10 Vintage ComputerApple Newton Messagepad 120, 4mb+phone/fax Modem Cards, Stylus, Charger, BatteryCommodore Amiga 2000 Accelerator Great Valley Products Gvp 68030Macintosh Ii M5000 Vintage Rare Personal Home Computer Pc - Parts/repairVintage Aim-65 Computer With PeripheralsSet Of Texas Instruments Ic Sockets For Apple-1 Mimeo Newton Replicas. TiVintage Apple Iie Computer Duo Disk Controller Monitor A2m2010 Mint Condition Tandy Radio Shack Trs-80 Computer 2 Pc Us Sales OnlyExcellent Radio Shack Trs-80 Portable Color Computer Timex Sinclair 1000Atari 1050 Disk Drive - Excellent, Tested, WorkingAtari 1200xl Vintage Computer W/basic Computing Language Cartridge (k853714)Seiko Uc-3000 Vintage Computer Watch

Recent News: Computers

Source: Google News

Lockitron Tries Again With 'Bolt' Smart Lock
PC Magazine, January 28th

Those in the Bay Area next month can attend the Lockitron open house for a chance to check out the Bolt in person, meet the Lockitron crew, and play vintage computer games on an Apple II computer. Crowdfunding—from earning money to meeting ...Read more

Dave Bidini: Mac and me — on celebrating the 31st birthday of the Apple 128K
National Post, January 23rd

If Ridley Scott's ad suggested that the 1984-vintage computer would undo all that George Orwell had feared — and if those suggestions were, ultimately, shown to be facile and wrong — there was a time when you felt like you were zooming toward...Read more

Austin firm ranked below other tech companies before receiving no-bid contract
San Antonio Express-News, January 22nd

Evaluators Neal Larsen, Shannon Kelley and Gerda Sessions gave 21CT a score of 52.78 out of 100, with high marks for price but low for experience, according to records. The highest scorer, Vintage Computer Brokers, got 79.71, while the lowest, LMC Data ...Read more

Digital Archaeologist restores old websites to 'former glory'
Wired.co.uk, January 15th

He bought a few vintage computers off eBay, pulled some old code off his network and set up Digital Archaeology -- an exhibition that charted the "disruptive moments of web design," and the characters who shaped its evolution. The show was a success, ...Read more

'The Oregon Trail' among thousands of vintage computer games now free online ...
OregonLive.com, 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

Molly Soda asks "What's Your Wifi?"
The Detroit News, January 13th

The exhibit is curated by Internet artist Molly Soda with the help of multimedia publishing platform NewHive.com. "It's going to be pretty intense," says Soda, who explains that the creations will be displayed on vintage computer screens, TVs and via...Read more

YOU CAN NOW PLAY THESE 2380 VINTAGE COMPUTER GAMES ONLINE
Pages Digital, January 6th

It's pretty insane how far technology has come in the past few decades. It seems like only yesterday we were playing Snake 2 on a Nokia 3310, and now we can browse the web, send emojis and video call people all across the globe with just one device...Read more

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

At the hands of Seattle's Transistor Sister, vintage computer parts get a new life as tech-chic jewelry. Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times. Steve Grzadzielewski watches his sister Susan Grzadzielewski, and daughter Claire Montgomery make jewelry in...Read more