IBM 026

Able Baker misc4email at
Fri Sep 18 21:12:11 CDT 2015

Why not?
How do you know how many still exist?It may be restorable or maybe not.If not, then what is its value?If it is just a display item, then you have to really want to look at it and admire its inherent 'beauty'.If it is restored, then you probably want to exercise its functionality.Maybe punch some Fortran cards and feed them into a 1402 attached to a 1401 and calculate Pi to a million places and print the results on a 1403.Some people have more money than common cents...and are certainly permitted to spend it on anything they want.
Just saying...

      From: wulfman <wulfman at>
 To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <cctalk at> 
 Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 9:42 PM
 Subject: Re: IBM 026
rule #1
Dont feed the trolls.

On 9/18/2015 6:33 PM, Don North wrote:
> Lucky it is not just scrap metal then, it is a probably restorable 026
> keypunch, of which very few still exist.
> By your criteria any classic computer is worth well less than $99, as
> the metal content is much smaller than an 026.
> And then any car from the 50s or 60s is only worth a few hundred
> dollars, as that is its value in 'scrap metal'.
> Lots of objects that exist are worth more than the value of their
> commodity elements.
> Your 'scrap value' is about $160 according to this:
> On 9/18/2015 6:10 PM, Able Baker wrote:
>> Some people have more money than common cents...However, you only
>> overpaid for it by about $800.As scrap metal it's probably worth
>> about $99.99
>>        From: Todd Goodman <tsg at>
>>  To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
>> <cctalk at>
>> Cc: jnc at
>>  Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 7:59 PM
>>  Subject: Re: IBM 026
>>    * Noel Chiappa <jnc at> [150918 07:25]:
>>>      > Well, here's an 029 (not quite what the OP was looking for,
>>> but good
>>>      > enough for you all, I expect) for a not insane amount of money:
>>>      >
>>> So I see this sold - anyone know who got it?
>>>      Noel
>> Yes.  I did.  I'll let people know what's up when I receive it.  Though
>> i don't expect to get much time with it for a while.
>> Todd

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