How much is my vintage Apple Computer / Macintosh worth?
A Retromatti Blog Series
Apple’s very first battery powered computer, the portable was a total failure when it was released in 1989. It was heavy, slow, expensive, and had no expansion capabilities. While voted one of the worst tech gadgets of all time, the Portable holds the title as the first computer to ever send an email from space.
Its overall collector’s value lies in its batteries. The original lead-based batteries are no longer made, and like a car battery, permanently fail if depleted completely due to inactivity or neglect. Units that still function today often have rebuilt batteries or have been modified to use lithium-ion batteries of the same voltage.
Complete System (w/ Rebuilt Batteries):
Mint Condition: Up to $1,000
Working Condition: Up to $700
Part Out Value: $500