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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 13 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, Atari 520ST, Creativision, Apple II, Machintosh 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.

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.


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
  • Intel 486 DX/50 CPU
  • Intel 486 DX2/50 CPU
  • AMD 486 DX4/133 CPU
  • Roland SCC-1
  • Early Microsoft "green eye" mouse with controller card and steel track ball
  • Diamond Monster Voodoo 1 4MB 3Dfx graphics card
  • STB Systems Inc. Voodoo 3 3000 16MB AGP 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
  • Creative Labs Midi Blaster (external)
  • Genius Serial 3 button mouse in "floppy style" packing case (GM-6)
  • Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum 16 sound card
  • LS-120 drive

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


July 2018 trades / pickups

July started off well with a trip to the local charity shops that turned up a few game cd's and a Creative Labs branded Mitsumi keyboard. Most of this month has actually been spent curating some of the items added to this site. It's been a long road towards getting a portion of my collection catalogued and loaded but the effort was worth it and as for the PC games, I would guess it's about 60% done. During a trip to the far Westrand in the 2nd week of July I collected the following :

  • Anvil of Dawn
  • Cadaver
  • Crimson Sky
  • Lands of Lore
  • Chronicles of the Sword
  • Dragon Lore
  • Mechwarrior 2
  • King's Quest : Mask of Eternity (box only)

At the end of July I was lucky enough, that's to a fellow collector, to pick up a total of 18 news of which the bulk were Sierra ones. The list is as follows :

  • Hero's Quest
  • Quest for Glory 2
  • Quest for Glory 3
  • Kings Quest IV
  • Kings Quest VI
  • Space Quest IV
  • Space Quest V
  • Leisure Suit Larry 2
  • Leisure Suit Larry 3
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5
  • The Colonel's Bequest
  • Subwar 2050
  • Legend of Kyrandia : Book 1
  • Hand of Fate
  • Gunship 2000
  • Conquest of Camelot
  • Gabriel Knight
  • Codename : ICEMAN

This is the largest single haul of Sierra produced games that I have personaly taken in and although many of these have found a new home with a fellow collector there are a few that will remain to improve my own collection. Of the list above I was lucky enough to find some alternate media versions so even though the game box is identical the contents have either the 5.25" floppies or alternate 3.5" stiffy disks.

As always I hope that August is just as exciting a month and July has reminded me that there are many more boxed games out there in the wild.



NASCAR Racing 2
1996
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | CD-ROM | Windows 9x | Games | Racing Simulator
Sierra

Perfect Assassin
1997
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | CD-ROM | Windows 9x | 3rd Person | Games
Grolier Interactive

Origin FX Screen Saver
1993
IBM and Compatibles | 3.5" (1.44MB) diskette | Utility
Origin




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