was: National Semi... is Apple ][ collectability (if any)

Josh Dersch derschjo at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 02:20:47 CST 2017

On 1/3/17 12:09 AM, jim stephens wrote:

> On 1/2/2017 11:26 PM, Brad H wrote:
>> I brought the RFI thing up with him.  No response.  There is a legit 
>> Rev 1 there too asking $3500.  I don't find Apple IIs below Rev 0 
>> that interesting anymore, personally.  I think even the legit guy 
>> would struggle to get much above $1500.
> The vintagecomputer museum guy on epay is selling mounted and framed 
> motherboards now for $1500 (might not work noted).
> I guess someone would care about low ref Apple 2's but I'm not sure 
> why there would be any interest.  I've got one I bought with the 
> original packing box, which I have picked and moved twice, which is 
> rare for my collecting, but I don't know what makes any Apple 2 like 
> that collectible.  As in why are they collectible with low serials / 
> part numbers.

Apple/Jobs fetishists.  They'll never own an Apple I, so they want the 
next best thing -- an Apple II with a really low serial number. S/N 25 
recently sold for just under $15k.  The early revs are not really all 
that different than the later ones (Rev 0. has color fringing on text, 
Rev 1. removed the (tiny) prototyping area, after that the revisional 
differences get even more mundane).  If you want an Apple II to play 
with (as opposed to worshiping), a II+ will do the job, is nearly 
identical to a straight-II, and no one seems to care too much about them 
so they're still cheap.

It seems (from watching eBay over the past few years) that S/N's less 
than about 9K tend to go for more ($1000+), and the closer you get to #1 
the crazier it gets, obviously...

- Josh

> is there any documentation as to when they were made with those 
> numbers that would make them significant?  The numbers made as Raymond 
> said would make most of us with Apple 2's millionaires I'd think 
> unless they have some other significance.
> just curious.
> thanks
> Jim

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