Vintage Computer Collectibles
It might sound like an unreal hobby to you, but in fact it is fast emerging as a new and quite popular hobby amongst computer enthusiasts worldwide. The hobbyist's choice of vintage computer collectibles are mainly from the series of Acorn, Amstrad, Apple, Atari, Commodore, MSX, Schneider, Sharp, Sinclair, and Tandy. The IBM 5100; the BBC Micro and the Tandy/Radio Shack Model 100 are others, widely collected as vintage computer collectibles.
Vintage computer collection, as a hobby, might have started after 1960, when numerous technological revolutions left generations of obsolete computing equipment in the junk pile. But certain computer enthusiasts found that this junk could be restored to its full functioning glory, including active software development and could be adapted to modern uses. They started the trend of collecting obsolete computing equipment, and the earliest Apple computers were among the first vintage computer collectibles. Apple II series is also another favourite amongst collectors, because they are relatively easy to maintain in an operational state.
After Apple, Macintosh is one of the most coveted as vintage computer collectibles. So if you are a computer enthusiast, then background information about these old generation computers is a must. Since vintage computer collectibles as worthless if they do not run, knowledge about functioning of these machines is important. Live auction bidding, through web based platforms such as eBay is a good place to start your search. You might have to look for some software or hardware components to get it working again.
Putting up your requirements at forums and on blogs, describing what you're collecting and your specific projects, will also help you locate sellers who might have exactly what you are looking for. Before you decide on a particular item, make sure you have one particular category in mind, as all hardware parts are not usable for all categories, and once again extensive research is a must here. The highlight of vintage computer collecting is the Vintage Computer Festival, conducted every year in USA and Europe. Here you will not only receive up-to-date information, but will also get a chance to experience the technologies first hand, talk to experts, get leads and even make important contacts for future sale or purchase.
Apart from all this a membership in Vintage Computer Forum, a message board for the vintage computer community, will also help you learn a lot about vintage computer collectibles. There is an auction style market for vintage computing enthusiasts, Vintage Computer and Gaming Marketplace, which you can use as an alternative to the more generalized auction and sales sites.
If you have followed all the advice given here, then it will not be long before you have enviable collection of vintage computer collectibles.