Monopoly Limited Collector’s Edition could net you £600
The appeal of board games still spans several generations. Now, a new study puts a price on that nostalgic roll of the dice.
There aren’t many who haven’t tried Monopoly or Scrabble, especially if you were born BI (Before the Internet). But the range of games once on the market offer some hidden gems that could fetch a lot more than the £200 for spending ‘Go’.
Experts at Top10Casinos.com explore the most valuable board games by collecting the classics and using an established UK e-commerce site to reveal the biggest earners.
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Scoring a six is Voice of the Mummy, a three-dimensional game produced by Milton Bradley in 1971 and £762 in today’s money. With typical prices for board games starting at £20, this game could net you 38 times that amount and takes players to the tomb of an ancient pharaoh with a three-tiered path strewn with jewels.
Family favorite Monopoly is the second most treasured classic board game. Specifically, the 1991 Monopoly Limited Collector’s Edition sold for £600. That’s up to 30x resale value on a Monopoly card typically priced at £20 today.
Vintage 1984 Conquest of The Empire takes third place among the most treasured classic board games of all time. This military strategist game can be resold for up to £381 – that’s around £1 a day for next year for something that would otherwise gather dust at home.
The wooden Rummikub game set is the fourth most valuable classic board game on the list. This retro throwback could net you up to £360. It is a tile-based game released in 1978 that combines elements of rummy and mahjong card game.
Finishing fifth is the dimensional adventure game of traps and perils, Fireball Island, sold for £324 released in 1986. The Game Of Life Linen Vintage Bookshelf Edition, Vintage 1972 Clue and Risk 40th Anniversary Edition are also on the list, selling for between £180 and £230 per board game.
the Top10Casinos.com The team says that not only does the physical condition of the game’s box and pieces increase or decrease its value, but the degree to which the game is considered “complete” can be the difference between £100 and £1,000.
Many of the rarest vintage board games are considered collectibles, not only because of how few copies exist, but also because of how well the game was maintained, with many of their small parts intact. In addition to scarcity and condition, the cultural popularity of a board game can determine how interested collectors might be in owning it.
Fandom-related board games (sports, TV, movies, music, etc.) are continually attracting interest at auction, along with well-known family favorites such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo.”
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