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Extremely Rare Celebration Apple-1 Computer

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The computer that sparked the revolution in home computing!  This is the most unique, and quite possibly the first, Apple-1 ever created.

The "Celebration" Apple-1 is an original Apple-1 pre-NTI board that has many unique features, period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board (also populated with Robinson Nugent sockets), early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards. 

The "Celebration" Apple-1 is extremely rare not only because of the scarcity of Apple-1 computers, but according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, no known PCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.

The "Celebration" Apple-1 was authenticated by Apple Expert and Historian, Corey Cohen.  Mr. Cohen believes The “Celebration” Apple-1 has the potential to be “powered up” with minor restoration, but has recommended against it to maintain the board’s unique configuration.

The Apple-1 Computer is considered the origin of the personal computer revolution and was built in Steve Jobs' parents' home on Crist Drive in Los Altos, CA.  200 were hand-built by Steve Wozniak, but it is believed that less than 60 are still in existence. 

The Apple-1 board is a not just a piece of history, but a piece of art.

“Celebration” Apple-1 Items Included in Set

  • Apple-1 Computer, copyright dated 1976 [15.5" X 9"], from the first of the two runs of printed circuit boards
  • Apple-1 4K Byte RAM Expansion Memory (total of 8K)
  • Apple-1 Cassette Interface Daughter Board [4" X 2"]
  • Apple-1 BASIC Program Cassette Tape [4" X 2.5"]
  • Apple-1 Star Trek and Blackjack Program Cassette Tape [4" X 2.5"]
  • All original manuals and fliers including:
    • Original Apple-1 Operation Manual with Schematics dated 3-10-76 and Warranty [8.5" X 11"]
    • Original Preliminary Apple BASIC User’s Manual, dated October 1976 [8.5" X 11"]
    • Original Apple-1 Cassette Interface Manual [8.5" X 5.5"]
    • Original two-sided promotional flier on glossy magazine style paper introducing the Apple-1 Computer, described as, “…the first low cost microcomputer system…" [8.5" X 11"]
    • Schematics on Archival Paper (These are the same as schematics as what appear in the Apple-1 Manual, but on white non-yellowed archival paper. They have been lightly folded, but otherwise are in pristine condition):
      • Apple-1 Processor Section schematic on archival paper, non-yellowed [17" X 11"]
      • Apple-1 Terminal Section schematic on archival paper, non-yellowed [17" X 11"]
      • Apple-1 Cassette Interface Section schematic on archival paper, non-yellowed Original Cassette Interface [17" X 11"]
  • Sales receipt from previous owner to current owner
  • Notarized condition summary report for "Celebration" Apple-1 board by Corey Cohen (31 page written and photo authentication documentation of the system)
  • Video record of Corey performing the authentication and evaluation of the “Celebration” Apple-1
  • Professional detailed images of the “Celebration” Apple-1


  • Original owner thought to be an early Apple employee
  • Acquired by previous owner in 1977
  • Acquired by current owner on January 8, 2000 (Sales receipt included)

Authenticity and Uniqueness:

  • The physical PCB board is consistent with the first run of 100 original Apple-1 boards (pre-NTI).  It contains the correct watermarks, finish, thickness, and flexibility.  The board also has the correct patterning of solder expansion due to the wave soldering of PCBs produced in 1976.  The board solder mask and PCB trace patterns are also consistent with an original Apple-1 board.  Most of the discrete components are not consistent with other known Apple-1 boards, but are period correct and appear to be originally installed on this board and not replacements.  At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two production runs.
  • Aspects of the Celebration Apple-1 board give reason to believe it was an experimental board. 
  • Steve Wozniak has said that he used "one or two boards" to work out issues before boards went into production and that they hand-soldered a few components onto that board or boards, before they were wave-soldered which is what appears to have happened with the Celebration Apple-1. 
  • The heatsink on this board is smaller than all the other Apple-1s.  There is evidence that this board was overheating, so that may be why the heatsink was larger when it went into production.
  • The Celebration Apple-1 has the more expensive Robinson Nugent sockets, but the production runs used the less expensive sockets. Additionally, the Celebration Apple-1 has a larger crystal and a variable capacitor, rather than the fixed one used in the production run.  Steve Job's is known to have wanted to keep the cost down again leading us to believe this could be a porotype used to test the configurations of the Apple-1 before they went into the production run.
  • The unique features include the apparent prototyping of variable memory timing, different on-board power supply components and better quality IC sockets.

All other Apple-1 BASIC Program Cassettes have a different Apple label with printed instructions.  The “Celebration” Apple-1 BASIC Program Cassette have been created and labeled by Daniel Kottke, an early Apple employee.  Mr. Kottke is well known as a travel companion for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during the early 1970’s and was Apple full-time employee #12.  On the cassette Mr. Kottke wrote: "Good Luck" in addition to the instructions on how to load basic on the Apple-1. The last two images above show Kottke with the Apple-1 board and cassette while on view at the Vintage Computer Festival August 6 -7, 2016 in Mountain View, CA. 

The archival paper used in schematics is typically only used by manufacturers and leads us to believe it was printed by an Apple employee.

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Additional lot details
  • Sold as is.
  • Excellent condition, has been securely stored for over 20 years and has not been powered on recently. 
  • Included is the notarized 36 page Condition Summary Report for the "Celebration" Apple-1 board by Corey Cohen.  The Condition Summary Report offers more details about the “Celebration” Apple-1’s unique features and condition and can be provided to qualified buyers. Please contact to request a copy of the Condition Summary Report. 
  • Subject to sales tax on winning bid amount and on the shipping charge if shipped to CA, MA, NY or OH. The percentage value of tax charged will vary based on the applicable city in CA, MA, NY or OH, as determined by your shipping address on file. According to the respective state laws, Charitybuzz will automatically use your billing address as a destination if no shipping address is specified in your account. In this case, sales tax will be charged based on the address where your credit card is registered.
  • Payment must be in the form of wire transfer or certified bank check and received within 5 business days of the close of the auction.
  • Cannot be returned or exchanged.
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