Sotheby’s auctioning original Steve Jobs memo about Atari World Cup Football improvements

“The auction house Sotheby’s is selling an official memo from Steve Jobs to Atari about improving the World Cup Football game,” John Biggs reports for TechCrunch.

“The pages – stamped and signed by Jobs himself – describe circuit diagrams and paddle layouts,” Biggs reports. “Delightfully, the stamp says ‘All-One Farm Design’ and features a Buddhist mantra, ‘gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl.’ As you do.”

Biggs reports, “If you’re thinking of picking this up you’d best have about $10,000 to $15,000 handy – although bidding could get fierce.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Along with the Atari memo, Sotheby’s is also auctioning off an original Apple I circuit board (mint condition) at an estimated $120,000 – $180,000.


  1. Look at comments of that article. One “smart ass” commentator HAD TO say that the engineering propositions were actually done by Wozniak. While Jobs always regarded Wozniak higher as engineer than himself, this does not make Jobs any less engineer than he was. Jobs was into engineering since late 1960, long before he has met Wozniak. Jobs could fix a TV and make something with active elementary base such as frequency counter.

    And, there is no way how you could get higher at Atari just because your friend Wozniak works at HP and might supposedly make your work instead of you. While Jobs might have consulted with Wozniak, this does not mean he did not do the work himself.

    Yet those myths persist.

    1. “Haters are ‘gonna hate” What can you do? Give them a condescending chuckle is about the best you can.

      I think that their karma for their illogical hatred toward all things apple is to force them selves to use windows PC’s and ‘roid phones. Hatred, particularly irrational hatred, is self limiting.

    2. Woz graduated Cal in Engineering. Jobs dropped out of Reed College.
      Guess which one was the engineer and which one the dabbler.

      1. Woz had a degree but Jobs had the ability. You can’t teach talent, genius, or greatness in school. You have to realize it and prove it in the real world.

        1. The Apple II made the company and was Woz’s work. Jobs would have never had the chance without Woz. Any decent company would have fired his petulant ass in a New York minute- and rightly so.

          Jobs’ genius was marketing and only became apparent after the space earned by the success of the Apple II allowed him the chance and the money. His second act was also the product of the hard lessons learned at NEXT and Pixar. He came back to Apple a very different man than he left.

    1. … forgot the words “selling this document.” He had a PDF of it up on the site linked in my comment, but I haven’t checked to see if it’s still there. I have my copy of it, though 🙂

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