In the very early days of Apple, co-founder Steve Jobs was VP Operations. And Alfred DiBlasi has one of Jobs’ business cards to prove it.
The card will soon go up for auction. You can own this bit of Apple history if you’re willing to put down enough cash.
You can own a business card for ‘Steven Jobs, Vice President, Operations’
The business card is from circa 1978 or 1979, according to DiBlasi. Jobs is listed as VP Operations because Michael Scott was Apple CEO from 1977 to 1981. Jobs was just 21 when the company was founded, and was considered by early investors too young to run Apple.
DiBlasi has had the item for over 40 years. “By 1980, I was working at Berliner Computer Center, an authorized Apple dealership with offices in Great Neck and New Hyde Park, New York,” he recalls. “One afternoon at the Great Neck location, a client gifted me this particular Steve Jobs business card, stating ‘maybe it will be worth something, in the future.’”
It’s clearly old but in relatively good shape. “I’ve kept it in plastic and avoided touching it,” promises DiBlasi.
As for why he’s decided to sell the Steve Jobs business card now, DiBlasi says, “It was a lot of fun showing this to friends and family members over the years, but it’s time for it to go to someone that’s really going to embrace this thing and display it and whatever.”
Going up for auction soon
It sold a more-recent Steve Jobs business card in 2021 for $12,905. Whether this vintage one will fetch more or less money is anyone’s guess.
Bidding will start mid-February 2022, and the auction will close on Thursday, March 17, 2022.
DiBlasi made a YouTube video showing off the Steve Jobs business card as he packs it up to ship to RR Auction, along with his letter of provenance.