I received this sign as a token of Apple's appreciation for the hardware and software design my company did that benefited the Macintosh computer. I displayed the sign for a few years, then carefully packed it away for the past 30 years. It was unpacked this month to verify operation (which triggered a renovation of the base) and to take these pictures.There are no chips or scratches in the glass The photos show the glass corners in detail (that is where most chips occur in the glass of this sign). The base has some yellowing due to age and use of the light (heat from the ballast). There are no cracks or scratches on the base. The felt feet on the bottom of the base had "migrated", leaving a trail of adhesive - the adhesive was cleaned off and the felt feet replaced with new ones (there are no remnants of the old adhesive). The original ballast that powers the fluorescent tube is extremely quiet. This sign base has the original switch, cord, and plug. There is speculation that only 1500 of these signs were produced, based on the fact that there were about 1500 Macintosh dealers when the Mac was introduced. More signs must have been produced since Apple expected the dealer base to grow, replacements for broken signs must have been planned, some signs were used internally at Apple, and signs were given to some developers such as me!
I have no firm data how many signs might have been produced, but I'd guess it to be closer to 2500 rather than 1500. Of Fountain Valley, California manufactured these signs (maybe engineered them, too), but alas, they are nowhere to be found today under that name. The item "Apple Macintosh Picasso Dealer Lighted Sign Vintage 1984 ++ FREE SHIP" is in sale since Sunday, December 04, 2016.This item is in the category "Computers/Tablets & Networking\Vintage Computing\Vintage Manuals & Merchandise". The seller is "dburtis2" and is located in Corrales, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.