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Radio Shack’s Massive Vintage Auction

Radio Shack’s closing down over 1,000 retail locations across the country this weekend as they transition their operations from physical stores to online distribution. The biggest building on the chopping block: their company headquarters. After clearing out the basement and digging through the archives, they’ve assembled thousands of items into over seven hundred individual lots and handed them off to UBid Estate and Auction Services. They’re up for sale now.

Collectors, tinkerers, historians, nostalgia seekers, and collectors of the just-plain-weird…if you like Radio Shack, Realistic radios, Tandy computers, hobbyist electronics, or framed artwork, there’s something in there for you. On the first page alone, you can find a Tandy Model III computer, a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, a shortwave receiver, a collection of vintage calculators, a TAD-345 telephone answering system, an autographed 2012 Tour de France jersey, and, uh, this framed painting of former President George W. Bush:

Nothing says “Radio Shack” like this guy, I guess…?

But seriously, it goes on for pages and pages just like this.

Bundles of Tandy software? Check!

Computer monitors? Check!

An autographed nude photo of Ronda Rousey? Come on, be seri– oh, wait…Check!

Company newsletters, Radio Shack catalogs, furniture, disk drives, framed artwork, international flyers, speakers, keyboards…it’s a hoarder’s dream come true. The auction began on May 26th and runs until the first week of July (another 36 days, 8 hours as of this writing), so there’s plenty of time to browse, chuckle, reminisce, and maybe make a bid or two if something catches your eye.

Hands off that George W. Bush painting though! Carl’s got a spot in his office picked out already. Good thing there are more than enough paintings of coffee cups to go around.

Michael Crisman

In 1979, Michael Crisman was mauled by a radioactive Gorgar pinball machine. After the wounds healed, doctors discovered his DNA had been re-coded. No longer fully human, Michael requires regular infusions of video games in order to continue living among you. If you see him, he can see you. Make no sudden moves, but instead bribe him with old issues of computer and video game magazines or a mint-in-box copy of Dragon Warrior IV. If he made you laugh, drop a tip in his jar at http://paypal.me/modernzorker (If he didn't make you laugh, donate to cure his compulsion to bang keyboards by sending an absurdly huge amount of money to his tip jar instead. That'll show him!)

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