My Favorite Apple

Apples for Christmas

Written By: Scott - Dec• 17•16

My wife and I have an understanding now that we’re empty-nesters and parents of twenty-somethings, and it is we buy our own Christmas presents. Before you think this approach to gift giving takes all the fun out of this holiday, oh quite contraire.

Well, here it is the 17th of December and mine are starting to arrive. Yesterday my vintage still sealed “I’d rather be driving a Macintosh” brass key chain fob got here.  The problem is I hate to wait. Imagine getting new Apples and not being able to open and play with them yet.

Regardless, Christmas offers me the opportunity to add to my all things Apple collection when I probably wouldn’t have just up and bought some of these, but since we authorized each other to get some things we want, that’s when I go on the hunt. I got beat out on a couple of things I thought I’d win. But either way, I still have some goodies Santa’s gonna bring me.

After Christmas I’ll show you. I have several meaty posts already planned but want my items to use for pictures, so I must wait until I open the presents. There were a few things I wanted but didn’t even try for because they were way out of my price range. I still have my eye on the NIB sealed iPhone…just cause. I’ve given up on the NIB sealed original iPod. The last one I saw the guy wanted $20,000 for it. I do have my eye on a Lisa original mouse. I need it to complete another subcollection I have going- all the generations of Apple mice. I have most of them now by virtue of buying the machines already.

I’ll check back in before the big day but then after I open my goodies I’ll hit it hard for the weeks after with some in-depth posts about what I got and how they fit into the big picture of Apple history.




NIB Factory Sealed Vintage Apple Computer Company Products

Written By: Scott - Dec• 04•16
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The Apple line of new old Macintosh cube notepads

Collecting vintage Apple products that are still new gets me excited. The older the Apple is the harder it is to find in this condition. It wouldn’t be hard to find any old Apple in only good grade condition, but if I’m going to buy it used and in only good condition it would have to be extremely rare.

If you are into all things Apple, mint condition items (machines or merchandise) aren’t tremendously hard to find, especially on eBay. It is a function of your budget and space to display them all. The new (unused) old Apples are measurably more difficult to find though.

A direction that is even harder still to successfully pursue is finding either new or mint condition collectibles with their original box. If the Apple is vintage, then this can be very difficult. I mean who bought themselves a new Apple 20 or 30 years ago AND saved the box? Some did, I know, but to find a Macintosh or an iMac, or whatever, in collectible condition and still has its box that’s not all dented or beat up can be a challenge. But that’s what I like to do and all the way down to including their original manuals and peripherals.

Cinema Display & IMac BoxesWe know too that some of the Apple merchandise from their The Apple Collection product gift catalogs didn’t come in boxes though. I have many such new merchandise items, but not many Apple machines with their boxes. Most of the time when folks bought their new Apple, well, they used it and keeping the box wasn’t on their minds. So, I am a box collector too then. Not because I actually collect Apple empty boxes, but when have I ever bought anything Apple, be it my iPhone, iMac or even the ginormous 2007 30″ Cinema Display, regardless, and thrown away their boxes.

I love to find old Apples that still have their original boxes. I have several, like the one that came with the Flat Panel iMac (2005) when I bought it a few years ago.  I store the boxes out in my carport room, unfortunately, they are out there collecting dust.

And like my first and second gen iPods.

My Favorite Apple Collection Category

Finding an older Apple that is still new (unused and in brand new condition) and in its box (called New In Box or NIB) steps up the level of difficulty a notch or two, which brings me to my absolute favorite Apple sub-collection. My most prized sub-collection is finding old Apple products that are new in the box (NIB) and most importantly still are factory sealed and were never opened.

Factory sealed Apple collectibles are the most expensive collection category and the older product or the production date the rarer, more expensive and harder to find they become.

Obviously finding a recently manufactured new Apple is easy and they are plentiful, like an iPhone 5 or last year’s iPad. As a self-appointed Apple historian, I love to then add the layer of any first gen product line. The more recent inventions usually come from when I bought it, like the first iPhone or iPad. I still have the ones I bought when they first came out. The issue with collecting what you bought to use is that they typically aren’t in collectible condition- they are scratched up, so I just keep them as sentimental tokens of my personal Apple journey only.

Steve Jobs Business CardShort of owning an Apple 1, Steve Job’s Porsche or one of his business cards, any first gen still NIB factory sealed ranks at the very top of my most treasured.

An Apple collection can go a million directions as you can see and if you elect to add NIB factory sealed Apples as your primary collection it will be challenging. I know we collectors love the hunt though- the pursuit of finding new Apples to add to our collection- the quest of exploring the real and virtual worlds for these treasures.

Honestly, while collecting NIB Factory Sealed Apples make my heart go thump I really only have a few due to their rarity and expense.

One day while trying to rationalize the high price of the NIB sealed original iPhone (which I never could) I discovered a NIB factory sealed 1st Gen iPad. I was elated. It was even in the original box Apple shipped it in…but I opened that one 🙂

Unboxing Original 1st Gen iPad

While I’d love to add that iPhone, I find myself constantly lusting over the original iPod. One guy on eBay wants over $10,000 for his. I do have the factory sealed NIB 3rd Gen iPod from 2003. It’s the coolest one as it sports the backlit buttons.

Apple iPod 3rd Gen 2003

And yet my all time favorite factory sealed NIB has a manufactured date of 1985, so this is my oldest Apple still in its factory sealed and unopened box. It is the Apple IIc.

You may have noticed the original stand and monitor too. They were all purchased at the same time and never opened. The backstory is these were purchased by a company in St. Louis that after buying the IIC decided to go with a different computer system and stored these in their closet for all these years. When I bought the IIC I got its stand and monitor too, which I thought was pretty cool. Still together after all these years.


Apple Macintosh Computer Coffee Mug

Written By: Scott - Oct• 23•16

Apple mugs are very popular among collectors. These ceramic cups come in all different flavors and most sport Apple’s rainbow logo or name written in the large iconic Garamond Assortment of Apple coffee mugstypeface. Apple mugs can be relatively easy to find and some are still in new condition even after all these years. Many are pictured in the early The Apple Collection Catalogs. These catalogs also serve to help us narrow down the years the different mugs were produced.

I’ve been collecting these cool mugs for years and, while I can’t say I have the complete collection, there are a few that are my favorite, but there is one particular mug that ranks heads above the rest and this leads me to today’s post.

Early Apple Computer coffee mugsI’ve found my collecting fever ebbs and flows with time. Sometimes I’m constantly checking eBay for anything Apple that strikes my fancy, while I can go months without checking. But, I have a decent feel for what’s out there and what I’m still in the hunt for.

Well, last week I got super lucky. Not having checked eBay for several months I just happened to open the app while killing time in the airport on one of my trips. BINGO! I found the Apple of my eye. It was an early Macintosh mug I had been looking for over many years. This particular mug is, IMHO, the absolute hardest to find.

It’s the mug with Mac and his keyboard on one side and the rainbow logo on the other. This mug is different than all the rest too because of its shape. It’s 4 inches tall and almost 5 inches wide. While I’ve yet to find this mug pictured in any Apple catalogs it was all about Mac (1984). I found one on eBay years ago and bought it, but it had cracks. And while it was still structurally sound and highly collectible, I hoped one day I could find another without the cracks. Honestly, I didn’t think I ever would. It is just that rare, plus good grief the thing is ceramic and how many people can keep these mugs for over 30 years without them breaking.

And this is where the BINGO comes in. I have several different searches pre-set on eBay and in hopes one day I’d find another I pre-set an Apple mug search.

Yep, there he was and he didn’t have a single crack, plus he still had the rubber base intact. So, I grabbed it. And yes, I probably overpaid, but when you collect stuff sometimes it’s the price you have to pay and I did.

So, let me introduce my newest member to my Apple collection. Drum roll…

Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce the Macintosh mug.

Apple Macintosh coffee mug


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And just in case you are interested, I listed my cracked one on eBay now and hope it will find a good home. It served me well all these years.

Steve Jobs Collection Auction

Written By: Scott - Oct• 01•16

Collectors of all things Apple hunt for the rare and especially one of a kind representations of the early Apple days. Harder to find still are any items used or owned by Steve.

Julien's Auction CatalogLast week a friend and fellow auctioneer who sells all types of celebrity goodies sent me a text informing me he was auctioneering 31 Steve Jobs items that day along with a link to the catalog. I had just boarded a plane and Delta was about to close the door so I had only a few minutes to check it out before we took off and, of course, this particular flight offered no WiFi. I just had time to feast my eyes on exactly the type stuff I love and more importantly, they were all owned, worn or used by Steve personally.

I quickly downloaded the Julien’s Auction House App and registered to bid. At this point, we were taxing out and getting in position to lift off. I had only seconds to find what I wanted and then enter a bid.

BINGO! I found exactly the item from Steve I wanted to buy. It was his gold watch. The Apple Watch is cool, no doubt, but just imagine owning one of Steve’s own watches. I couldn’t stand it. With seconds to go and before we flew out of cell range I excitedly clicked to enter a bid. And then it I saw it. The bid was already $12,500.

My iPad cell service quit as we flew out of range.

Over the next hour, I came to terms with the fact that I was out- on everything. I didn’t really want to buy one of his shirts- that just seemed a bit creepy to me, but I would have loved to get his leather jacket.

In the end, the watch sold for $18,700 and the jacket $22,400.


Steve Jobs gold watch


Steve Jobs Leather Jacket


Here is a link to the catalog. Steve’s items are 770 to 801.



And who says Apple’s not innovating

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Macintosh Dealer Banner

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Salvador Dali iPhone

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Apple Rumor- Apple Tennis Shoes

Written By: Scott - Jan• 31•16

Folks make huge bucks in the Apple rumor mill. Apple is so secretive everyone is trying their darndest to figure out what the company is up to. I follow dozens of Apple news sites and find it humorous watching everyone fall all over each other trying to get the scoop.

I particularly got a chuckle last week over a rumor, or maybe it was more speculation. The thing thatApple Computer Sneaker Shoes I found funny was it involved one of my Apples in my collection. I was scrolling through my Facebook and the story caught my eye. It was about the Apple tennis shoes, or sneakers, if you prefer.

I linked the story to my Facebook page admitting to my friends that I owned a pair. They already know I Think Different so sometimes I just stir it up for fun.

Later that day, I clicked through to the story again and realized the writer said they couldn’t find the owner of that pair. I thought that was a bit odd and then realized the article asserted that there had only been one pair made by Apple. A prototype. And they know they sold on eBay some years ago. The kicker was the line “and no one knows who owns them.”

Yep, you guessed it. I emailed the writer informing her that I owned a pair and did buy them off eBay several years ago, but that my pair wasn’t the only ones. I’ve seen two other pair on eBay over the years. I also told her I don’t think Apple ever offered them for sale to the public, plus I’ve not found them being offered in any of their merchandise catalogs from the 80s and 90s.

Another theory I read is that these shoes were produced by Apple and given to employees which is why so few are still around. That makes sense.

The writer then changed the article removing the statement that ‘no one knows who owns them” and now credits yours truly as the owner. 🙂 And according to her article, the guy I bought my pair from was an Apple employee. Who knows.

What I do know is my pair has never been worn. They remain brand new, old Apple tennis shoes.


Happy Birthday Macintosh

Written By: Scott - Jan• 24•16

Mac is 32 today.