writes "Yesterday I went to visit a gentleman named Bob. Bob's partner was a computer collector. Bob's house is filled with at least a few thousand boxed copies of Apple II, Atari, Commodore and Macintosh software, much of it still in shrink wrap. There were a few games (Temple of Apshai, made in 1979, the original Ultima for Apple II), but staggering amounts of graphics and productivity software, including boxed copy of Photoshop from v. 1 to v.5, Freehand, PageMaker, Poser, and Illustrator. I understand there are working professionals out in the world who probably have a lot of the same stuff sitting on their shelves at work, but how many people have thousands of titles, with all the packaging, books, disks and possibly still unsealed?
There's a similar collection of hardware as well, including a number of old Macs, Commodores and a Lisa, all in their original packaging.
I told Bob that I didn't really have a way to evaluate this collection as trash or treasure, and I'm sort of stumped on how to do so. Do the people of Slashdot have any ideas?"