An extremely rare and working Apple-1, the very first computer built by Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage, has popped up on eBay. It includes an even rarer Cassette board accessory, along with a clamshell case, a date-stamped keyboard, and a period Sony TV monitor.
This is an incredibly unique piece of Apple history. It’s thought to be one of only 63 Apple-1 computers still out there today, and it’s one of the very first machines ever built by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and friends with a “01-0022” serial number.
The machine has been serviced by computer historian Corey Cohen, and it’s fully operational. You can see the machine in action, running Microsoft BASIC, in Cohen’s YouTube video below.
Cohey calls this computer the Copson Apple-1, because it was purchased by Joey Copson and held by the Copson family for more than 36 years. He describes it as “an 8 out of 10,” and explains why it is so unique:
“Late in 2014, I was asked to bring the Copson Apple-1 setup back to working state. In the process of my evaluation, the Copson Apple-1 board was chemically stabilized and cleaned. I took extreme care to keep all the discrete components on the board original by performing some minor repairs instead of replacing components unnecessarily, maintaining it’s originality. The Copson Apple-1 has no cuts, repairs or modifications to the PCB board.
The Datanetics keyboard was completely refurbished, the original Apple Cassette Interface was refurbished and the original power supply made safe and operational.
The Copson Apple-1 is unique due to the futuristic custom plastic case that Joe Copson placed it in. The case appears oddly similar in design to what would be used later by the early Apple II. The distinctive jumper wiring also performed by Joe Copson when he later purchased the Apple Cassette Interface, can also be used to uniquely identify and confirm this is the Copson Apple-1 board from other early Byte Shop Apple-1s that also predate the Apple Cassette Interface’s availability.
Other Apple-1 machines have sold for as much as $905,000, and it seems this particular model is one of the earliest that has popped up in an auction to date. As a result, interested parties will have to pay a lot to get their hands on it.
The highest bid right now is $20,600, and the auction has 8 days left to run. New bids must be pre-approved, and 10% of the final sale price will go to the ALS Association.