Top 10 Collectable Retro Computers

Top 10 Collectable Retro Computers

This is my video on the Top Ten Collectable Computers that you can afford right now. If you want to get into collecting retro computers, then this is a must see video.

Collecting vintage computers is a fantastic and rewarding hobby and there is a huge cult following and amazing resources available.

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46 Comments

  1. Mary Marshall on December 30, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Great video .The first computer I got for was was a VZ200 with cassette recorder wish i still had it

  2. MatrixExplorer on December 30, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Can’t Believe that the Amiga 1000 isn’t on the list or maybe they’re not affordable anymore. I bet "Jay Glenn Miner" ( Father of the Amiga) is turning in his Grave ….๐Ÿ˜ข but very interesting all the same…..

  3. StripeLightShow on December 30, 2022 at 1:49 am

    First!

  4. Ice Kitty on December 30, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Enterprise 64/128 great story to its failure.

  5. TEch WIse 2203 on December 30, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Nice vid

  6. Deathstrike on December 30, 2022 at 1:53 am

    I own an Apple IIc and honestly? It is an excellent classic computer that is well worth it!! The only real problems you might encounter is that crappy "oxidizing" of the case and keys. There are techniques to address it all over the net. The next is the internal floppy drive. It is sadly a pain to work on, but many common drive belts and other parts do exist. And you can also hook up an external floppy or even an SD adapter if you really don’t want to mess with it. Finally if you are hung on the matching monitor, they are VERY hard to find as not many wanted it. I got a broken one I’m considering taking out the CRT and fitting a color flatscreen in the case. Highly recommended for a collectible.

  7. Bryndal Dwyre on December 30, 2022 at 1:54 am

    The Dick Smith Wizzard was my first computer and it was awesome!. I had the Cassette tape and the rubber membrane keyboard and a few games plus the basic cart. I didn’t have an Apple //c but I did have the Laser 128 and worked my bum off to get it along with a 1200 baud netcomm modem. Never had any issues with Apple software and games working on it either. It was my third computer as the Dick Smith Cat was my second. I really miss my Laser 128. It was an awesome little machine.

  8. Gonzo on December 30, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Hello, hope you are doing well out there, over here in England it is a s**T show.

  9. Nickolas Gaspar on December 30, 2022 at 1:55 am

    From the aspect of rarity, sure, from the aspect of importance…a top ten list without any of Jay Miner’s machines lacks historical value.

  10. Ak Freed on December 30, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Even more rare is the ATARI FALCON 1040 ST . It’s the best and last upgrade of the ST line . It’s the first personal computer with a CD quality digital sound chip .

  11. Uni-Byte on December 30, 2022 at 1:56 am

    The likelihood of getting a Dick Smith outside of Oz is limited. Expect to pay another $100 shipping to NA.

    I think your list is pretty good. I have the TI-99/4A and the Apple IIC, both which I bought last year and both I got for a fraction of what your estimates were, but I realize I got lucky on both of them. Especially the TI which I got for $25. I would like to have seen a Tandy/Radio Shack item in there. A COCO of some sort would fit right in with your range, are very capable machines, and can still be had for reasonable prices.

  12. Quaalude Charlie on December 30, 2022 at 1:56 am

    There are so many others to pick from , You are Down Under so I Can Say it is a Great Top 10 List , Here in the States we Have a Wider selection also , There are Osborne Ones in Our Second Hand Shops . We Lack a Lot of Dragon and Zed from the UK , But we Have Tandy , Vic 20 , Commodore 64 etc , It’s nice to be in America ๐Ÿ™‚ QC

  13. Caramello Koala on December 30, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Dragon 32 for the gold

  14. Garry Grierson on December 30, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Very American…
    You will have some Brits in hysterics and some enraged by lumping the ZX 80, ZX81, and ZX Spectrum all in as one lot ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If you are going for affordability, there are cheaper things, and if you are going for maximum future price hikes, there are better things. So by default this is a decent ‘middle list’ for starting. No Commodore 64 though!? I expected that to be number one.

  15. MCGR on December 30, 2022 at 2:00 am

    lmao 100/300 for a ti99/4a is not right, these cost like 20-30 dollars

  16. bjbell52 on December 30, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Something to mention about the Atari ST. If you get one with a monochrome monitor you can turn it into an Apple Macintosh by using a cartridge and a small program. I did it with mine.

  17. vanhetgoor on December 30, 2022 at 2:02 am

    I have only two computers from your list. Well, sort of: I have the Schneider CPC464 and the Vtech Laser 300, both are just other names on the same computers.

  18. ctrl-alt-rees on December 30, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Great selection of machines and totally agreed with your choice for number 1 despite the fact I don’t own one!

  19. OzRetrocomp on December 30, 2022 at 2:02 am

    A solid list … but please don’t talk the prices up so much! I’ve only got two of those in my collection so far. ๐Ÿ˜

  20. jm131719 on December 30, 2022 at 2:03 am

    IMHO: You missed the Commodore SX-64. A 10 kg "laptop"…

  21. PS2 Channel on December 30, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Agree that Win9x laptops are becoming sought after. I am also a big IBM fan and have a number of ThinkPads. Just an additional point to mention is that IBM driver support was second to none and because they sold a lot to companies who were often saddled with outdated software, even some machines that weren’t preloaded with Win98 have fully supported drivers to install it. Machines from early 2000s up to the T42 (despite being preloaded with WinXP) runs Win98 with full support (audio, video and even WiFi!) and they are still cheap and available. A real top tip at the moment….

  22. Dana Rosenthal on December 30, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Tbh my dream computer isn’t even on this list…

    Which is awesome because I don’t need people getting any ideas of getting it before *I* do muahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa

  23. proxxima038 on December 30, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Fun to see that other people are collecting the stuff which I don’t collect. I had several of the machines from the list, but kept none of them. Sometimes these are just fun to have for a while, but then I’m happy to give it to someone else to have fun with it… Can’t keep them all…

  24. luca ciccotelli on December 30, 2022 at 2:06 am

    only a few years ago I discovered the existence of the "Sam Coupรจ" (it a sort of "super" zx spectrum), it is really a rare piece of hardware that I would like to have

  25. Jay Vaughan on December 30, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Oric Atmos!

  26. Brandon G. on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    I loved the old keyboards with the graphic characters mapped on ther keyboard, even non-programmers like me could make pretty pictures on the screeN

  27. jimfreakindandy on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Not sure where you’re looking for the 520st, but they can found on ebay for under ยฃ100 in the uk

  28. r w on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    I had a TI-99/4A before flogging it off for the discounted C64 in early 90s. Their expansion drive/box was expensive but they were selling them for around $100 or so in late 1980s the killer app for the 4A was Parsec!

  29. Umlaut on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    5:37 I have One, but the b key doesn’t work

  30. Mr. Ed on December 30, 2022 at 2:12 am

    TRS-80 Model 1 would be my choice for #1 Mainly cause I am not a big fan of Apple products.

  31. Grim on December 30, 2022 at 2:12 am

    You subbed to me so I wanted to say thanks.

  32. r w on December 30, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Come on man what about the MicroBee thats got to be up there – its also an Aussie one.

  33. Zeta Convex on December 30, 2022 at 2:15 am

    No Amiga? I was convinced you were going to put it number 1.

  34. Ingens_Scherz on December 30, 2022 at 2:17 am

    I still have my 1988 A500. It’s in the attic (I think).
    My A1200, however, which I bought new when launched in 1992, and used for all my university coursework, was stolen out of the back of my car in London in 1995 (I’d left it in there in its box because I’d moved to PCs by then – because I’m a traitor. And stupid).
    I was much more apoplectic about losing the computer – and all that work on the hard drive (which was not backed-up, naturally) – than the smashed window of my lovely 1984 Peugeot 205.
    If I ever catch the little fucker who stole it, I’ll…
    No, I won’t "get over it and move on". Never!

  35. Arfan Medni on December 30, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Z88 unofficial zx Sinclair, made by Clive Sinclair?
    Apple II GS?
    Also Steve Jobs Next computers???

  36. DAMIEN S on December 30, 2022 at 2:22 am

    The AMSTRAD CPC doesn’t have a large software collection or cult following?!? hahahaha!! Its THE most supported retro platform after the AMIGA and Commodore 64 with hardware and software still made! Even more than the crappy speccy. And the 664 is more rare than pink unicorns fetching 600-1000 euros in auctions! Australian n00b…….

  37. Erik L on December 30, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Commodore 64C or 64G

  38. Chicken Perm on December 30, 2022 at 2:26 am

    The real #1 is billbaud’s computer!

  39. RedlineChaser on December 30, 2022 at 2:27 am

    I just bought a Commodore 64. Too awesome for this list?

  40. Jason Oakley on December 30, 2022 at 2:33 am

    YEAH! VZ200! I still write games for it these days ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. cessnaace on December 30, 2022 at 2:39 am

    I used to have an IBM 5150 and an Apple III. My Apple III had been expanded to 512 KB of RAM. Over $7,000 in early 80s money. I also had an additional double-density floppy drive. Sadly it suffered water damage several years later and so I threw it out. I’d probably be highly collectable now. The only retro computer that I still own is a Commodore 64 (with original box) w/two floppy disk drives, a 1541 and a 1541-II. I also have the color CRT monitor for it. I still need a Datasette (cassette tape) drive though.

  42. Sebastian Smith on December 30, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Oi, the BBC model B by acorn.

  43. Jonsson on December 30, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Coming from Scandinavia we actually, for a period in the early 80s, had some Australian computers in school. Both the Microbee 32 and the 128. Those together with the ABC 80 and ABC 800 are on my top list.

  44. ZX Spectrum 128K on December 30, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Sam coupรฉ?

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