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    Default Most Collectible Microcomputers of All Time

    I'm sure this must have been covered here before.. but closest I could find with a search is 'vintage computer price guide'.

    I would like to formulate a list based strictly on the criterion of where serious and not so serious collectors converge. I'm not sure price is a reliable measurement here. Just for curiosity, to learn of any machines I wasn't aware of already, etc. Here is the beginnings of my list (feel free to disagree), off the top of my head:

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    1) Apple I
    2) Kenbak-1
    3) MICRAL
    4) MCM/70
    5) SCELBI 8h/8b
    6) Apple Lisa 1
    7) Mark-8
    Sphere
    9) Compucolor I
    10) Compucolor II
    11) Commodore 65
    12) Altair 8800
    13) Apple II Rev
    14) Intellec 4
    15) Commodore P500
    16) IMSAI 8080
    17) APF Pecos One
    1 APF Imagination Machine
    19) SOL 20
    20) Apple Lisa 2
    21) Original COSMAC ELF
    22) SWTPC 6800
    23) MOS KIM-1
    24) Commdore Educator 64/PET 64
    25) Jupiter Ace
    26) Sinclair ZX80
    27) Macintosh 128K
    2 Commodore B128
    29) Commodore Amiga 1000
    30) Mindset
    31) Commodore PET 2001
    32) Commodore 128D
    33) Apple IIc
    34) COSMAC VIP
    35) Apple ///
    36) Sinclair QL
    37) Commodore 64
    3 Commodore VIC-20
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    Don't forget the Sol-20 and Apple Lisa 1(twiggy)

    special mention for the Mac 128k (first version not marked 128k) and the early IBM PC.

    Now personally I'd want to put a Straight-8 PDP in there, but people will argue it's a minicomputer.

    Now if we moved out of the stratosphere... how can you forget the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX80

    and everyone must own a PCjr with chicklet keyboard... okay may not on that one, but I love mine.

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    No IMSAI?

    Apple /// (I'll always have wanted one, probably never buy one).

    Colour PET.

    Amiga 3000T.

    Commodore 65.
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    Personally, if I collected these things, I'd love to have an MCM-70 in my collection. Got to be one of the rarest and earliest microcomputers.

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    I always seem to forget about the Imsai

    Maybe that's why I don't own one....

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    Don't forget the Intellec 4 and Intellec 4/40.

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    What was the name of the x86 compatible of the mid 1980s that was designed by some Amiga folks, used a hardware graphics accelerator (blitter, maybe some primitives) and took cartridges? M-something? I would imagine that is quite collectible since it didn't sell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    What was the name of the x86 compatible of the mid 1980s that was designed by some Amiga folks, used a hardware graphics accelerator (blitter, maybe some primitives) and took cartridges? M-something? I would imagine that is quite collectible since it didn't sell.
    The Mindset. I just bought one of those.

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    ZX80
    Sinclair QL
    Aquarius
    COMX35 (with the famous 1802 CPU)
    Atari 400

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    IBM SCAMP prototype portable (a one-off, so not 'collectible' in this sense - the Smithsonian has it)
    Sphere
    Poly 88
    Compucolor I or II for its beautifully coloured keys and unique optical key sensing
    Grid Compass 1101
    Definately agree on the MCM-70 and IMSAI
    Olivetti Programma 101 (more a programmable calculator)

    Not sure how the Straight 8 and DECSYSTEM-20 fit into the microcomputer requirement, otherwise I would mention a System 360

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