- Some old tech products have gone on to become valuable collector’s items.
- Products like an original iPhone and an exercise bike that played Nintendo games are now worth thousands of dollars.
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Although a lot of old tech products wind up in the dustbin of history, a few of them go on to become valuable collector’s items.
And as it turns out, some of the old tech products in your attic might be able to fetch you a pretty penny.
We found six vintage tech products that are worth way more than their original asking price today, from the first Apple computer to a Nintendo-backed exercise bike you could play video games on.
Here are six of the most valuable vintage tech products today.
Texas Instruments Speak & Spell: $50 to $100
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A product of the 1970s, and reimagined as "Mr. Spell" in Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, this child’s toy was designed to help children learn to spell. The toy featured an early voice synthesizer and would quiz children on the spelling of words.
According to TechRadar, Speak & Spells can fetch anywhere between $50 and $100 on eBay (depending on its condition). While not a gold mine, it might be enough cash to give your family attic another once over for.
Sony TPS-L2 Walkman: $300 to $700
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We’re all pretty accustomed to streaming music directly to our phones, but not so long ago listening to music was a very different experience.
Before streaming there were MP3 players, and before those there were CD players, but even before that, there were cassette tapes.
This Walkman was originally released in 1979 and, according to TechRadar, has seen a new surge in popularity thanks to their film depiction in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films. Money Inc writes that in recent years these Sony Walkmans have seen bids on eBay between $300 and $700.
Exertainment exercise bike and Nintendo games: $1,899 to $2,683
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Before there were AR and VR video games, developers tried low-tech approaches to create an immersive experience for players.
In the early 1990s, Life Fitness debuted its Exertainment exercise bike through a partnership with Nintendo. Gamers could play two games specially made for the exercise equipment: "Mountain Bike Rally" and "Speed Racer."
Today, the equipment and copies of the games are nearly impossible to find. According to Kotaku, Nintendo collectors have paid nearly $2,700 for the collection. And as of this writing, an eBay seller is seeking $7,500 for a model.
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