Holy mother of pearl. 25000 for an 026

Lee Courtney leec2124 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 11:38:59 CDT 2015

I know that as late as the mid-1970s 026's were refurbished and upgraded by
a third-party (SORBUS?) as cheaper 029s and with the 029 character set. We
had many of these 026-->029s where I went to school.

Lee C.

On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 7:20 AM, Cory Heisterkamp <coryheisterkamp at gmail.com>

> I use to watch for these on ebay and it seems one would pop up every 12-16
> months or so, usually on the opposite side of the country, and sell for
> $500-$1000 depending on condition. I recall when a certain 129 was up for
> bid back in 2005; info preserved by the 'IBM Collectibles' webpage.
> http://ibmcollectable.com/gallery/album71  Hard to say what it might go
> for these days. -Cory
> On Jun 6, 2015, at 1:39 AM, Brent Hilpert wrote:
> > On the one hand the 25K is ridiculously excessive; on the other I'm
> surprised you were able to obtain one for so little, even in poor
> condition, and there was so little bidding.
> >
> > Replacing the missing keycaps may be difficult, but it otherwise looks
> quite recoverable.
> >
> >
> > On 2015-Jun-05, at 6:21 PM, Connor Krukosky wrote:
> >
> >> That has been posted up for a LONG time and will likely NEVER sell at
> that price or at any offer since this guy seems to think its made of gold.
> >> It's less rare than an 029 seemingly anyway. The 026's seem to have had
> a lot more of them run for a longer time, meaning more survived to see the
> light of day again...
> >> Its in better condition than the one I got, but I got mine for only 9
> dollars!!
> >> http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-26-Keypunch-Punch-Card-/141603779673
> >> It may be worth a couple of hundred to the right person, but I can't
> ever see that thing selling anywhere close to that figure...
> >>
> >> -Connor K

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