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I'm a total Apple addict, as you might tell.

My Ever-Growing Vintage OS Collection

I’m really starting to dig the collections-within-collections here.

When I first started out collecting, I basically wanted a 128K, 512K, Mac Plus, and an SE. In the process of collecting those, I pretty much wanted everything and anything I could get my hands on. And while that’s still kinda true, I’m starting to focus mini collections like Mac-like things, (QuickTake cameras, Newtons) Airport Base Stations, iPods, posters, and now, Apple branded software and Operating Systems.

I hit the mother-load with this $30 lot. $5 bucks a piece? Garage sale prices!

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Wow, that’s 2 AppleWorks! You know what they say: Two’s a coincidence. Three’s a collection! Almost there!

System 7.5

Prior to scoring this lot, I had already picked up a copy of 7.5 to put on my Color Classic. I was hoping it was 7.5.5, but the eBay selling didn’t post that so I crossed my fingers. It turned out to be 7.5.3.

The box was a little beat up, but that’s OK

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The MacLink and AOL disk were missing, but it still came with the Internet Connection Kit, which is pretty cool.

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The 7.5 box that came with the lot looked a little different than the one I already had. It turned out to be 7.5.0. As a nice bonus, it came with a cool eWorld pamphlet and CD-ROM.

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System 7.6

This one is in pretty nice shape. Too bad it’s missing the MacLink and AOL disks.

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System 8.0

Very nice to finally get my hands on OS 8. The iMac that I scored had OS 8.6 installed. However, the installation was corrupt and it didn’t boot. I jumped right to OS 9 since I didn’t have an OS 8 disk. So I’ve never really had the chance to tinker with OS 8.

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System 8.5

Ooooh! QuickTime 3 Pro! For free!

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OS X 10.1

I also just scored 2 unopened OS X 10.1 upgrades. I’m amazed at how cheap these were. One got kind of banged up in the mail, so I opened it. I couldn't resist. At $8.95 each, I was going to keep one sealed and open one anyway. So I guess it worked out.

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Sweet how it came with an OS 9 upgrade too. I think that extra “Welcome to Mac OS X” book is going to end up in a frame. It looks pretty cool.

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Pretty sweet to see OS X from the early days. I should throw that on my iMac. It kind of runs like a dog with 10.2.

I’d love to get my hands on the Public Beta as well as the 10.0 retail box, but those are getting really hard to find nowadays. Patience.