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Steve Jobs Signed Apple 5-Year Service Award

Steve Jobs-signed award recognizing a QuickTime manager who helped to build "Apple's phenomenal success"

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Steve Jobs-signed award recognizing a QuickTime manager who helped to build "Apple's phenomenal success"

Rare Apple Computer five-year award plaque presented to a senior product marketing manager for QuickTime technology in 1997, 6.75 x 13, signed at the bottom in black felt tip, "steve jobs." The text reads: "This certificate of recognition is given to those who have played a major role in the building of Apple's phenomenal success. During the past five years you have given to Apple your talents, enthusiasm, and energy. We hope you share our feeling that the journey is the reward." The display's plastic glaze is elegantly etched with the numeral "5." Framed and in very fine condition.

This rare, signed example originates from the collection of a senior product marketing manager for QuickTime technology at Apple's corporate office in Cupertino, CA, from 1992-2000. He writes: "Working as a product marketing manager at Apple was a high-profile job that I had never experienced professionally. I traveled all over the world and gave talks and presentations to large and small audiences as well as met with many software and hardware developers, musicians, celebrities, and Apple fans. Needless to say I met quite a few very interesting people.

In 1997, Steve Job's assistant called me and told me Steve wanted to learn the QuickTime VR technology. (QuickTime VR was a part of QuickTime that was a photographic-based 360 image technology that paved the way for today's 360 imagery used all over the Web.) I was to go to his office and meet with him one-on-one to demonstrate that technology.

That meeting went as well as it could (I'll spare you the details!) and at the end of the meeting Steve said, 'This is really cool!' From that day on he invited me to many meetings (many of which I really didn't need to be in) and he also used QuickTime VR in many of Apple's product announcement events. It was somewhat of a relief that he liked the technology that I was marketing.

A few months later in 1997 Steve was autographing employees' '5 Year Awards.' These are plaques given out for 5 years of working at Apple. Jobs had just become the official CEO of Apple and was signing these awards. Not only did he sign my 5-year award but also my premier issue of Macworld."

Signed examples of Apple service awards are scarce, as the company soon transitioned to facsimile signatures on the anniversary awards.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Steve Jobs Revolution: Engelbart, Atari, and Apple
  • Dates: #632 - Ended March 17, 2022

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