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Collector's Guide to Personal Computers and Pocket Calculators Paperback – Jul 1993

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Great book for beginners, one of a kind in a new area 29 Nov. 2000
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This is the book that got me started. The book has pictures of the computer, a brief history, technical information for that computer, the listing price at the time it was introduced, and the current value for the machine. The author also added some interesting facts and trivia to each of the listings about that particular machine. Although slightly out of date, most definitely it is essential to the beginner.
A classic, now sadly dated 5 July 2006
By Jan Hernandez - Published on
Format: Paperback
Haddock's valuations were always a little suspect -- he would rank some very common hardware as more valuable than much rarer and more interesting competition that would, in reality, cost a collector a lot more. However, the book was written before the era of eBay, and I suspect he was guessing at a lot of the prices.

In the years since it was written, valuations have moved in surprising ways. Old Apple hardware has appreciated more than old Atari hardware, for example. CP/M machines don't seem to have done as well as others. Haddock, of course, reflects none of this.

The book is still valuable for its concise descriptions of old systems and peripherals, and for the photographs it provides. I know of nothing newer that's anywhere near as good. Perhaps somebody will produce a new edition of Haddock's guide some day.
Five Stars 19 April 2015
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good buy will use again
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