BOSTON – RR Auction is offering a pristine Apple Computer Company check signed by Steve Jobs in 1976. The year of the company’s founding marked a turning point in the history of modern technology and this check represents an important moment in the development of Apple. The auction will conclude on Wednesday, May 10, and the check is estimated at $25,000+.
The check, measuring 6 by 3in, is filled out in type and signed by Steve Jobs, payable to Crampton, Remke & Miller, Inc. for $175, dated July 8, 1976. This check is significant not only for its association with the co-founder of Apple, but also for the fact that it uses the company’s first official address at “770 Welch Rd., Ste. 154, Palo Alto.” This address was that of an answering service and mail drop that they used while still operating out of the Jobs family garage.
Crampton, Remke & Miller was a management consulting firm in Palo Alto that provided business process consulting to a wide range of high tech companies in Northern California, including Atari, Memorex, National Semiconductor, and Xerox. Jobs’s hiring of such a firm during Apple’s earliest stages demonstrates his eye toward long-term growth. At that time, Apple had recently developed the Apple-1, secured its first big order, and set about trying to fulfill it. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had to secure parts and components on credit, build the computers, and deliver them to retailers and individuals.
RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said, “It’s a highly desirable, essentially flawless check from a central moment in the history of modern tech.”