|The least rare vintage HP|
Message #1 Posted by Michael de Estrada on 1 May 2010, 10:08 a.m.
OK. So we're always talking about the rarest vintage HP's. You know, those that sell for astronomical prices or don't even ever appear on TAS. But what about the ones that are so common that you might even expect to find them on the shelves at Walmart. The ones that keep appearing by the dozens on TAS and keep selling for lower prices. The ones that you collect, not by one or two or three, but by the dozen. Anyways, what prompted me to write this is that I just bought my tenth HP-45 for the lowest price ever, and ironically I wasn't even interested in the calculator itself. Nope, I mainly wanted the hard case, because it had a good latch and I can use it with an HP-55 or HP-65. Hard cases in good condition are, pardon the pun, "hard" to find. They are usually grouped with a much more costly HP-55 or HP-65, and often have broken latches. Anyway, I really didn't care about the condition of the calculator, but as it turned out, it was in perfect working condition with no corrosion in the battery compartment and just some slight missing silver trim above the keyboard. It also came with a clean ownner's manual and leather soft case. I paid $51 for all this, whereas in the past I'd paid more for the calculator alone. So, is the HP-45 the most ubiquitous of vintage HP calculators, or do any of you have another model HP that is more so? Which model is the most common in your collection? The most I have of any other model is three.