$2,000+ dollars for a TI CC-40 collection, sans system

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Just like the TI-99/8 prototype from several months back, this eBay auction for a collection of TI CC-40 stuff features items not officially released and is particularly heavy on software. However, the most valuable item in a collection of valuables is the included Wafer Drive and 23 tapes. For those that are not familiar with Wafer Drives, they're similar to "stringy floppies", both essentially using endless loop tapes for storage/retrieval. These drives were NEVER reliable and were nixed for use in various systems, including the Coleco ColecoVision, but did make it out for various Sinclair systems and there were even third party drives based on the technology for systems like the Commodore Vic-20 and 64.

What's intriguing about the drive for the CC-40 is that it was advertised on the back of the box with the system, but had a sticker placed over it as "Not Available". TI never issued a replacement, meaning that the CC-40 never had an official way to save data externally! CC-40 users had to transfer their stuff to another system, or just keep it on battery backup on the main unit.

The units themselves are semi-rare, but not particularly collectible at the moment, ranging from $30 or so to $60 or so depending upon completeness. Base memory configurations generally ranged from a base of 8K to 18K. Luckily, I recently procured a unit with AC adapter and manual with 18K for $35 shipped. You can find a few cartridges still in circulation for around that price each or less, including a word processing cartridge. The best part about the system for me is its high compatibility with TI Extended BASIC, found on the TI-994/a. Obviously display differences had to be taken into consideration, among other factors. This was by no mean one of the better long battery life portables, with Epson (HX-20 and PX-8) and Tandy (Model 100 and 102), among others, making much better systems with better keyboards, support and connectivity options...