How to Spot Valuable Board Games 65

Valuable Board Games

People collect a lot of things. From sports collectibles, to books and antiques; there are collectors for everything. Board games are no exception. There are a lot of people that collect board games, myself included since I own hundreds of board games. With collectors comes value so as board games have become more popular, the prices for rare board games have risen quite a bit lately. While most board games are worth very little, there are plenty of board games worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Being a collector of board games for quite a few years, I have run into a lot of board games. Many I have kept for myself but I have also sold off hundreds of games that either weren’t for me or the value was too enticing not to sell them to get some money to purchase other games. I have learned quite a bit about board game values from my years collecting them and this post is going to outline what I have learned. I don’t profess to be an expert on the topic but these guidelines should help you with what to look for in valuable board games. These are only tips as there are games that will defy these tips.

Condition Is Key

Like with every other collectible, condition is very important for a board game’s value. Condition is not going to make a worthless game valuable but it is big in determining the value of a rare game. A rare game in good condition can sell for multiple times more than the same game that is in poor condition.

Unopened/unplayed games generally sell for a premium. While I don’t really care if a game is new or not, many collectors like unopened games for a couple reasons. A game that has never been played before is guaranteed to have all of the components which is key for a lot of rare games since it is hard to find parts for these games. It can be a hassle to find the missing parts for a game and collectors will pay a premium for not having to find the pieces that a game is missing. Sealed games are also more likely to have boxes in good to great condition which is really important to some collectors.

It is really hard to find rare games in an unopened condition. Condition is still key even if the game is opened. The most important thing is that the game has all of the pieces. You wouldn’t want to play a board game that is missing pieces and collectors don’t want a board game that is missing pieces. A game that is missing non important pieces like dice or playing pieces are less likely to be affected as games that are missing key components. Missing even one piece, even a minor one, drops the value of most games by a significant amount but the games still have some value. Some collectors will buy incomplete games hoping to get the missing parts from other people. Game pieces for rare games can also sell for a lot of money especially if it is a game that is regularly missing pieces. For example I have sold individual parts for the game Fireball Island on eBay for $20 each. If you find a rare game that has a lot of the pieces but not all of them you can make quite a bit of money selling the pieces off individually to people that are just missing a couple pieces from their copy of the game.

Just having all of the pieces is not enough for some collectors though. The condition of the contents is important as well. If a person is paying a lot for a game they are looking for a game in good condition. Creases in cards or the board, broken pieces, and other imperfections in the components will affect the value of the game. The quality of the box in particular is really important since a lot of people like displaying their rare games so a good box is important. Poor condition doesn’t mean the game is worthless but you will get a lot less for a game in bad shape than a game in great condition.

Being Old Does Not Necessarily Make A Game Valuable

The first thing people think makes a game valuable is age. If a game is old it must be valuable right? In the world of board games that is true to a point. Being old rarely if ever decreases the potential value of a game. If you can find a board game from the early 1900s (1930s or earlier) or even the 1800s it is likely to be worth money. A lot of board games from the late 1800s and early 1900s were made of paper and wood. Through the years many of the games from this era have been destroyed, damaged, lost pieces, or thrown away. Thus finding games this old is quite rare and if you do find one they likely won’t be in good condition. Most of the copies still in existence are already in the hands of a collector. If you can find one though it will likely be worth a lot of money.

There are some exceptions though with a big one being the game Monopoly. You might own a really old copy of Monopoly from the 1930s or 1940s and think it must be worth a lot of money. Unfortunately old Monopolies are not worth nearly as much as you would expect. The main reason is that so many copies of the game were made that despite being really old, many of the older copies of the game are still in existence. The only old Monopolies that are actually worth a lot of money are the first copies made.

The odds of you finding really old board games is not particularly high so what about more recent games. In most cases if the game is newer than the 1960s or 1970s, the age is not really going to affect the value. There are a lot of valuable games made after the 1960s but they are usually valuable for one of the other reasons listed below. Starting in the 1960s and 1970s board games were starting to be mass produced and games made after the 1960s are new enough that a lot of copies are still in existence which drives down a game’s value.

Has the Average Person Heard Of It

One of the first things you should ask yourself about a game is if the average person has heard of the game. If you asked random people on the street if they know a particular game and half (or more) of them have heard of it, it is unlikely to be worth anything. Your copy of Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, etc are not going to be worth anything. Outside of rare special editions or editions made with expensive components, popular/well known games aren’t worth anything because they have been printed so many times in the past. With so many games made, anyone who wants the game can find a copy for cheap.

This doesn’t mean that a game no one has heard of will be worth something. If no one wants a game because it is bad or everyone who wants the game already has a copy, the game will have no value. Hundreds to thousands of games are made every year so there are a bunch of games that no one has heard of before. It is more likely that a game that people haven’t heard of before will be worth more than a game that everyone has heard of.

The Theme Is Key

Quite possibly the most important factor in determining value (outside of supply and demand) is a board game’s theme. A board game’s theme is key for a lot of collectors.

The themes that do best for older board games (can be the opposite for new games) are movies, television shows, cartoons, singers, sports stars and anything else from pop culture. Games about wars and other specific events can also be sought after by collectors. The reason these games are valuable is that there are multiple types of collectors interested in the item. Board game collectors are obviously interested but fans of the theme will also be interested in the game to add to their collection of that movie/show/character/etc.

The theme is most important for games made in the 1960s/1970s and earlier. It doesn’t have much effect on more recent games because a lot of these games are mass produced so most copies have survived. In the future more recent games may go up in value based on their theme as people become more nostalgic for the theme.

The Publisher Matters

A board game’s publisher can have an impact on a game’s value. Some publishers are well known for creating fun games or games with great components which drives up the prices of their games. Other publishers generally mass produce their games so their games usually aren’t worth much. If you have heard of the game’s publisher and the game is a newer game, it is likely not going to be worth mush. Milton Bradley, Hasbro, and Parker Brothers games in particular are rarely worth anything unless they are quite old. If you find a game from any of these companies that was made prior to 1940 though they could be worth money (except for Monopoly).

Most really old board games are worth money especially if they were made by companies that no longer exist. Games made by the McLoughlin Brothers in particular are worth quite a bit of money. They were actually one of Parker Brothers biggest rivals until Parker Brothers bought them out in 1920. A lot of these old board game companies went out of business a long time ago (many during the Great Depression).

Since a lot of these really old games are already owned by collectors, there are more modern game publishers that have made a lot of valuable board games.

One company in particular is Avalon Hill. Avalon Hill is still around even though they are currently a subsidiary of Hasbro. Before joining Hasbro, Avalon Hill was well known for their war games and detailed strategy games. Avalon Hill’s war games in particular are usually pretty valuable. A lot of their games were never massively produced because a lot of their titles are gauged towards specific audiences. Their fans love their games though so some collectors are willing to pay quite a bit of money for them. Most Avalon Hill games come with a lot of cardboard components though so they can be missing pieces.

3M mostly made simulation and strategy games. Their main line of games were the bookshelf game series which featured board games the size of books that you could fit on your shelf. Some of 3M’s more popular games aren’t worth much but some of their games can be worth quite a bit.

TSR is another board game publisher that has made a lot of valuable board games. TSR mostly made tabletop RPGs like the original Dungeons and Dragons. A lot of their games didn’t have large production runs and were never reprinted so if you want a copy of the game you need to purchase one of the original copies.

Desirable Genres

Some board game genres tend to be more valuable than others.

One genre in particular that creates a lot of valuable games is the war game. War games are one of the oldest genres and have a dedicated fan base. The fan base isn’t huge though so a lot of these war games weren’t mass produced. A lot of these war games are highly detailed and some can be based on very specific wars/battles. Generally the more specific/obscure the battle/war, the more valuable the game will be. The more detailed the game is (number of components) can be a good indicator of value as well. Avalon Hill is probably the biggest and most well known war game publisher.

Miniature games are also generally quite expensive. Miniature games are games that use a bunch of little figures for gameplay. An example is Warhammer 40K. The figures generally feature a lot of detail which means they cost a lot when they were originally sold and usually hold their value over time.

Tabletop RPGs can also be quite valuable especially if they are more obscure and had only one printing. TSR RPGs in particular can be worth quite a bit of money. The tabletop RPGs that are worth the most are usually the games that feature specific/strange themes that aren’t your typical RPG adventures.

Original MSRP

If a game originally sold for over $100, it is likely to still be worth quite a bit of money even in a used condition. Special editions of board games usually include higher quality components which lead to higher prices.  A lot of collectors are looking for the special editions of their favorite games because they want the higher quality components. Some special editions originally sold for hundreds to thousands of dollars. These special editions can be worth a lot more than they originally sold for because many times there is more demand than supply.

Two ways to tell how much a game originally cost is to look at the quantity and quality of the components.

Quantity is a good way to indicate the original cost of a lot of games. If the game comes with a lot of components (outside of cards) it was probably pretty expensive when it was originally made. Games that include a lot of figures in particular are usually expensive and usually retain their value if all of the pieces are included.

Quality is also a sign of the original cost. Obviously the special editions made with expensive materials like gold or jewels are going to be valuable just based on the materials used. Quality is also shown in the detail put into figures and other game components. If the game has a lot of custom components and it looks like a lot of time was spent creating the components, the game was probably pretty expensive.

The Forgotten Gems

For every Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, etc. there are many board games that failed to ever grow an audience. These games never became popular enough to be re-released. Since these games were never re-released there aren’t a lot of copies of the game in the world. Even if the games never became popular, these games do have their fans. People remember playing these games and are longing to play them again or they just heard about them and want to try them out. Since these games are rare due to their limited popularity, people are willing to pay quite a bit of money for them.

Most games from the 1970s to mid 1990s are generally worth very little. A lot of these games were mass produced and the games that were popular have been reproduced many times over. This time range is ripe for these forgotten gems though. From the 1970s to the mid 1990s companies like Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley made a lot of children’s games. A lot of these games bombed and were never made again. People enjoyed some of these games though and are willing to pay more than you would expect to relive childhood memories. In particular children’s dexterity games and games that use electronic components seem to be a lot of these forgotten gems.

Some examples of forgotten gems include Fireball Island and Dark Tower. Both of these games were made by Milton Bradley in the 1980s. Usually Milton Bradley games from the 1980s are not worth much but both games regularly sell from $200-$300 and parts from games like Fireball Island regularly sell for $20+. The reason these games are valuable is because a lot of people really like these games despite not being very popular when they first came out. Players have lost their copies of the games over the years or people have just recently heard about the games and want their own copy of the game which drives demand for the games.

This doesn’t just apply to children’s games. There are a lot of teen/adult games that just never took off despite being good games. A lot of people purchase these games because they want to play a game that they missed out on when it was first released. These cult games can really grow an audience which drives up the price. The only concern with these types of games is that they sometimes get reprinted if the demand reaches a certain level which can significantly reduce the game’s value.

These are the valuable board games you are most likely to find because it includes more recent games which are much easier to find since more copies were produced and they are newer so more copies are still in existence. Most of these games aren’t worth hundreds of dollars but you can somewhat easily find games worth $60-$100.

Adult Games Over Children’s Games

Usually a game gauged towards teens/adults will be worth more than a game that was made for children. Children’s games are usually not worth a lot for a couple reasons. Children’s games are more likely to be mass produced than teen/adult games. If a children’s game was not memorable, an adult is not going to want to buy it to relive their memories or play the game with their children. Most children’s games are not very fun for adults so nostalgia is usually the driving force for children’s game prices. There are a lot of children’s games that people are nostalgic for but board game manufacturers know this and they usually reprint games that were popular. The children’s games that are worth money are the games that were somewhat popular but were never reprinted.

Adult games are usually a better bet to be valuable. I think the main reason is that they are more enjoyable for collectors to actually play. While some collectors might be fine with just putting the game on the shelf, most people want to play their games. While you might have fond memories of the games from your childhood, it is likely that they won’t live up to your memories of them.

The Stranger The Better

If you ask yourself the question “Why was this game ever made?”, it could be a sign that the game could have some value. Some collectors, myself included, like weird games/topics. Games based on strange themes are rarely ever mass produced so there aren’t many copies available. This usually leads to more valuable games. Generally this applies more to older games than newer games since companies are starting to make games based on stranger themes as the hobby continues to grow.

Stunning Artwork

Some collectors buy board games to be able to play them while other collectors buy board games for display purposes. For these later collectors it doesn’t always matter if a game is good if the box and/or gameboard have really cool artwork and the components are in good shape. Just like some people collect records for their cover art, the same applies to board games.

Collectors who are interested in artwork want colorful and interesting artwork. A box with generic artwork is not going to be that interesting to collectors. Is the box something you could see someone setting up in their home for decoration/art? If yes the game could hold some value if some of the other factors are true as well (age is pretty important for box artwork). In addition to the boxes, collectors are also interested in games with really colorful and interesting gameboards. People like to display gameboards that have really nice artwork.

Desirable Designers

Just like people have their favorite directors, a lot of people have favorite board game designers. These people will buy almost every game made by the designer. This means that every game made by that designer has demand. There aren’t many designers whose whole collection of games are valuable though. Most well known designers have some valuable games but most of their games are not that expensive. The designers whose whole collection is valuable are those designers that make high quality games in limited runs. Some designers know that their games have a limited audience and thus their games aren’t mass produced. This means their games can get quite expensive.

The Game Is Actually Good

While pretty obvious, if a game is good it is likely to be worth more. Who wants to buy a bad game? Most good games are actually pretty cheap because they are mass produced to meet demand. A good game that isn’t mass produced though can be worth a decent amount of money. These games regularly get reproduced in order to capitalize on their popularity which drives down prices. A good place to check whether a board game is good is Board Game Geek.com.

Where to Check Board Game Values and Sell Them

So you think you have a valuable board game? You now have to do your research. Checking sites like Board Game Geek can give you an indication of whether a game is rare. The best way to know if a board game is valuable though is to just look it up. The two main places to buy and sell board games are Amazon and eBay.

Of the two I personally prefer selling games on Amazon. I prefer Amazon for one simple reason, you can usually get more for a game on Amazon than you can on eBay. Amazon also has the benefit that you don’t have to pay any fees until the item sells. Since most expensive/rare games don’t have large markets, you need to be willing to wait for the right person to buy your game. You might incur a lot of listing fees relisting an item on eBay over and over again waiting for the right person to find the item.

Amazon and Amazon buyers are a lot pickier than eBay though. If your game is in poor condition, you might not want to sell it on Amazon. If the game is missing pieces I would highly recommend selling it somewhere else. The other issue with Amazon is that a decent amount of rare games won’t be found on Amazon and therefore you can’t sell them on the site. If the game doesn’t currently have a product page, you have to create your own listing page for the item and that can only be done if the game has a UPC code. To sell on Amazon you need to read the selling guidelines closely and follow them or Amazon can revoke your selling privileges quickly.

eBay is a good choice for selling a game if your game is rare and is likely to create a bidding war. In general if the game is not really rare it probably won’t sell for as much on eBay than it would on Amazon. eBay sellers are generally not as picky though so you can sell games in worse condition and even games that are missing pieces. Be sure to be thorough in your description of the item though because collectors expect the item to arrive in a condition similar to that of which you described. eBay is also better than Amazon since you can list any game you want (with a few exceptions) and don’t have to worry about finding a product page for the item. If the game is not in high demand though you might have to pay listing fees every time you relist the item.

The third place I would look to sell a game is on Board Game Geek. Board Game Geek has a marketplace where people can list games for sale. The good thing about Board Game Geek is that it could be much easier to find someone who wants your game since Board Game Geek caters to board game fans. Items in the marketplace are displayed on the page for the game that you are selling so anyone who is interested in that game will see your listing. The one problem is that Board Game Geek doesn’t get the traffic that Amazon on eBay get so you might not get as many people to see the product listing.

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Do you currently own any valuable board games? What games do or did you own? Am I missing any tips on spotting valuable board games? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


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  • Todd

    hi there, recently got some old board games and was wondering if they are worth much or not??? some i cannot find on the net either are rare or not worth anything. you sound like you know what you are talking about, could i send some pics and have you look at them?
    thanks!
    Todd

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      The first thing I would do would be to check if the games are on Amazon or eBay. If they are on either site that should give you a pretty good idea of whether the games are valuable. If you were looking to sell the games they likely will sell for more on Amazon than eBay but you can only list them on Amazon if they already have a listing page or the game has a barcode which wouldn’t be the case with any game made before 1973. If the games are older than the 1960s or 1970s they most likely won’t be on Amazon since there aren’t many really old games on the site. If you can find results on eBay I would recommend looking at the completed listings (there is a spot on the left sidebar that lets you sort results) since completed listings actually shows what an item sold for. Just because a person lists a game for a lot of money doesn’t mean that it actually is worth money.

      If the games are not on either Amazon or eBay, a good source would probably be BoardGameGeek.com. BoardGameGeek is a great website to find out about more obscure board games. If the games are not on BoardGameGeek or there isn’t a lot of information on the page about the game, I would say that the games could be pretty rare and could be valuable if there are people interested in them and looking to purchase them. Interest in the game is probably going to depend on factors such as the theme of the game, condition, and the other things I mention in the post.

      I hope this helps you. If you can’t find any information about the games, feel free to leave another comment with the titles of the games and maybe a short description of what the games are like/about and I will see if I can find any information on the games.

      Eric

  • Sue Snyder

    I have 2 games found in an old building but still in good condition. One is “Dallas in a box” by Late for the Sky production company. The other is “Vince Lombardi’s Games Inc of Lakewood NJ. I have been unable to find these anywhere to check on their value. Can you help me please?
    Thank you,
    Sue Snyder

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Based on some quick research I think one of the games could be worth a moderate amount while the other unfortunately is not going to be worth much.

      If your Dallas in the Box is this game, it unfortunately is not worth much. I would say it is only worth a couple dollars up to maybe $10. These Monopoly “clone” style games usually aren’t worth much unless they are really rare (usually not the case) or are based on a controversial topic.

      Your other game Vince Lombardi’s Game is a somewhat different story. If your game is this one, it isn’t worth a fortune but it has some value. Being a big Green Bay Packers fan I actually own a copy of the game which I hope to play soon and post a review on this site. As far as value it tends to fluctuate a little on eBay and it is not listed on Amazon. Currently I am seeing copies selling between $20-$60 on eBay. I think that is a little on the low side because it is currently the offseason and the game should sell for more during the football season and will probably sell for themost around November to early December since you will then get Packer fans wanting to buy the game for a Christmas gift. Condition is going to matter quite a bit though. Does the game have all of the contents? What does the box look like (split corners, stains, creases, tears, marks, etc.)? Condition is going to be important since Packer fans who want to buy the game as a collectible will likely want to display it in their homes so if the box is in good condition it will likely sell for more.

      If you were thinking about selling the game I would suggest waiting until at least the start of football season and I would probably recommend waiting until closer to November due to Christmas shopping. Since the item is not listed on Amazon you wouldn’t be able to sell it on Amazon. If you wanted to sell it I think the best options would be either eBay or Board Game Geek. Taking good pictures and describing the condition of the game the best you can should help make the game sell for more. Since the prices are currently fluctuating quite a bit though I can’t give you an exact value. I would guess that it would sell for at least $20 and probably closer to $50 or more if you sell it during the football season. You never know how many people will be looking for the game though so I can’t give you an exact figure.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Korey Jackson

    Hello my name is Korey Jackson and I recently found a boardgame named “The New Game of Human Life” from 1790. It is in good condition and I would to know if its worth anything. Please send me your email address so I can show you pictures of the boardgame.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I am assuming that you are talking about this game. The New Game of Human Life was made back in 1790 and is a roll and move game that involves the journey through a man’s life from childhood to old age.

      The one issue with a lot of really old games is that the publishers didn’t put the actual print date on games. The New Game of Human Life was originally made in 1790 but was apparently reprinted at least a couple times throughout the years.

      The true value of the game comes down to if it was an original printing or one of the earlier reprints. If it is the original printing or one of the first re-prints I would guess the game could be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars. Five years ago someone on BoardGameGeek listed an early version of the game for $800. I don’t now if it ever sold but a game from the 1790s in good shape should sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars.

      If you think the game looks like it is over 200 years old, I would suggest looking into finding someone that could maybe verify the game’s age. I unfortunately wouldn’t be able to help you with that. If the game turns out to be around 200 years old I would guess that it would be worth a lot of money and I would look into finding an auction house that specializes in board games and toys since I don’t know if eBay would be the best place for an item so rare. If the game is not that old though I think it could still have some value as long as it is not a recent reprint (less than 50 years old). I don’t know if it would be worth hundreds of dollars but it should still have some value.

      I wish you luck in finding out more about your game.

      Eric

  • Gemma barker

    Hi just wondering if you can help, I have the world of Warcraft 10th anniversary mahjong set limited edition you cannot seem toget this anywhere it’s brand new I was just wondering for some information on this and if you can tell me what it’s worth thanks I can not find anybody who knows anything about it.

  • Gemma barker

    Hi please can anybody help me I have a mahjong board game it’s a 10 th anniversary world of war craft special edition mahjong set this seems to be so rare does anybody know what this could be worth or how many were made as I really struggling to find out.thanks Gemma

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Usually special editions of board games can be worth quite a bit of money. World of Warcraft is also still pretty popular so that should make the game more valuable. I am guessing the game doesn’t say anywhere on the package how many copies of the game were made? Also does the package say when the game was made?

      Looking at eBay I found two different types of World of Warcraft Mahjong sets. A Mists of Pandaria set had one listing for $550 but it didn’t sell. There were also a couple 2015 sets from Blizzcon. These sets sold from around $200-$300. If your set is a different version I would guess that it would be worth around the same unless the quality of the components are significantly higher or lower quality than these listings which would make it worth more/less.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

      • Gemma barker

        Hi thanks for replying yes it’s different the one in 2013 they made 1000 of them the one I have got is the 10th anniversary one it’s really difficult to find any information on I found one in America on eBay which sold for 1199 dollars in 2015 since then can’t find anymore for sale I have been told that they were realesed to Asia side of the world and there none over the Weston side weather this is true I was told it’s so so rare.i would like to thank you for your reply.

  • Gillian Reed

    I have original board games from when my kids were little they are in there 30s now battling tops Ker plunk ghost castle I was wondering if they are worth anything.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello. thank you for your question.

      Battling Tops has some value. Based on Amazon the 1969 version and 1986 version seem to be worth around $40-$50. Battling Tops seems to sell for closer to $20-$30 on eBay. This is typical since most board games sell for more on Amazon than eBay.

      Ghost Castle does not appear to be listed on Amazon so it can’t be sold there at this time. Ghost Castle seems to sell for around $40 on eBay though. It probably will sell for more as we get closer to Halloween though.

      Of the three Kerplunk is probably worth the least. This is mostly due to it being the most well known/recognizable of the three games. Being the most well known game, it had more copies made and there have been several reprints of the game throughout the years. This reduces the value of the game since unless a person wants a specific version of the game you can find a cheaper new version of the game. The 1967 version of the game is around $40 on Amazon but most of the newer versions are worth $20 or less.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • jackie roode

    i have a 1985 “The Charades Game,published by playtoys industries, it has a picture of four adults on the box, the seal is still in tact, i would like to know how much it is worth, i bought it to play it, but i thought i would see if it is too valuable to open it, i would appreciate any info. thank you jackie roode

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I wasn’t able to find any information about the 1985 The Charades Game made by Playtoys Industries. While the game could be worth something I don’t think it would be worth much. The main reason I don’t think the game will be worth that much is that Charades is a public domain so any publisher can make their own Charades game. Due to this fact there have been a lot of different Charades games made throughout the years. With all of these different versions of the game, none of the versions of Charades seem to be worth much. Being sealed would make the game more valuable but unless this version of Charades is really rare and people really want it, I don’t see it being worth much.

      I hope this helps with your decision of whether to open the game.

      Eric

  • Kathryn Scatchard

    Hello Eric

    I have a 1974 Ariel Kingmaker board game – it was removed from the box once when first purchased (in the 70’s) but has never been played… I have checked and it’s complete. There are a couple of marks on the box and a small crease to the right side of the midline join on the board but it still lies flat when opened.
    Is this a game that is sought after? Any information you may have would be much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    Kathryn

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Thank you for the question.

      Kingmaker is a 1974 war game about the War of the Roses which took place in 1400s England. While Ariel made the original version of the game in 1974, two years later it was picked up by Avalon Hill who was well known for making war games. Kingmaker has a lot of the things that you are looking for in a valuable board game. First it is a war game which probably means that it didn’t have a huge print run. These types of games were pretty niche since not a lot of people want to play a game about war in 1400s England. The game was also picked up by Avalon Hill which means that it is a pretty well regarded game. The game is actually well received by the board game community as evidenced by Board Game Geek. The game also has not had a recent reprint since the latest version of the game was released in 1988. Your copy having all of the pieces is also important since these older war games came with a lot of small pieces which are really easy to lose so it is hard to find a complete copy.

      Looking at Amazon I found a couple versions of the game for sale. The 1976 Avalon Hill Version currently ranges from $75 to $100 for a copy that has all of the pieces. The 1988 Avalon Hill version also sells for around $100.

      There are a couple catches though. First the 1974 Ariel version of Kingmaker is not currently listed on Amazon so you won’t be able to sell it on the site unless the game has a barcode and you make a listing for the game. This means that if you want to sell the game you will have to sell it on eBay, Board Game Geek or somewhere else. The problem is that the game doesn’t sell for as much on these sites. On eBay the game sells for closer to $20-$40. This is actually pretty typical of eBay since board games never sell for as much on eBay as they do on Amazon. It also doesn’t help that Kingmaker probably doesn’t have a lot of interest in it (being a niche game) so sellers get impatient and drop the price quicker than they do on Amazon. This is probably part of the reason why the game doesn’t sell for as much as it does on Amazon.

      Now on Board Game Geek Kingmaker seems to be going for more like $40-$50 if it has all of the pieces. Board Game Geek usually has a pretty good grasp on how much a game is worth since the site is for board game enthusiasts so they generally have a good idea of what the game is worth.

      So the value of the game will probably depend on where you would sell it. On eBay and Board Game Geek the game sells for around $40-$50. If the game has a barcode you can make a listing for it on Amazon and I would price the game closer to $100. I will warn you ahead of time that it could take over a year to sell on Amazon. The game should sell quicker on eBay or Board Game Geek but it won’t sell for as much. A positive in your case is that the game has all of the pieces. The wear on the box and the small crease on the board may slightly affect the value but you are going to have those issues with any game from the 1970s that has been opened.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Jesse Ngavavia

    1930-1940 War Puzzle Game
    Hitler vs Enemy
    Can you tell me is it of any value
    And have you heard of its product company nobby produts.LTD.?
    Thanks …waiti g 6our reply

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I have never heard of the the puzzle game Hitler Vs Enemy before. I did some research online to try and find out some information and I couldn’t find anything about the game or the company (Nobby Products LTD) that made the game. This could mean that the game is quite rare or it could mean that there really isn’t a lot of interest in the game.

      As far as a value I can only take a guess at it’s value. To make an educated guess though I would need some more information.

      You list it as a puzzle game. Is it mostly just a puzzle or is it more of a game? In general I would say that a game would be worth more than a puzzle but there are puzzles that can be worth quite a bit if they are old and are of a subject that people are interested in (which based on the title your puzzle game would probably fit since a lot of people are interested in World War 2).

      Is there a copyright date printed on the box? If it is from before the 1970s the copyright date is most likely in Roman numerals so you might have to use an online Roman numeral translator to get the actual date if you don’t know how to translate Roman numerals. If the box has a barcode on it, it has to have been made around or after 1973 since the barcode wasn’t widely adopted until around 1973. If there isn’t a date on the game, how old does it look?

      If it is from the 1930s-1950s it could be worth a lot especially considering the topic. Old board games from the World War 2 era can be worth a lot of money especially if they weren’t reprinted a lot like Monopoly which appears to be the case since I could find no mention of the game online. There are also a lot of collectors of World War 2 memorabilia so World War 2 and board game collectors could be interested in the game. If it is actually from the 1930s-1950s and is more of a game than a puzzle it could be worth hundreds to thousands if it is a rare game that people are actually interested in. This is just a guess though since I could find no information about it online.

      If it is more recent it could still be worth money but it is less likely to be worth a lot. If the game was made before the 1990s it could have some value because based on the title it sounds like it might be a war game which usually had low print runs and there are collectors who really like war games. If this describes the game I could see the game being worth around $50-$300 but I would need more information about the game. A more recent game would have to be rare or was expensive to begin with to be worth a lot of money. If the game looks like it would have cost quite a bit when it was first sold it could still retain some of that value.

      One final thing that will matter is the condition of the game. If the game is really old (1930s-1950s) condition won’t matter as much since in time all copies would have gotten damaged. If the game has all of the pieces and they are in decent shape that is a positive. If the game is missing pieces though or the pieces are in bad shape that will hurt the value.

      I am sorry that this wasn’t a lot of help. Without being able to find anything about the game online it is kind of hard to judge the value of the game. If you can provide me some more information about what type of game it is, the year it was made, or any other information from the box that might be helpful I could maybe give you a better answer.

      Eric

  • Grace Ferris

    Hey, I recently found this game that from what I can tell was made in the 1980’s, called Lords, Lands, and Legends. I’ve only been able to find one small article on board game geeks about the game. It’s in decent condition I think, and it comes with a certificate that says it was one of the first 500 ever produced. Do you have any information about this games possible worth/know where I could possibly try to find more information about it? Like, there are no copies I could find on either Amazon or E-bay, so I have no idea. Thanks so much!!

    -Grace

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Before you brought the game to my attention, I had never heard of the game. Generally the best area to find information about a board game is Board Game Geek which you already looked at. Looking at the information for the game on Board Game Geek it looks like Lords, Lands, and Legends was published by a small company which means that it likely wasn’t widely produced. The game only has one version of the game on Board Game Geek so either no one has updated the page to indicate another printing run or there was only 500 copies of the game ever made. Being made by a small company there is a good chance that there never was a second printing of the game.

      I couldn’t find the game either on Amazon. On eBay I did find one copy of the game which was sold from the United Kingdom. It sold for less than $10 plus shipping back in August. Since this copy didn’t sell for a lot, I wouldn’t say that the game is worth a ton. I think the game could be worth more than that copy sold for though.

      Lords, Lands and Legends probably doesn’t have a lot of demand because a lot of people have probably never heard of it before. Since there aren’t a lot of people looking for the game there wasn’t a bidding war for the copy that sold. The game probably sat for a while and the seller just wanted to get rid of it so they sold it really cheap. Since it doesn’t look like a lot of copies of the game were made, the game is probably pretty rare. If you were patient and willing to wait (months to possibly over a year) you might be able to get around $50-$100 if you could find someone who really wants the game. The game has a lot going for it with it being a family fantasy adventure game that wasn’t widely produced. The question is whether anyone is actually looking for the game.

      Without much of a sales history for the game and little information on the game in general I am just making an educated guess based on the value of other similar games. You might be able to get some money for the game but I would guess that it is not going to be a quick seller. I wish I could help you more.

      Eric

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I am assuming that you are talking about this game.

      A quick look at Amazon and eBay turned up no copies for sale. With no recent sales record I can only make an educated guess which may be high or low.

      Looking at the Board Game Geek page for the game it looks like a children’s dexterity game where you are trying to flip balls into your pan.

      Lets start with the positives. The game is a quirky children’s dexterity game. These type of games usually have some value because they were never reprinted and there probably wasn’t another game made like it. While I don’t know the age of the game, I would guess it was made in the late 1960s to the 1980s. While the age itself doesn’t add value to the game, a lot of children’s games from this era can have value.

      Now for the negatives. First it was made by Sears which is not a well regarded/known board game company. I honestly didn’t even know that Sears made board games. Some people like to collect board games from certain publishers but I doubt there is anyone that is collecting games specifically made by Sears. Second as you mentioned your copy is missing one of the balls. This will affect the value. Children’s games like this regularly lost balls so it is not unexpected but a lot of people like complete games. Some collectors refuse to buy incomplete copies of games. It won’t ruin the game’s value but it will hurt it.

      The big question about the game is whether anyone is actually looking for it. Before reading your comment I had never heard of the game and there is very little information about the game on Board Game Geek. It likely wasn’t a particularly popular game. I am guessing that people would be interested in the game if they knew about it but I wonder how many people are actually looking for it. This is the key to the value of the game. It is the type of game that I would expect could sell for around $50-$100 but I don’t know how much interest there will be for the game. I could see you possibly getting $50-$100 for the game but you will have to be quite patient since I doubt there will be a lot of demand for the game. If you were looking to sell it on eBay it could takes months to over a year to get a price around $50-$100 depending on whether you got lucky and found someone that was looking for the game.

      I am sorry I couldn’t offer anything more than just an educated guess.

      Eric

  • Henry

    I have an unopened board game called “Palladium” that I bought new 30 years ago and the author signed it and said good luck with it. It is the bridge between chess & Checkers. Does anyone know where I can sell it and how much it is worth? Thank you.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      A quick look at Board Game Geek returned no games with the name “Palladium”. I checked on Amazon and eBay and didn’t find anything either. The only results I could find for Palladium involved a RPG and I am guessing that is not the game you are inquiring about. Since there appears to be no copies of the game for sale right now I can only make an estimated guess on the game’s value.

      Since I couldn’t find any information about the game online more information would be helpful in estimating a value. Does the box give a specific date that it was created? Can you find the game’s designer on the box? Is there any other information about the game on the box other than it being a mix of chess and checkers? Without more information it is kind of hard to make an estimation about how much the game could be worth. Some chess/checkers hybrids are worth money while others are not worth that much. The good news regarding value is that the game is sealed and signed by the designer/author which should increase the value. Without more information though I really can’t make an educated guess on value.

      As far as where to sell the game your best guess would be to either list the game on eBay or if there is a local board game shop you may inquire if they purchase board games from customers. If you list the game on eBay you may have to be patient if you want to get maximum value out of the game since the game appears to be somewhat unknown so there probably aren’t a lot of people looking for the game. Unless the game has a barcode you wouldn’t be able to list it on Amazon since it currently doesn’t have a listing and you can’t create a new listing without the game having a barcode.

      I am sorry that I couldn’t be of more help.

      Eric

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I might need a little more information about your game. Looking up Clobber on Board Game Geek returns five different games with that name. I am guessing that your game is either the Gabriel version or the Waddingtons version. If it is not one of these two games can you give me any other information about the game?

      I was unable to find either of these games on Amazon. On eBay there have been a couple of both games listed over the last couple of months. Both games only sold for around $10-$15. These copies were opened but complete. Therefore I would say that these two games would probably not be worth a ton.

      I would not consider it worthless though because people do prefer unopened copies of board games. It is kind of hard to estimate a value though. Unopened copies of games can sell for multiple times what an unopened copy does. Of the two games I would guess that the Gabriel game would sell for more than the Waddingtons game. This is totally a guess but if you could find someone who is looking for the game you may be able to get $50-$100 for the game with it being unopened. If no one is interested in an unopened copy though you probably won’t get much more than you would for an unopened copy.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Before reading your comment I had never heard of Monopoly Stock Exchange. If you are referring to this version of Monopoly Stock Exchange, it doesn’t appear to be super rare but is less common than a lot of versions of Monopoly.

      It turns out that this version of Monopoly is different than your normal Monopoly because players can buy shares in different properties which allows multiple people to own a share of the same property. It also was designed by Reiner Knizia a well known board game designer and was apparently never officially released in the United States.

      A value for the game is a little hard to pinpoint. It has some value but it is not worth hundreds of dollars. Amazon has two listings for it but there are no copies available under either listing: listing one, listing two. On eBay one version sold for around $60, one for around $25, and a bunch of copies that didn’t sell.

      I would guess that you could get between $25-$50 for the game but you might have to be pretty patient since the game doesn’t seem to sell quickly.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Chris

    I have a game that i only found one copy of on ebay and cant find much info on. It is the 1989 larry centers “message” by LCDA i want to find out its worth… Btw i have 5 in original wrapping never opened.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      I will admit that I had never heard of this game before. The game doesn’t even have a Board Game Geek page which means that the game has to be at least uncommon or rare. Honestly the only information I could really find for the game was by looking at the box. Based on the box the game looks like it is a children’s educational/self esteem game.

      Since I can’t find any copies of the game that have sold recently, as far as a value I can only make an educated guess.

      Let’s start with the things that will hurt the game’s value. First the game is pretty unknown since if it was more well known you should be able to find more about it online. Second the game is a children’s self esteem game so the potential audience for the game is mostly adults looking for the game for their children or people who really like Larry Centers.

      There are some positives for the game though. First the game is sealed which always helps the value. Second the game features an ex-NFL player. While Larry Centers only played fullback in the NFL, there may be people who would collect things associated with him. Third it appears that the game is uncommon or possibly rare with how little information there is about the game online. Finally children’s self esteem games can actually have value if it is a game that parents are looking for since I have had some success selling these type of games in the past.

      With no recent sales data my educated guess would probably be around $50 if you can find someone that is looking for the game. If there is a surprising amount of interest you may be able to get closer to $100 with the game being sealed. If no one is looking for the game though it could sell for closer to $20. The value of the game will be determined by how much interest there is in the game which is hard to judge with how little information there is about the game. I will say that if you plan on selling the game you will probably have to be patient because I don’t think it will sell quickly. If you are patient though and there are actually people looking for the game I think you could get at least $50.

      I wish I could give you a more definitive answer. I hope this helped though.

      Eric

  • Kathy

    You mentioned games the stranger the better. I have an unopened 1991 pressman toy company The Adams Family card game. I want to sell it. Do you think there would be interest in it?

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      In my experience the stranger a game is the more likely it is to be worth money. That is not always the case though.

      I looked up your Addams Family card game and it seems to have a little value but not a ton. The item doesn’t appear to be for sale on Amazon. On eBay several sealed copies of the game sold for around $20. If you wanted to sell the game on eBay I would think you could sell it for around $20. If the game has a barcode you could make a listing for the game on Amazon. Since games usually sell for more on Amazon I would estimate that it could sell for $20-$50 on Amazon. It could take quite a while to sell on Amazon though.

      I think the reason that the Addams Family card game (1991 version) is not worth more is due to two things. First the game is somewhat recent being made in the 1990s. Also the game was made to capitalize on the 1991 movie which means that quite a few copies of the game were probably made.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Rose

    I have ” P.M.” ( Trade mark Plus or Minus”} which I think was sold in the 40s.. There was a players club
    .( 192 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon). Is this of interest to collectors? It’s great to play.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I am assuming you are talking about this game.

      In general I would have thought that the game would have some value since it is old and doesn’t appear to have been reprinted for over 50 years. I personally had never heard of the game but it actually sounds interesting.

      I looked up the game on eBay and I was actually surprised that it doesn’t seem to sell for that much. There have been a couple put up for sale recently for $15-$20 on eBay and none of them have sold. This doesn’t mean that the game is worthless but it probably isn’t worth a ton. It probably means that there is not a lot of interest in the game though so if you want to sell the game you will probably have to be really patient.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Fred

    Hello,
    I have different variations of Campbell’s Soup boardgames from circa 1950s-1960s.One is Campbell Kids Shopping Game. I was wondering if this type of game would have any value. I know there are some Campbell Soup collectors out there and just seeing if this type of game would sell and for what value. Thanks!

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      The only Campbell’s Soup board game from the 1950’s-1960’s that I could find any information for was the Campbell Kids Shopping Game that you mentioned. From the little information I could find on the game it appears to be a children’s game where you move around town using a spinner picking up items from different stores.

      The best way to determine a value for the game would be to find copies of the game that have sold recently but I couldn’t find the game on Amazon, eBay or Board Game Geek. I don’t know if this is because the game is rare or it is just a coincidence that none have been put up for sale recently. I would guess at the very least that is is uncommon at this point. Without any past sales data to look at my value estimate for the game can only be a guess since I couldn’t find a lot of information for the game.

      On the positive side the game has the connection to Campbell’s Soup. I don’t really know the Campbell’s Soup collectibles market (not being a Campbell’s Soup collector myself) but I know there are collectors so that should help the value. The age (1955) should also help. Obviously a game from the early 1900’s will probably be more valuable but a game that is over 60 years old at this point should have some value attached to it especially since it is a children’s game which probably endured more wear and tear than most games. If the game still has all of the pieces and is still in decent to good shape for its’ age there should be some value there. As far as the game being a children’s game it could be a positive or a negative. A lot of children’s games that are simple roll/spin and move games don’t have as much value as more unique games but there could also be people who remember the game from their childhoods and may be interested in picking up a new copy after losing their original copy.

      I would have two concerns with regards to value. First the game was made by Parker Brothers which means that more copies of the game were probably made than most board games from the 1950s. If the game was made by a smaller publisher (possibly a company no longer in existence) I would guess that the game would be more valuable since less copies would have been made. This might not hurt the value that much though since collectors of Parker Brothers games may be interested in picking up the game for their collection. The bigger concern is the biggest determining factor of a board game’s value, interest.

      Before bringing the game to my attention, I had never heard of it before. Since the game was released quite a few years before I was born I obviously never played the game as a child. People who have played the game before may have more interest in the game than I would though. With how little information there is about the game online it is hard to judge the interest that there would be for the game. If there is no one really looking for the game it would hurt the game’s value quite a bit. If several people are looking for the game though the value could actually get pretty high if you were to put the game on eBay or a similar website and multiple people bid against one another.

      As I already mentioned my value estimation is just an educated guess due to the little information I could find for the game. Unless there is absolute no interest in the game, I would think you should be able to get at a minimum $50 for the game if it has all of the pieces and is in at least decent shape. If the game is quite rare though and multiple people are looking for the game I could see it going for a couple hundred dollars. It will really come down to how much interest there is in the game though. If you were planning on selling the game though you may have to be patient though since it might take a while to find someone interested enough in the game to pay what the game is worth.

      I wish I could have been more helpful.

      Eric

  • Jeff Smith

    Hello,
    Thanks for the great information! Do you know where I can find out of print game instructions? There’s a few places on the internet that I have found that have some instructions but I am looking for the instructions for The West Edmonton Mall game but I can find anything. Also, is there a site you recommend to get instructions from for any game?

    Thanks

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      Here on Geeky Hobbies I have reviewed around 400 different board games and I include a how to play section in every review.

      For games that I haven’t reviewed I would check out Board Game Geek for rules. Board Game Geek has a page for most board games except for some really niche games. For quite a few of the games there is either a scan of the rules, a overview of how to play the game or a link to a website that has the instructions/explanation on how to play the game. I looked up The West Edmonton Mall Game and it does have a Board Game Geek page. It doesn’t currently have a lot of information about the game but the users on Board Game Geek are usually pretty helpful. If you leave a message on the forums for the game asking for instructions a user that owns the game may either give you a scan of the rules or could give you an overview of how to play the game. It may take a little time though since only 16 people on the website own a copy of the game.

      Unfortunately I really couldn’t find anywhere that actually has the rules for The West Edmonton Mall Game. I am sorry that I couldn’t be more helpful.

      Eric

  • Ernest Kronenwetter

    have sound several old board games and wondering what they are worth and how to get ahold of any collectors that may be interested in buying these. Games are:truth or consequences, michigan rummy, the wizard of oz, go the the head of the class, safely home, smess, finance, paydirt, san juan roulette, emergency, perfection,space tilt, tiddly winks and 13 dead end drive.

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello. I will try to help you as much as I can. For quite a few of the games I am going to need more information though since there have been many different versions of the game made over the years. I will need to know the years/editions/publishers of the following games before I could begin to give you an estimate of their value: Michigan Rummy, The Wizard of Oz, Go to the Head of the Class, Finance, Perfection, Tiddly Winks, and Space Tilt. I also couldn’t find any information for San Juan Roulette so the game must not be well known.

      While Truth or Consequences has several versions, all three versions seem to sell for around $10-20.

      Safely Home seems to sell for around $10-$20 on eBay.

      Smess is hard to gauge since its’ value seems to fluctuate quite a bit. On Amazon the only copy is currently listed for $100. On eBay it seems to sell for $20-60. I would guess the actual value would be somewhere in that $20-$100 value. The game probably is not worth the $100 but the $20 is probably on the low end since games do tend to sell on the low end on eBay.

      Paydirt has value but it is going to be hard to judge without knowing the year since the game was put out every year for quite a few years. On Amazon two of the years are for sale with one being around $80 while the other is $150. On eBay the game usually sells for around $30-$80.

      For Emergency I am assuming you are referring to this game. On eBay this version of Emergency sells for around $20-40.

      13 Dead End Drive seems to sell for around $40 on Amazon and $20-30 on eBay.

      As far as where to sell the games I have three recommendations. If the game currently has a listing on Amazon, Amazon is probably the place where you are going to get the most for games. The games have to have all of the pieces though to be sold on Amazon and it could take quite a while to find a buyer. Your second option is eBay. You should be able to sell the games quicker on eBay but you generally get less for board games on eBay than you would other places. The third option I have would be Board Game Geek. Board Game Geek has a lot of board game collectors so you could try to find people who are interested in specific games.

      I hope this helped.

      Eric

  • Cathy Fox

    Here is a list of games I have. Wondering if any are valuable. Thanks for all the advice given on this web site! Write me if any of the games pop out as valuable or rare. Thanks, Cathy Fox

    • Cathy Fox

      oops…. forgot to list the games I have…..
      MONOPOLY–1940’S-1950’S PARKER BROTHERS–PLAYING PIECES ENCLOSED
      IRON, RACE CAR, THIMBLE, TOP HAT, BATTLESHIP, CANNON, SHOE/BOOT, HORSE AND RIDER–BROKEN OFF PEDESTAL (TEDDY ROOSEVELT)
      MONOPOLY JR.–1990’S
      POKER-KEENO–1960’S
      WHERE IN THE USA IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?
      BOOBY-TRAP–1960’S-1970
      BACKGAMMON
      YAHTZEE
      WORD YAHTZEE
      PROBE–1960’2-1970’S
      PICTIONARY
      CHESS TEACHER
      DON’T WAKE DADDY
      SOLID WOOD TRAVEL MANCALA
      SCRABBLE–1960’S
      BOGGLE–1970’S
      WOODEN MAZE MINUS THE MARBLE
      ARCH-RIVAL BASKETBALL BOARD GAME KENTUCKY VS. LOUISVILLE–1950’S-1960’S
      WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY CHARADES (METAL BOX) 1990’S
      CROSSWORD CUBES–1970’S
      CLUE JR.
      CANDYLAND–1960’S

        • Eric Mortensen Post author

          Hello.

          After a quick look at your list here is my quick analysis.

          The 1940s-1950s Monopoly is kind of hard to pinpoint since so many versions of the game was released during that period. Some sell for only around $20 while others can sell for around $50. Condition will be a big determining factor. The rider being broken off probably won’t help. Does the game have all of the other components that originally came with the game? The main reason that Monopoly is not worth as much as you would probably expect is that Monopoly is probably the most popular board game of all time and thus millions of copies of the game have been made. There was a surprising amount of the older versions printed as well so they aren’t as rare as you would expect. Most people would be fine with a new version of the game so I would guess that the older versions of the game will only appeal to collectors. This is why condition is really important since collectors will likely be looking for the copies in the best condition.

          I couldn’t find a lot of information on the Arch-Rival Basketball. The only thing I could really find was a listing on eBay asking for $50. Without anymore information that is about what I would estimate that it would be worth. The game hasn’t sold yet on eBay though so either there is not a lot of interest in the game so you would have to be patient to get that much.

          The rest of your games I have put in different price ranges. These are just estimates and do fluctuate from time to time. On average though this is about what I would expect you could get from the games. All of these prices are based on copies that are complete and are in at least acceptable condition.

          $30-50
          Booby Trap

          $20-$30
          Poker Keno (depending on version since some versions are cheaper)
          Word Yahtzee (depending on the version since some versions are cheaper)
          Candyland 1960s

          $20 or less:

          Monopoly Junior
          Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego?
          Backgammon
          Yahtzee
          Probe
          Pictionary
          Don’t Wake Daddy
          Mancala
          Scrabble
          Boggle
          Wonderful World of Disney Charades
          Crossword Cubes
          Clue Jr.
          Honeymooners Game
          Sequence

          The following games I would need more information about because there are a lot of similar versions of the game that were created:

          Chess Teacher
          Wooden Maze

          I hope this was helpful.

          Eric

  • Amber Birnbaum

    Hello!!
    I’m having a really difficult time deciding whether or not to open my 30th anniversary Labyrinth board game. My son wants to play it soooooooo bad and I want to keep it in the plastic in case it may be worth something someday. I know these things would be difficult to predict, but in your expert opinion, do you think it will be worth something someday? It’s still being sold for $30-$50 as we speak. I’m guessing they made a ton of them.
    Thank you!!

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      I wouldn’t consider myself an expert but I will try to help you the best that I can.

      First does it say anywhere on the box how many copies of the game were made? With quite a few collector’s/anniversary editions the box says how many copies of the game were created. If there are no numbers printed on the box it usually means that the game was mass produced since companies usually like to promote that limited copies of the game were created. If there were only a couple thousand copies of the game made I could see the value going up if there is future demand for the game. If there were a lot of games made I see it either maintaining its’ value or possibly going down slightly.

      Another question that I would have is whether this was a more expensive game from the start? The collector’s/anniversary sets that are the most valuable are the ones that were pretty expensive to begin with. The collector’s editions that started at $20-$30 are less likely to be valuable than the sets that started at $50-$100.

      I am not sure whether the game’s value will go up in the future. The game came out late last year so the current price probably still reflects the initial sale price of the game. The final value of the game will be determined by how desired the game is by fans of the game. If a lot of copies were made I see it maintaining its’ current value or possibly going down. If there weren’t a ton of copies made though I could see the value going up some in the future. I don’t see it being worth hundreds but if it becomes desired it might approach $100 sealed. It would probably take at least a couple years of the game being out of print before that would happen though. If you were going to sell the game it would probably take some time to sell as well since most people would probably just buy one of the cheaper versions of the game.

      Without knowing how many copies were made my guess is that it would likely stay around its’ current value. I don’t see it becoming really valuable but I could see it going up or down a little. Being sealed will help the game’s value but if it does become really valuable it should still keep quite a bit of its’ value if it is opened and kept in good condition.

      This is just my guess though since some games that you wouldn’t expect become valuable while others you would think would be valuable aren’t. I hope this was helpful.

      Eric

  • Donna Huber

    I recently bought two Parker Brothers board games at a contents sale. One is “Admirals”, No. A-26, looks like 1972 never opened and still wrapped in plastic. The second one is “Masterpiece – The Art Auction Game”, No. 24, 1972 – again never opened and still wrapped in plastic. I’m curious to find out what they might be worth. Thanks!

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      While not worth a ton, Masterpiece has value. Masterpiece in a game that was originally released in the 1970s where players bought and sold paintings in order to make money. I have actually reviewed Masterpiece on Geeky Hobbies. Generally used copies of the game (even if not in great condition) can easily sell for $30-$50 on Amazon. On eBay it sells for closer to $20-$40. With the box still being sealed/new I think you could get quite a bit more. As long as there is not a lot of damage to the box I think you could get at least $70-100 for it on Amazon. You will have to be patient though since it will probably take time to sell as you will have to wait for someone looking for a pristine copy.

      Admirals is a little harder to estimate. Admirals is a 1970s board game that is basically a naval version of the classic board game Stratego. Currently Admirals is listed on Amazon but has no copies currently available for sale. On eBay a sealed copy of the game sold for $35. In general games on eBay sell for less than they do on Amazon. If you were to sell the game on Amazon I think you could put $50-70 on it with it being sealed as long as there is not much damage to the box. This is just an estimate though.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

  • Amanda

    I’ve been looking all over the place, including eBay and game board geek and haven’t been able to find out any info except for a few pics. Wondering if you knew a price for Hasbros 1973 The Batman Game? Thanks in advance from Atlantic Canada 🙂

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      I did a little research online and I was able to find a little information about the game’s value.

      If the game you are talking about is this game, I found one copy of the game that sold on eBay a little over a month ago. That copy sold for $20.

      I would have to say that I was a little surprised that it sold for that little. I do have a couple guesses on why it didn’t sell for more.

      First I think the seller who made the listing for the game could have done a better job explaining the game as well as its’ condition. People are willing to spend more on something if they have a better idea of what they are getting.

      Second with the game being sold on eBay it was unlikely to sell for as much as it could have since games tend to sell for less on eBay than other sites.

      Finally I have a feeling that more copies of the game were made than I originally anticipated. Companies like Hasbro seemed to start publishing larger quantities of board games in the 1970s and with a Batman license I am guessing that they made quite a few copies of the game.

      These are just guesses though. If you were interested in selling the game though I think you could probably still get a little more than $20. I could maybe see $30-$40 but you would have to be patient waiting for someone who really wants the game.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric

      • Amanda

        Thank you for your reply. Our box is slightly different (purple in colour and no silver side bar) but I’m assuming that won’t make any difference. Not the gold mine we were hoping for but still a cool find 😉

  • Candace Abernathy

    Hi i have 2 games 1..is trivial pursuit..genus edition… Baby boomers edition..all the pieces, instructions…notes on play, guide to good times…all included…outside of box isnt in good shape…the game os by 1981 horn abbot ltd. Selchow & Righter co. The other game is… Bunco by fundex games, ltd. 2004 it hasnt been played either, nothing used except the bell an dice are missing… can you tell me anything about them…thanked. Candace Abernathy

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      As far as value unfortunately neither game is really worth a lot. The Trivial Pursuit Baby Boomers game is at most worth $10-$20. Bunco is probably worth less than $10. The reason that the two games aren’t that valuable is that there have been many versions of both games created over the years.

      I am sorry I didn’t have better news for you.

      Eric

  • Noah

    I have a question, I have this black box monopoly, no board , all the original pieces and cards… from my research I’ve done. I saw article that same box in worse condition with the board were on eBay for around 2000$ before the user ended the sale to do a private transaction…
    but I was just wondering , it has the rules of the game paper in as well.

      • Eric Mortensen Post author

        Thank you for the question. I will preface this by saying that I am far from an expert on Monopoly. As far as value Monopoly is one of the hardest board games to judge as there have been so many versions of the game released over the years. Most versions of Monopoly are basically worthless but there are some versions that can be really valuable. The newer versions of Monopoly (newer than 1940-1950) that are worth money are the unique topics/themes that had limited print runs.

        For older Monopolies usually the older it is the better. Based solely on age the game has to be from the 1930s to have much value and not all 1930s versions are that valuable. With so many copies in existence many old copies of Monopoly are not worth as much as you would expect as many copies still exist to this day. Other than the really old versions of the game there are some very specific versions of the game that do have some value because they either had unique playing pieces or there is something unique about the components not present in any other versions of the game. I know some of the sets created during wars that used non-metal playing pieces can have some value. I am not a Monopoly expert though so I wouldn’t be able to tell you which versions of the game fit this criteria.

        Does the game box or any of the components have a copyright date on them? Seeing as I assume your version is quite old, the copyright date likely will be in Roman numerals. To translate the Roman numerals into a date you can find a translator online if you don’t know how to read Roman numerals. I am sorry that I couldn’t offer you more help.

        Eric

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Unfortunately it isn’t worth much. That is mostly because there have been quite a few versions of Scrabble Junior made over the years.

      Eric

    • Eric Mortensen Post author

      Hello.

      To give you a more accurate picture about the value of the game I will need to know more information about your version of the game. It would be helpful to know the publisher and the year of the game.

      Just to get an idea I quickly looked up French versions of Scrabble on eBay. For the most part they don’t seem to be worth a lot. I am guessing this is mostly due to there being quite a few copies of the French version of Scrabble out there.

      The one good thing for the value of your game is that it is still sealed. Games that are sealed are worth considerably more than opened copies. If you have an old version of the game it could be worth a decent amount with it being sealed.

      I hope this helps.

      Eric