In the market for a bit of tech-related memorabilia? How would a set of Steve Jobs’ business cards do? Cards from the charismatic CEO’s time at NeXT, Apple, and Pixar have been put up for sale by The Marin School in California, with proceeds going to various initiatives at the high school.
According to Business Insider, the cards are owned by a family with kids at the school. They previously used to do catering for the Apple boss and wisely held on to the valuable tokens. At the time of writing, the bidding is up to a little over $5,000, so you’re going to have to dig deep if you want a piece of tech history.
You’ve got until May 7 to decide if you’d like to put in a bid in — to help your decision you might want to check out The Marin School website and read about some of the work it does. They would be good conversation starters to keep on hand in your wallet if nothing else, though presumably it wouldn’t be too difficult to forge some of your own.
The auction listing says that the cards were “caressed and carried by the man himself” and date from 1984 to 1990. Jobs originally left Apple in 1985 to set up NeXT, before the two companies merged at the end of 1996. Meanwhile, Pixar became a separate company in 1986, with Apple as the main funding partner and Jobs as the majority shareholder.
Apple-related memorabilia always does well at auctions — you might remember one of the company’s first computers was bought for $905,000 at an auction last year. This particular one will finish with a live event at gala at the Marin School itself, though you can submit your bid remotely if you can’t make it all the way to the west coast of the United States.