mainframes and other stuff

Vlad Stamate vlad.stamate at
Fri Nov 21 10:52:51 CST 2014

On 21 November 2014 08:29, Al  Kossow <aek at> wrote:
> On 11/21/14 7:21 AM, David Schmidt wrote:
>> if the scrapper teamed up with a curator, a lot of money could be made,
>> and a lot of valuable stuff could be saved
>> from actually being scrapped.  Shame.
> And from my dealing with scrappers for decades, as Will said, they won't
> waste their time with the small-time collectors
> that hang out here. If you aren't talking thousands of dollars, and big
> lots, you don't play. Anything less is chump change
> that they may put some flunky on trying to sell on eBay. Witness what
> happened with Sellam's collection for the past two
> years. They screwed around with it trying to find someone to buy the whole
> thing, spent six months with truckloads at the
> DeAnza flea market, then dumped the rest.
Oh so that is what I was buying from at De Anza? The huge trucks that
kept having surprisingly interesting good value vintage computers and
manuals. I was wondering how did those guys have mainly good stuff to


> What I'm seeing more of now is just collectors selling between each other,
> with prices slowly ratcheting up on desirable
> pieces, and most of the rest getting scrapped.

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