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Re: I Found an "Elf II" at a Thift Store Yesterday

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  • agactual2
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I greatly appreciate it. This has honestly become a bit overwhelming that I had realized. I had no idea that this was such a
    Message 1 of 28 , May 19 9:22 AM
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      Thanks for the advice everyone. I greatly appreciate it. This has honestly become a bit overwhelming that I had realized. I had no idea that this was such a complicated, coveted item. I think I would be completely clueless I tried to go at this alone.

      --- In cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com, agactual2 <no_reply@...> wrote:
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      > I was at a thrift store last night and I stumbled upon something interesting. I am usually on the look out for old electronics but this is something that is way out of my league. I did a quick search on my phone and all I could really find is that it was in fact some kind of computer and that it was from the 1970's.I know often these 1970's computers are rare and valuable (and there was also a man there that seemed ready to swoop in an buy it if I put the thing back), so I decided to take the risk and buy it.
      >
      > For $10 I got this
      >
      > http://imgur.com/a/ZEQD6
      >
      >
      > I went over to reddit and asked about what it is. The best they could do was tell me that it was some kind of hobby computer from the late 1970's and that you fine folks might know exactly what I have here.
      >
      > So, can you tell me more?
      >
    • Richard
      Congratulations. It is a great find and I hope it works. If not - give it a try to repair it. I have the same computer standing here. It was my first computer
      Message 2 of 28 , May 21 11:49 AM
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        Congratulations. It is a great find and I hope it works. If not - give it a try to repair it. I have the same computer standing here. It was my first computer and survived 35 years and still works. And I would not sell it, no matter how much someone would pay.

        --- In cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com, agactual2 <no_reply@...> wrote:
        >
        > Thanks for the advice everyone. I greatly appreciate it. This has honestly become a bit overwhelming that I had realized. I had no idea that this was such a complicated, coveted item. I think I would be completely clueless I tried to go at this alone.
        >
        > --- In cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com, agactual2 <no_reply@> wrote:
        > >
        > > I was at a thrift store last night and I stumbled upon something interesting. I am usually on the look out for old electronics but this is something that is way out of my league. I did a quick search on my phone and all I could really find is that it was in fact some kind of computer and that it was from the 1970's.I know often these 1970's computers are rare and valuable (and there was also a man there that seemed ready to swoop in an buy it if I put the thing back), so I decided to take the risk and buy it.
        > >
        > > For $10 I got this
        > >
        > > http://imgur.com/a/ZEQD6
        > >
        > >
        > > I went over to reddit and asked about what it is. The best they could do was tell me that it was some kind of hobby computer from the late 1970's and that you fine folks might know exactly what I have here.
        > >
        > > So, can you tell me more?
        > >
        >
      • Andrew Wasson
        I had one more thought about listing this on Ebay and that is to make sure that you have the term COSMAC in the title of your auction as it is a well
        Message 3 of 28 , May 22 8:23 AM
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          I had one more thought about listing this on Ebay and that is to make sure that you have the term "COSMAC" in the title of your auction as it is a well connected term with the type of system you have and I'm sure will pique the interest of collectors and enthusiasts. 

          Taking Paul's advice below, I would title the auction: Netronics R&D "COSMAC" ELFII

          Then I'd put in the description that Paul suggested below.

          Cheers,
          Andrew




          On 2013-05-19, at 1:42 AM, Paul Backhouse <paul@...> wrote:

           

          That’s sound advice from Andrew.    I think you may find there is worldwide interest.   It may be worth weighing the item and getting an estimated cost for air freight to Europe for example.   Even if cost of carriage is relatively high, you can give this estimate as part of the auction - I do not think specialist bidders will be put off for an item of this rarity.

           

          FWIW…

          a few more thoughts on your additional photos –

          *Looking from the back, the ASCii keyboard seems to have the additional 64-character-wide “Fastvid” board installed – another bonus

          *The motherboard may just need reseating onto its mounting posts by tightening the retaining bolts finger tight on their threads making sure that are not in contact with any PCB traces.

          *The wiring connectors at the back are non-standard additions – one looks to be a connector for the ASCii keyboard.

           

          You have an untested “Netronics R&D ELFII” complete with

          Original metal cases

          ASCii keyboard

          “Giant” Board

          Full Basic/Arithmetic Board

          2 x 4K RAM Board.

           

          Note that the ASCii keyboard is not essential to getting the ELFII up and running.

           

           

          From: cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrew Wasson
          Sent: 19 May 2013 06:26
          To: cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [cosmacelf] Re: I Found an "Elf II" at a Thift Store Yesterday

           

           

          If you're not into stuff like this I think you'll get your best return by selling it on EBay.

           

          Advertise it as is, untested with as many detailed photos as possible. 

           

          Do not give it a high opening bid, the best auctions start out really low (like $99) and end up many times that. You have a Netronics ELF II. There are very few still around and enthusiasts know this and will bid accordingly. You'll probably get a few bidders asking for a buy now price or asking you to close the auction early. Don't do it. I've never seen an ELF II close without astronomic bidding, they are probably the holy grail of the 1802 Cosmac ELF lineup. I think you will do quite well.

           

          Good luck!

           

          Andrew

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          On 2013-05-18, at 9:41 PM, agactual2 <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



           

          It is really tough to tell what I should do with it. The best option does seem to be to sell it, since honestly I am not into stuff like this. But of course it is hard to tell if anything is missing, what it is worth, where to sell it, and how to ship it without it getting destroyed.

          --- In cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com, agactual2 <no_reply@...> wrote:
          >
          > I was at a thrift store last night and I stumbled upon something interesting. I am usually on the look out for old electronics but this is something that is way out of my league. I did a quick search on my phone and all I could really find is that it was in fact some kind of computer and that it was from the 1970's.I know often these 1970's computers are rare and valuable (and there was also a man there that seemed ready to swoop in an buy it if I put the thing back), so I decided to take the risk and buy it.
          >
          > For $10 I got this
          >
          > http://imgur.com/a/ZEQD6
          >
          >
          > I went over to reddit and asked about what it is. The best they could do was tell me that it was some kind of hobby computer from the late 1970's and that you fine folks might know exactly what I have here.
          >
          > So, can you tell me more?
          >

           


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        • Paul Backhouse
          Good suggestion from Andrew. I have a standing eBay search for COSMAC to flag new listings. The extent of any other advice really depends on whether you
          Message 4 of 28 , May 22 9:09 AM
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            Good suggestion from Andrew.   I have a standing eBay search for “COSMAC” to flag new listings.  

             

            The extent of any other advice really depends on whether you are a seasoned “eBayer”.    Definitely include the words  “RCA 1802” in any sub-title and in the item description.   Possibly consider whether you want to put a reserve on the auction price, or just let the item find its own level from a relatively low “come-and-bid-for-me” starting price.    I’d do the latter and I think that is what Andrew has already suggested.  Reserves reduce the risk of the item not taking off, but can put some bidders off when they don’t know the hidden threshold.

             

             

            From: cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrew Wasson
            Sent: 22 May 2013 16:24
            To: cosmacelf@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [cosmacelf] I Found an "Elf II" at a Thift Store Yesterday

             

             

            I had one more thought about listing this on Ebay and that is to make sure that you have the term "COSMAC" in the title of your auction as it is a well connected term with the type of system you have and I'm sure will pique the interest of collectors and enthusiasts. 

             

            Taking Paul's advice below, I would title the auction: Netronics R&D "COSMAC" ELFII

             

            Then I'd put in the description that Paul suggested below.

             

            Cheers,

            Andrew

             

             

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