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Old 04-04-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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My wife's uncle passed away last month so we are in the process of cleaning out his house and sheds (farmer). He and his wife never had kids so he considered my wife and her siblings his kids.



On a shelf in his back room of his office was a brand new, in the box and still plastic wrapped Apple Lisa II computer.



I'm guessing it has to be from the mid 80's. Now this isn't unusual, my lawn mower came from him, he gave it to me last year. A brand new 1988 model toro. That's why he had sheds, to store his stuff in.



I have no idea what this thing is worth but I know we won't be removing the plastic.


Any ideas?
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I checked eBay and see some open auctions for one's that work going for around $1,000 with time left to bid. So I'd say an unopened one could get a few thousand. List it on eBay with a reserve price maybe.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Was this storage shed climate-controlled? Is it possible temperature-related issues could have had a negative effect if the shed was both too hot and too cold repeatedly for many years?

There are quite a few computer museums. Perhaps one of them would give you a valuation. I believe the most famous one is the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
http://www.computerhistory.org/

But there are several smaller ones that might be more amenable to inquiries from the general public or might be located near you. If you don't know yet if this works (but I would agree it's value to a collector is improved by the fact it was never removed from the original packaging, so you probably don't want to find out) maybe it would have more value to you if you donated it to someplace that would give you a tax deduction for it. Just Google "computer museum" to find some of the other ones. Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Providence, Bozeman, etc., etc.

Perhaps you've already found this link: http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/lisa/

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Interesting read:
How Much is Your Old Mac Worth? Your Vintage Apple Computer Market Guide.
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