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TI SR50A, collectible?
09-02-2015, 04:11 PM (This post was last modified: 09-02-2015 04:15 PM by dxaren.)
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TI SR50A, collectible?
A friend of mine "proudly bragged" about his TI SR50A.
What is a little bit amazing is the serial number: "9".
Not "00009", just "9"!

Shall I tell him it's a collectors piece, worth zillions, or what???

/ Lars B

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09-02-2015, 05:11 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
The serial number could be 4815162342 and it would still be a TI.

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09-02-2015, 07:02 PM
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How much will somebody pay for it?
(09-02-2015 04:11 PM)dxaren Wrote:  A friend of mine "proudly bragged" about his TI SR50A.
What is a little bit amazing is the serial number: "9".
Not "00009", just "9"!

Shall I tell him it's a collectors piece, worth zillions, or what???

/ Lars B
The SR-50A model is considered common, according to an article from The International Calculator Collector.

The actual worth of a particular item comes down to its condition, completeness, and desirability. Whatever you can convince another person to pay for it is the only real test.

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09-03-2015, 11:05 AM (This post was last modified: 09-03-2015 11:50 AM by isanchez.)
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
Hi,

In my opinion, TI SR50A is not a relevant calculator model; TI has many, but not this one. In my opinion (again), "relevant" does not mean only "expensive" or "difficult to find" (this is normally linked...but not to this model)...it could also mean nice designed, innovative, powerful, robust...unfortunately SR50A does not show any of this attributes... an early Datamath TI-2500, an SR50, SR52 (my favourite), SR56, TI66 and models 58C and 59 are a short example of relevant TI models...sure there are more.

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09-03-2015, 10:27 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
You are all correct, that's nothing special about the SR50, except in this case where serial number "9" indicates that my friend has got an extremely early build, or maybe a prototype in his desk drawer...

Anyhow it's not for sale, but it would have been fun if any TI collector could say "Oooooh, Nice"...

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09-03-2015, 11:32 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
Ooohh... nice. lol

The SR-50/51 and then the SR-50A/51A were all nicely designed units. The 50A/51A brought the "business" design look to the 50/51 from the SR-52 heritage.

The light blue/orange of the 50 and yellow/gray keys of the 51 were muted into the business looking designs of the 50A/51A.

The SR-50/50A function set was quite nice for its price point. The "sum of the products" feature whereby * / were done before + - was a nice addition.

Hyperbolics and x! were also quite nicely received on the 50/50A.

Don't necessarily overlook them, but there are legion. :-)
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09-05-2015, 01:06 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
(09-03-2015 10:27 PM)dxaren Wrote:  You are all correct, that's nothing special about the SR50, except in this case where serial number "9" indicates that my friend has got an extremely early build, or maybe a prototype in his desk drawer...

You might want to ask joerg@datamath.org, THE collector of TI calculators, about this device.

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09-06-2015, 03:09 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
(09-03-2015 10:27 PM)dxaren Wrote:  You are all correct, that's nothing special about the SR50, except in this case where serial number "9" indicates that my friend has got an extremely early build, or maybe a prototype in his desk drawer...

Anyhow it's not for sale, but it would have been fun if any TI collector could say "Oooooh, Nice"...

Could you share here a picture of this calculator showing the serial number?

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09-07-2015, 01:00 PM
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
I have a TI SR-56 with serial number 9, I think they forgot to print the rest of the serial number. I If I look at other TI calculators I have, the '9' is already on the label and the rest of the serialnumber is ´printed´ after the '9'.
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09-08-2015, 08:21 PM (This post was last modified: 09-08-2015 08:24 PM by dxaren.)
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RE: TI SR50A, collectible?
> I think they forgot to print the rest of the serial number
> I If I look at other TI calculators I have, the '9' is already on the label
> and the rest of the serialnumber is ´printed´ after the '9'.

That's a plausible explanation!
Thanks for solving "the mystery".

/ Lars B

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