Apple I Motherboard Fetches $375,000

Still pissed at your parents for trashing your vintage baseball card or comic book collection when you were a teen? Hey, it could worse. Imagine if they would have tossed a barrel of old Apple gear into the garbage bin. Apple nostalgia is apparently commanding premium prices these days, as evidenced by an Apple I motherboard and an old handwritten letter by Steve Jobs from back when he worked for Atari.

The working Apple I motherboard fetched $374,500 dollars from the highest bidder at auction house Sotheby's. It's a working piece of history that also includes a couple of user manuals, circuit diagrams, and warranty information (which we're sure is no longer valid). According to Apple Insider, only 200 Apple I computers were ever produced, and it's believed only half a dozen remain.

Unrelated to the Apple I motherboard, Sotheby's also auctioned off a partially handwritten letter by Steve Jobs for $27,500. The letter was written in 1974 and talks about Atari's World Cup soccer game.

Neat items, to be sure, and just goes to show that old tech gear, particularly those with historical significance, can bring in big bucks. Talk about vindication for pack rats!