Steve Jobs wrote a check in 1976 to Radio Shack. Now it’s up for auction

It’s a pristine piece of Silicon Valley history — and it comes with a famous autograph.

A check that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made out to Radio Shack on July 23, 1976, just months after the pioneering computer company was founded, has gone up for auction.

The latest bid tops $30,000, with less than a day remaining in the sale by RR Auction. Bidding will close Wednesday, Dec. 6, with any initial bids required by 3 p.m. PST.

The check is made out on an Apple Computer Company account opened at a Wells Fargo branch in Los Altos. Listed is Apple’s first official address at 770 Welch Rd., Ste. 154, Palo Alto — “the location of an answering service and mail drop that they used while still operating out of the famous Jobs family garage,” the webpage says.

RR Auction, a Boston-based specialist in Jobs and Apple memorabilia, calls Radio Shack an “unsung hero” of the personal computing revolution and notes that co-founder Steve Wozniak would spend hours roaming the aisles of the store.

According to an RR executive, the artifact comes from a private collector who has had it in his collection since the 1990s. The neatly penned check features Jobs’ signature — with lowercase “s” and “j,” as was his style, said a handwriting expert for the auction house.

In August, an Apple Computer check made out to Ramlor Inc. in 1976 and signed by both Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak sold at auction for $135,261.

FILE – In this file photo taken Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of a photo of himself, right, and Steve Wozniak, left, during an Apple event in San Francisco. Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
An Apple 1 Computer from 1976 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is presented at an auction house in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The unit number “46”, the most complete original hand-built, is one of very few Apple 1s still in working order as well as the only known example in its original box. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
An Apple 1 Computer from 1976 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is presented at an auction house in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The unit number “46”, the most complete original hand-built, is one of very few »Apple 1s« still in working order as well as the only known example in its original box. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The home and garage where Steve Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer is shown on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 in Los Altos, Calif. Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. He died peacefully, according to a statement from family members who said they were present. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco, April 24, 1984. (AP Photo/Sal Veder)

 

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