Autographed Steve Jobs Apple Business Card Sells For Record $181,000 At Auction

Steve Jobs continues to remain a hot commodity on the collectibles market. A number of signed pieces by the Apple c0-founder sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars total at auction on Thursday night, including an autographed business card.

The 1983 Apple Computer business card signed by Jobs went for a staggering $181,183 at RR Auction — the most ever paid for a business card, according to sports business reporter Darren Rovell. The card, authenticated by PSA and graded a Gem Mint 10, is only one of five Jobs-signed Apple Computer business cards in existence.

“Highly coveted circa 1983 Apple Computer business card of Steve Jobs, which is signed neatly in black ink, ‘steve jobs.’ The off-white card, ​​3.5 x 2, features the iconic ‘rainbow’ version of the Apple ‘byte’ logo and reads: ‘Steven Jobs, Chairman Board of Directors,’ with the company’s address and contact information listed below: ‘10260 Bandley Drive, Cupertino, California 95014, (408) 996-1010,'” reads that RR Auction description lot.

That wasn’t the only Jobs collectible that sold for six figures. A 1976 Apple Computer check with Jobs’ signature fetched $176,850. The check predates the official founding of Apple by 13 days.

Steve Jobs Signed 1976 Apple Computer Check No. 3 - PSA GEM MINT 10
Steve Jobs Signed 1976 Apple Computer Check No. 3 – PSA GEM MINT 10. (credit: RR Auction)

“This temporary check, issued upon opening Apple’s first bank account, bears the same routing and account numbers as other early Apple Computer Company checks we have offered — those, however, date to July 1976 and are imprinted with Apple’s first official address at ‘770 Welch Rd., Ste. 154, Palo Alto’ — the location of an answering service and mail drop that they used while still operating out of the famous Jobs family garage,” reads the RR Auction description lot of the third Apple check ever written.

Even a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie stub ticket signed by Jobs went for $14,653.

Steve Jobs Signed Movie Ticket Stub
Steve Jobs Signed Movie Ticket Stub. (credit: RR Auction)

Other Jobs autographed items sold Thursday night include:

In all, the six items signed by Jobs totaled a whopping $472,557. Jobs wasn’t known to sign many autographs while he was alive, so anything with his signature is highly collectible.

The most expensive piece of Jobs memorabilia — an Apple Computer company partnership agreement signed by Jobs — sold for $1.59 million in a Sotheby’s auction in December 2011.

Jobs was only 21 when he co-founded Apple in 1976, along with Steve Wozniak. The two revolutionized computers when they released the first Apple Macintosh in 1984. Jobs left Apple a year later to launch Pixar Animation Studios, but returned in 1997. Jobs and Apple proceeded to transform how the world uses smartphones when he introduced the iconic iPhone in 2007.

“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” Jobs said during his keynote address at MacWorld San Francisco.

Jobs died in 2011 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

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