Now here’s an interesting article on an area I hadn’t even thought about – collecting old microprocessors. Apparently there is a collecting community looking for old chips, and given that most of them have been scrapped. melted down or sent to the junkyard, it’s something to consider. If there’s a collector, there’s a demand….
…and keep an eye out for any microprocessor from Rise Technology.
By Dean Takahashi
Mercury News Mon Sep 19
“David Pienknagura recently paid $350 for an Intel microprocessor, and he’s not even sure if it works. Whether he got a bargain depends on your perspective.
He bought the computer chip — the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor the company debuted in 1971 — on eBay from another collector.
…Prices on some recent 4004 chip auctions have ranged from $212 to $520. Each 4004 chip for sale on eBay generates about 15 bids, including some from Japan, South Korea, Germany, Australia and Britain.”