Archive for the ZX Spectrum Category

Spyro the Dragon – Promo Disc

Posted in ZX Spectrum on April 24, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have the promo disc of the Spyro the Dragon, which was originally released on the Playstation 1 in 1998. This was the first game in the series of the little purple dragon’s exploits, and was followed by two further sequels on this console.

Spyro the Dragon Promo

This promo disc rarely turns up on ebay, so pricing it is difficult. I however managed to pick this up for around £5.

Sinclair User Issue 4 – Original “Runway” Artwork

Posted in Books & Magazines, Miscellaneous, ZX Spectrum on February 20, 2015 by drewturpin

Following on from the “Flycatcher” artwork from issue 6 of Sinclair User, I have also managed to pick up this piece of artwork. This original painting by William Scolding was included in issue 4 of Sinclair User, published in July 1982, in an article on machine code.

Plane (2)

This article featured a computer program call “Runway”, hence the illustration of a plane landing.

Plane (3)

A cropped version of this artwork was also used in the 1983 Sinclair Annual, published later in the year, in an article on the growth of software. The painting is on card and covered by a tracing paper overlay for protection.

Plane (4)

The tracing paper has the following sentences written on it in red pen “Sinclair Annual Page 14. Repeat of colour illustration from Sinclair User July. Crop as indicated to 100mm deep. Proof of cropped pic please.”

Plane (1)

This is another ebay purchase, costing me just under £15.

The Complete Spectrum – Part 1

Posted in ZX Spectrum on April 27, 2014 by drewturpin

This is the first of a six part series of magazines published monthly from January 1983 by Database Publications Ltd. The magazine covered a range of topics for both beginners and expert Spectrum users. Essentially it was an extended user’s guide, teaching basic and machine code but also covering some of the many peripherals released for the machine.

The Complete Spectrum

I picked up this copy, along with several Sinclair related magazines, for £3 at a local bootsale. This magazine does not appear too often on ebay so prices are difficult to gauge, but expect to pay about £5 for a copy. Also because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, so I would always email the seller to get a better understating of the overall state of the magazine (e.g. missing pages, rips, tears, writing etc).

Unbelievable Ultimate 1 & 2

Posted in ZX Spectrum on March 9, 2014 by drewturpin

Here we have two compilation tapes for the ZX Spectrum released in 1987, both contain four “Ultimate Play the Games” games. The first compilation includes the early classics Jetpac, Tranz Am, Pssst and Lunar Jetman. Whilst the second compilation contains the early classic Atic Atac and the later masterpieces of Sabre Wulf, Alien 8 and Underwurlde that formed part of Ultimate’s big box releases.

Unbelievable Ultimate (1)

These two compilations were released by US Gold, who had recently taken over Ultimate Play the Game, under their “Master Games” series.  Releasing compilations of some of the Ultimate back catalogue was one way of recouping some of the cost of this takeover. Versions were also released for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, BBC and MSX, although the Ultimate games on each compilation did vary from system to system.

Unbelievable Ultimate (2)

These are not seen that often nowadays and I’ve no idea how well they sold back in the day. However I suspect that most ZX Spectrum owners would have a few of these games in their collection already, so wouldn’t have expected they sold in great numbers.  These are seen very rarely on ebay but expect to pay £10 or more for each of these if you can track them down.

Unbelievable Ultimate (3)

ZX Computing – Issue 1

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on December 31, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the very first edition of ZX Computing magazine which was first published in the April 1982 (although the magazine shows this as Summer 1982) by Argus Press. The magazine was originally released bi-monthly, but went monthly from issue 24 (April 1986). The magazine contained “type-in” programs for the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers, and also concentrated on more serious article on computing.

ZX Computing

The magazine ran for 38 issues with the last one published in June 1987. I picked up this copy from ebay for £10 which isn’t too bad, as it is a difficult one to track down. Therefore putting a price on this magazine is not going to be easy. Because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, in fact as this magazine used a glued spine rather than the more common staple. This can mean loose pages or pages missing entirely. Fortunately my copy, although well read, is complete with no loose pages.

Crash – Catalogue

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on November 29, 2013 by drewturpin

This is a rare copy of one of the first Crash software catalogues. Crash originally was a mail order software company selling ZX Spectrum cassettes, and these catalogues were sent out to customers. This catalogue is not dated but is believed to have been published somewhere around the middle of 1983.

Crash Catalogue (1)

Only three of four different catalogues are thought to have been published in total, and this stopped in October 1983 when the first edition of Crash magazine was being planned.

Crash Catalogue (2)

An interesting fact is that the street on the back page, drawn by Oliver Frey, features the original company office (Crash Towers). I was fortunate enough to pick this up on ebay for about £2, and have not seen any of these catalogues before or since. Considering the age of the catalogue it is in great condition.

Crash Catalogue (3)

Putting a price on this item is difficult due to fact that they do not turn up very often, however they are well worth tracking down.

Sinclair Programs – Issue 1

Posted in Books & Magazines, ZX Spectrum on October 11, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the very first edition of Sinclair Programs magazine which was first published in May 1982 by ECC Publications Ltd, who also published Sinclair User and Sinclair Projects. The magazine was originally released bi-monthly, but due to its’ popularity went monthly from issue 7 (May 1983). The magazine contained “type-in” programs for the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers, and although most listing were for games there was also the odd utility program included. The magazine ran for 35 issues with the last one published in September 1985, which was probably due to the introduction of budget software making buying games more affordable.

Sinclair Programs

I picked up this copy from a dedicated magazine website for £8 which I was pretty happy with, as it rarely appears on ebay. Because of this pricing of this magazine is difficult, but that said it is not obvious for the front cover that this is the very first issue, so you may be able to pick one up cheaply. Also because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, so I would always check the overall state of the magazine (e.g. missing pages, rips, tears, writing etc).