Lots of Apple 1 computers @ VCF West

corey cohen coreyvcf at gmail.com
Mon Jul 8 10:10:16 CDT 2019

The high price isn’t a Steve Jobs distortion field.  The Apple-1 was collectible in the 1980’s before Jobs became the one we all remember.  The Apple-1 was really the 1st collectible personal computer and it was produced in very limited numbers for a very short time and was tied the grandparent to the Apple II and all other Apple products.  

As for the replicas being more reliable, only if they are built using modern sockets with modern caps and TTL chips where possible.   The original boards still differ a lot from the replicas because the techniques used to make the PCB boards are no longer used or legal due to environmental laws and the dying art of how they made PCBs in the 70’s.  

As for why a replica can cost so much, look at the prices for some of the items on the Apple-1 like the ceramic 6502, the shift registers or RAM.  They aren’t expensive because they are on an Apple-1, but there are people who collect those vintage chips also.  


corey cohen
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> On Jul 8, 2019, at 11:02 AM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 7/8/19 7:43 AM, Ethan O'Toole via cctalk wrote:
>>> Actually the cheapest Apple-1 reproduction is just over 4 figures.  A
>>> reproduction with date correct components cost as much as 5 figures.
>>> A work-alike like a replica-1 is cheap, maybe $150
>> No idea why people would go 5 figures on a replica that is still a replica?
>> The only reason for the high price on the original is Steve Jobs
>> (reality distortion field.)
> Practically speaking, what's the difference between a close working
> replica and the original?  Are the bits somehow imbued with some
> additional spiritual property?
> The replica may actually be more reliable.
> --Chuck

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