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The "Chaffey College" Apple-1 personal computer

1976-1977, Palo Alto, CA
Comprising the original Apple-1 "NTI" motherboard [marked: Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto , CA Copyright 1976] with original blue Sprague 39D capacitors, original power regulators, rare original "Circle D" ceramic .01 capacitors, and an Apple Cassette Adapter (ACI) in an original ByteShop Apple-1 koa wood case with Datanetics Keyboard Rev D [keyboard dated: Sept 21 1976], Apple -1 connecting cable, and power supply, partnered with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor [model no. TR-930U; serial no. KA6320206; dated: MAY 1986]; accompanied by a period Xerox copy of the Apple-1 Basic Manual, the Apple-1 Operations Guide, an original MOS 6502 programming manual, and two Apple-1 software cassette tapes with period hand-written index card with memory locations for the Apple-1 loading software; further accompanied by three original video, power, and cassette interface cables, 16 pieces
Computer: 4.25" H x 15.75" W x 17.5" D; Monitor: 8.5" H x 8.75" W x 9.75" D

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Alta Loma, CA
    Purchased from the above by present owner in 1977
  • Notes: The year 2021 marks the 45th birthday for Apple. The world's largest technology company is currently valued in the trillion-dollar range, and it all began with two Steve's, one garage, and Apple Computer 1, more commonly referred to as Apple-1. The company was created in 1976 when electronic engineer Steve Wozniak (b. 1950) teamed up with marketing guru and industrial designer Steve Jobs (1955-2011). John Moran Auctioneers is thrilled to give tech lovers the opportunity to own one of the few remaining Apple-1 Computers.

    200 Apple-1 computers were designed by Steve Wozniak and assembled and tested by Steve Jobs, Patty Jobs (his sister), and Daniel Kottke in the Jobs' home. 175 of them were sold for $666.66, a figure that catered to Wozniak's love of repeating numbers. 50 of the 175 computers were sold to Paul Terrell, owner of ByteShop in Mountain View, California. When Jobs delivered the 50 Magazine boxes each containing an Apple-1 kit, Paul Terrell was not happy. He anticipated 50 all-in-one units that could simply be plugged in by the consumer, an unheard-of concept at the time. Jobs defended his delivery by pointing out that each box included all necessary elements to compose the machine and further convinced Terrell that ByteShop could make a profit by selling keyboards, monitors, and power supplies within their store as an opportunity to upsell the product.

    The wooden case that houses this computer is made from Koa wood. In the 1970s, Koa wood was abundant and easily accessible, especially on the west coast because it was native to Hawaii, but due to cattle grazing and extensive logging, the Koa tree is now considered much rarer and more expensive. There are only six known examples of the Koa wood case in existence, and this unit is one of them.

    The Apple-1 Computer on offer has only had two owners. It was originally purchased by an electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, who then sold it to his student in 1977.

    This Apple-1 has recently undergone an extensive authentication, restoration, and evaluation process by one of the foremost experts in the field, who inspected all components and generated a full condition report for the Apple-1.

    The lot is accompanied by a bound copy of the professional authentication and condition report and a proof of life DVD.

    This computer will be included in the official registry of Apple-1 computers by the name "Chaffey College Apple-1."

    To bid on this lot, a bid limit increase must be requested. New bidders may be asked to provide additional financial information including a deposit or proof of funds. Please contact [email protected] to make bidding arrangements.
  • Condition: Condition report upon request.

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$500 $999 $50
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