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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, 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.

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.

December 2018 trades / pickups

December started off with a local get together of people who also have similar old computing interests and this resulted in some nice pickups which are listed, as usual, at the end of this post. Every month of 2018 I have managed to keep a small blog post to remind myself just how much the collection has grown and what has attracted my interest enough for it to find a home here. The blogs have given me to opportunity to look back and appreciated the fact that everything comes around at some point and this in itself adds a certain amount of sanity and perspective to a hobby that is slowly starting to become more expensive as the years go by. With an increasing interest in old computing related stuff price increases are inevitable, as the demand for a taste of nostalgia takes hold, so it's good to reflect on where your collection is going and what you want to get out of your efforts.

The list below is some of the items that found there way into the collection :

  • Boxed IBM PS/2 Mouse (thanks Tony)
  • Creative Labs Infra 52x
  • Creative Labs Infra CD with remote
  • Various desktop and tower cases
  • STB 3Dfx Voodoo 3 3000 card (thanks Michael)
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Kings Quest VII
  • Kings Quest Collectors Edition
  • Heart of China (EGA)
  • Emperor: Battle for Dune
  • Last Dynasty
  • Assortment of loose DOS game CDs

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
  • Intel 486 DX4/75 CPU
  • AMD 486 DX4/133 CPU
  • AMD 486 DX2/120 CPU
  • Cyrix Cx486 66MHz CPU (with green headsink)
  • Intel Pentium 60Mhz or 66Mhz CPU
  • Intel 386 DX 20/25 CPU
  • Cyrix 486SLC-33 motherboard with surface mounted chip (QFP)
  • Roland SCC-1
  • Early Microsoft "green eye" mouse with controller card and steel track ball
  • 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
  • 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

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

Forgotten Realms : Dungeon Hack
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | CD-ROM | Slash | RPG | Games | CD Only
Strategic Simulations Inc.

TeraNova : Strike Force Centauri
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | CD-ROM | Simulation | Games | CD Only
Looking Glass Studios, Inc. Virgin Interactive Entertainment |

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

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