Vintage & Antique TVs

55 Vintage & Antique TVs You Can Buy

The early technology for television was developed between 1876-84, but it wouldn’t be called “television” until 1900. A decade later, the first short film shot entirely in Hollywood was produced, In Old California. In April 1923, the first commercial production with synchronized sound was played in New York City.
Simultaneously, research on how to relay information to TVs and then transform said information into a picture had been ongoing since the late 19th century. Finally, post-Depression & WWII, TV technology was accessibility priced for a global community looking to relax and enjoy life again. The popularity of television sets in homes boomed in the early 1950s.
From there, the world hasn’t looked back. The development of TV technology can be tracked through vintage television sets as the screen get consistently larger while the pictures gain clarity. Flatscreen TVs with LED, HD, or now, UHD do not yet qualify as antiques, so you will find only box TVs in this list. Throwbacks, perfect for collectors or retro gamers!

Are Antique TVs Worth Anything?

Rarity largely determines this answer. Antique TVs can range from under $100 to $20,000—depending on the model. There are two types of rarity: production rarity and age rarity. There are some models with a lower number originally produced that are rare finds, then there are early TV models from the 1940s and 50s that are difficult to find in working (or repairable) condition, age rarity. These two categories are going to be the more expensive range. TV models that were produced on a large-scale after about 1965 make up the lower end.

List of Vintage Television Sets

I) From the 1950s

1. Hoffman TV Bar

New/Used: Used, repurposed
Color: Black
Price: $1300

This Hoffman brand television has been gutted and repurposed as a mini bar, complete with mirrors and LED lighting. The original speakers are still functional and updated for Bluetooth connection (or an aux cable)!

Buy this TV here.


2. RCA Victor

New/Used: Ready for repurposing
Color: Gold
Price: $176



This is a gutted RCA Victor; all the electronics have been removed and it is ready for a new use.

Buy this TV here.


3. RCA Victor #2

New/Used: Used, needs renovation
Color: Cream
Price: $350



This Victor has all the inside pieces still inside—however it only buzzes when plugged in so it needs some renovating to be fully functional.

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4. Samsung for Kmart SK9B617M

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Off-white
Price: $75



A dial-controlled B&W television with mid-century styling. This was a classy TV in its time, it is operable although the tall antenna is missing & it has minor surface damage.

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5. Zenith Brand Cat Bed

New/Used: Used, non-operable
Color: Tan
Price: $500



This 1950s TV has been gutted of the electronic insides and repurposed into a cat bed—so might not be the use you are looking for, but it is adorable and unique for its purpose!

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6. Zenith TV Bar

New/Used: Used, non-operable
Color: Brown
Price: $1550


Zenith TV Bar
Another 1950s TV repurposed into a mini-bar: mirrored interior, LED lighting, and Bluetooth-enabled speakers. This Zenith would have been a very popular TV at the time.

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7. Zenith Brand 1512J

New/Used: Used working condition
Color: Teal
Price: $850



A classy 1950s TV, this Zenith is in excellent condition. Fully functional and in good cosmetic condition, it is ready to add a dash of mid-century style to your life!

Buy this TV here.


II) From the 1960s

1. Braun FS 80

New/Used: Good working condition
Color: White
Price: $7999



This is a rare find. Complete and fully functional, this Braun brand B&W TV was constructed in Germany in 1964.

Buy this TV here.


2. MCM Display Model

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Orange
Price: $450


MCM Display Model
This is a MCM TV body that was never filled out with electronics—purposefully. It was used as a model in Italian stores through the late 60s and 70s.

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3. RCA Victor New Vista

New/Used: Used display condition
Color: Off-white
Price: $150



A sleek 1969 TV with the controls in a unique placement: a panel popping-up from the top surface. This TV does not turn on, so it’s being sold as a display piece.

Buy this TV here.


4. Start-3

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Wood grain
Price: $690


Start-3
A TV produced in the USSR during the 1960s, the name translates to Start-3. It is in excellent condition functionally and cosmetically—note the bent plywood casing.

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5. Sony Micro 5-303W

New/Used: Used condition, non-functional
Color: Black
Price: $89


Sony Micro 5-303W
A miniature TV with a folding, extendable antenna. It comes with a carrying case, it is also not fully functional.

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III) From the 1970s

1. General Electric

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Light green
Price: $400



A lovely green casing highlights this 9” TV. I-t is fully functional with a fairly clear picture still!

Buy this TV here.


2. General Electric 12XB9104Y

New/Used: Used
Color: Yellow
Price: $250


General Electric 12XB9104Y
A yellow plastic casing makes this 1979 piece stand out! It is a unique piece, although unclear what it functions like.

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3. Iskra 130-1 trim

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Beige
Price: $228



This is a portable television model originating from Yugoslavian Iskra brand. It has top-panel controls and is in full functional condition!

Buy this TV here.


4. Panasonic Tr-005

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Silver
Price: $995



This is a quintessentially Space Age design, with rounded edges and a nice silver-chrome finish. This is a classy throwback to the mid-century period!

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5. Panasonic Tr-729U

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Cream
Price: $143



This is a functional solid-state TV by Panasonic. It is in good condition, fully functional and ready to use!

Buy this TV here.


6. RCA XL-100

New/Used: Good working condition
Color: Tan
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $169



Some scuffing to the case and a patch on the cord shows this machine has been well-used and loved. It is fully functional and ready for a continued life with you!

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7. Sanyo Portable

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Tan
Screen Size: 12”
Price: $119



The on/off knob is missing and there is a cig burn on the top of the frame; otherwise, this black-and-white TV case is in good operable condition and ready to add some mid-century charm to your life!

Buy this TV here.


8. Sears B&W

New/Used: Working condition
Color: Red
Screen Size: 11.5”
Price: $161


Sears B&W
This TV is tested to power-on and produce sound, capabilities beyond that are buyer-determined. It is a lovely piece in a unique red casing, eye-catching!

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9. Toshiba C099

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Black
Price: $276



An early Toshiba model, replete with long antennas and front-face dials. It is in good cosmetic condition and fully functional…for its era, it is analog technology.

Buy this TV here.


10. Videoton Tünde

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Orange
Price: $210


Videoton Tünde
This TV was designed and constructed in 1970s Hungary, a rarer origin point. It is in good condition, functional and ready for use!

Buy this TV here.


11. Westport Brand

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Cream
Screen Size: 12”
Price: $200


Westport Brand
This is a fully functional space-age style television. The antenna is broken, but it turns on and connects to other devices smoothly. It is in good cosmetic condition as well!

Buy this TV here.


IV) From the 1980s

1. Bentley 100C

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Gray
Screen Size: 5”
Price: $18



A portable 5” TV with VHF & UHF selection options. Bright, Contrast, & Volume dials on the front allow you to fine-tune the display as well.

Buy this TV here.


2. Dayton DCT-1311

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Wood Grain & black
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $169


Dayton DCT-1311
A 1984 home television, complete with knobs and dials to the right side of the screen instead of a controller.

Buy this TV here.


3. General Electric Performance Orb

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Black
Screen Size: 12”
Price: $169



This ’82 tabletop TV is in good cosmetic condition. The lower knob control is missing, but all functions are working fully.

Buy this TV here.


4. Hitachi CT1301

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Gray
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $180


Hitachi CT1301
In working condition, no damage on the screen, and antenna intact—this is an excellent vintage TV find! (Not to mention a classy look…)

Buy this TV here.


5. Iskara Brand

New/Used: Used working condition
Color: Tan
Price: $170



Founded in Kranj, Slovenia in 1947, Iskara (translates as Spark) is still a leading brand in the area. This TV was manufactured in 1980s Yugoslavia. This machine is in good condition and fully functional, note that it is wired with a European 220V plug.

Buy this TV here.


6. JVC Portable

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Offwhite
Price: $40



An AC or DC powered portable TV by JVC. This machine turns on, but it’s unclear how far it is functional beyond that!

Buy this TV here.


7. Kapsch Viennastar

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Gray
Price: $175



This television is German made by Kapsch. It is in good condition, a beautiful piece. Be aware that it is a European 220V power cord & plug.

Buy this TV here.


8. Panasonic Travelvision

New/Used: Used, restoration required
Color: White
Screen Size: 1.5”
Price: $40


Panasonic Travelvision

Very cool miniature TV for travel, unfortunately it is not currently charging and therefore inoperable. It would either make a great display piece or a restoration project.

Buy this TV here.


9. RCA Playmate

New/Used: Good lightly used condition
Color: Wood grain
Screen Size: 9”
Price: $125


RCA Playmate
This Playmate still has the original RCA tag attached, it is in excellent repair and good functional condition—although it doesn’t currently receive channels.

Buy this TV here.


10. Sony TV-131

New/Used: Good functional condition
Color: Tan
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $149



Simple and clear-cut, this TV model was intended to be easily transportable. It is in good condition, with only minor wear and full functionality.

Buy this TV here.


11. VTG Sampo

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Deep green
Screen Size: 12”
Price: $99


VTG Sampo
This TV features a nice deep green casing, instead of the typical black. It is a B&W screen, more rare by the ‘80s. The machine is in overall good condition, fully functional.

Buy this TV here.


12. Zenith System 3

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Space Command Gray
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $200



Zenith brand was a forerunner in the 1950s but continued producing their own brand until they became a subsidiary of LG Electronics in 1999. This machine is in good condition, fully functional and in good cosmetic condition.

Buy this TV here.


IV) From the 1990s

1. Memorex Disney Princess Set

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Pink & purple
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $200


Memorex Disney Princess Set
This set included a TV, DVD player, detachable speakers, & a remote control—the age of the pieces mean they have a few funny quarks but overall, it’s in good condition cosmetically and functionally.

Buy this TV here.


2. Sanyo DS13204

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Tan
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $90


Sanyo DS13204
This TV was designed with early video gaming systems in mind, a front A/V input allowing for easy connection. This is a great display if you’re a retro video game aficionado.

Buy this TV here.


3. Sharp 13F-M100

New/Used: Black
Color: n/a
Price: $68


Sharp 13F-M100
AC powered, with on/off, volume, & channel controls on the front face—this is a straight-forward TV out of the 1990s.

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4. Sony Trinitron

New/Used: Used excellent condition
Color: Black
Screen Size: 24”
Price: $1211


Sony Trinitron
The Trinitron line was well-known for its display quality during the 90s, this one was likely produced in the early ‘90s. This machine is in excellent condition, with minimal wear. It comes with a remote and service manual.

Buy this TV here.


V) Retro TVs

1. 1940s Pilot Radio TV

New/Used: Good condition, inoperable
Color: Grey
Screen Size: 3”
Price: $250



This machine features a tiny 3” screen in the center of the front face—one of the very first portable TVs.

Buy this TV here.


2. Admiral Brand

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Tan
Price: $177



A dial-controlled mid-century style TV, it works well, turning on, but doesn’t catch channels (as they’re all digital nowadays).

Buy this TV here.


3. Capehart Decorative

New/Used: Used, heavy wear
Color: Brown
Price: $295


Capehart Decorative
A Capehart TV cabinet that has been heavily worn, this piece is being sold as a decorative piece rather than a functional TV.

Buy this TV here.


4. Crosley 11-445MU

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Brown
Price: $300



A TV in a lovely wood case, this TV has been maintained in a museum’s storage for a while. It’s in good functional condition.

Buy this TV here.


5. Curtis RT068

New/Used: Good used condition, manual included
Color: Black
Screen Size: 5”
Price: $76


Curtis RT068
A combination TV & AM/FM radio receiver with a headphone jack for private listening.

Buy this TV here.


6. Emerson Brand

New/Used: Good working condition
Color: Tan
Price: $175


Emerson Brand
Space age looks and front-panel dials suggests a mid-century origin point for this TV. It is in good overall condition, and fully functional.

Buy this TV here.


7. Emerson EWC0902

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Black
Screen Size: 9”
Price: $170


Emerson EWC0902
This 9” TV is designed to function off AC or DC power, so it can work in a vehicle (although securing straps are missing) or at home. It has a built-in VCR player & a remote control.

Buy this TV here.


8. General Electric BAL202-VY

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Black and white
Price: $75


General Electric BAL202-VY
An alarm clock and TV in one made by GE. This machine turns on, but it is unclear if it can still connect to channels.

Buy this TV here.


9. Goldstar Travel

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Gold
Price: $30


Goldstar Travel
A portable TV/radio in good condition, minimal cosmetic damage and fully functional. It has a headphone jack for private listening, with side dials for controls.

Buy this TV here.


10. JVC Videosphere

New/Used: Good working condition
Color: White
Price: $350



This space-helmet sphere is in good condition, with only minor surface wear. The screen inside is also in good condition, and ready for use.

Buy this TV here.


11. Memorex 5.5”

New/Used: Good used condition
Color: Blue
Screen Size: 5.5”
Price: $59



This miniature (by today’s standards) TV will operate with a VCR reader … although it’s a matter of buyer’s curiosity to see what else it can cooperate with.

Buy this TV here.


12. Portavision Memorex

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Blue
Price: $50


Portavision Memorex
This Portavision machine comes with a Sony case in matching colors, it has been well-cared for and is in excellent condition.

Buy this TV here.


13. RCA SpaceSaver Colortrak

New/Used: Used working condition
Color: White
Screen Size: 9”
Price: $150



This RCA TV is designed to be “space saving” for its age, excellent for a retro gaming experience! It’s functional and comes with a remote control.

Buy this TV here.


14. Rhapsody TVS-628

New/Used: Used
Color: Black
Screen Size: 4.5”
Price: $45


Rhapsody TVS-628
A miniature TV controlled by sliding dials on the front face. The power cord is a replacement.

Buy this TV here.


15. Sears Roebuck Wood Grain

New/Used: Good apparently working condition
Color: Gold & wood
Screen Size: 13”
Price: $50


Sears Roebuck Wood Grain
This is a lovely mid-century styled TV with front panel knob controls and a B&W screen.

Buy this TV here.


16. Tele ELTVBW2

New/Used: Used good condition
Color: Black
Screen Size: 5.5”
Price: $75


Tele ELTVBW2
A portable B&W television & radio combo with both AC & DC power. It is in excellent condition and ready for use!

Buy this TV here.

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