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A South African collection of retro, classic and vintage computers, games, software, books and occasional game console.

This is my vintage / retro computer and games collection and has been keeping me fascinated for the past 14 years. The collection covers systems from various manufacturers over a period of more than 35 years and ranges from machines, consoles, games, software, magazines and books to just about any other retro or vintage computing related items. 

My primary area of focus is IBM and IBM Compatible machines starting from the 8088 up to the early Pentium II systems (last of the DOS days) but the Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, Creativision, Apple II, Macintosh and Sinclair ZX Spectrum also make an appearance as many of the games from the IBM DOS days also appeared on these systems and it's awesome to see how the versions differ over the various platforms. Some of the systems in my collection represent machines that family or friends owned and as such contributed towards my computing interests.

I was never into the console game scene when I was younger and only really got interested in it later in life with the Sony PS2 so for me IBM PC systems from the DOS era with a sprinkle of Windows 9x have the most prominent place in my collection.

On occasion some of the computers in my collection have been used in television adverts, miniseries and film productions.

If you don't see items for a specific system on the website it may mean that I have not had time to capture them or it's something that I don't have in the collection.

November 2019 trades and pickups

November was a slower month than usual but still provided a few interesting items. The most impressive was the Creative Labs CT-1300B or Creative Game Blaster card from a fellow vintage enthusiast. The card is missing the volume knob but thanks to another project, the Snark Barker, there is hopefully a 3D printable replacement. I still need to test the card but overall the condition is good. This card will most likely to up a place in either an IBM 5150 or IBM PS/2 system 30-286 machine.

Hardware items I am on the lookout for ...

As with any collection there are always items that the collector is on the look out for. In my case this would be the following ...

  • IBM 5154 EGA monitor
  • IBM 5161 Expansion Chassis and related cards
  • IBM 5140 Convertable PC
  • IBM 5170
  • IBM 5162 XT 286
  • IBM PCjr
  • IBM Graphics Printer plexiglass stand
  • Any other IBM machines prior to the Pentium II models.
  • IBM 4865 external 3 1/2" drive
  • IBM 4869 external 5 1/4" drive
  • Intel 486 DX/50 CPU
  • Intel 486 DX2/50 CPU
  • Intel 486 Overdrive 66Mhz CPU
  • Intel 486 DX4/75 CPU
  • AMD 486 DX4/133 CPU
  • AMD 486 DX2/120 CPU
  • Intel Pentium III 600Mhz CPU (Slot)
  • Intel Pentium 150Mhz
  • Cyrix Cx486 66MHz CPU (with green heatsink)
  • Intel Pentium 60Mhz or 66Mhz CPU
  • Intel 386 DX 20/25 CPU
  • Cyrix 486SLC-33 motherboard with surface mounted chip (QFP)
  • AST Six Pack card
  • Roland SCC-1
  • Sound Blaster 1.0 (8 bit)
  • Sound Blaster 1.5 (8 bit)
  • Early Microsoft "green eye" mouse with controller card and steel track ball
  • Microsoft 'BUS' / In-port mouse and card
  • Genius Net Mouse
  • Diamond Monster Voodoo 1 4MB 3Dfx graphics card
  • TSeng ET4000W32 VL-BUS graphics card
  • An original Creative Labs Sound Blaster Pro retail box ("black box") - Just the box and contents no sound card required.
  • Diamond Stealth 64 Vision 968 PCI 4MB VRAM graphics card
  • S3 868 chipset based PCI graphics card
  • Creative Labs Midi Blaster (external)
  • Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum 16 sound card
  • LS-120 drive
  • Windows Sound System card
  • Texas Instruments TI-1100 calculator in beige case
  • CAF XT clone computer with keyboard and monitor branded the same.
  • Panda XT clone computer with keyboard and monitor branded the same.
  • Burroughs B20
  • Desktop 9 Track Tape Drive Unit (any brand)
  • Phillips 14C 14" Monitor

I am also always on the look out for IBM PC software and games. A more complete list can be viewed here.

WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 3.5" (1.44MB) diskette | Boxed | Strategy | Games
Blizzard Entertainment

Toshiba 3100/20
IBM and Compatibles | Laptop

Creative Labs CT-1300B
IBM and Compatibles | Sound Card
Creative Labs

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