This Is How Much Your Classic Board Games Could Be Worth
The board game business is booming, and it’s not just a result of people staying home. The market is poised to grow to $12 billion within the next few years as families use them more to connect with each other, according to Research and Markets. So, those board games stashed away in your closet? They could be worth a chunk of change.
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Consider the astronomical value of an original Monopoly game, for example: that classic version brought in an incredible $146,500 when sold at an auction. Yes, it’s an extreme case, but a range of classic board games are worth way more than your standard $29.99 price tag.
Some rarer games can sell for thousands of dollars, especially if they are in good condition with all of the playing pieces intact. Here’s a list of high-value vintage board games that have sold at high prices on eBay.
Franklin Mint Monopoly and Scrabble, $2,800
Playing Monopoly can mean making a big fictional fortune, but this never-used original game was worth much more IRL. The seller said they had the games because their father worked quality control for Franklin Mint. The Scrabble-Monopoly duo sold for nearly $3,000.
This vintage social climbing board game by Waddingtons dates back to the 1970s. This set comes in good condition and complete with all the pieces. The goal of the game is to earn money and retire, but selling the game can help buffer the bank account.
The Mansion of Happiness, $1,250
The Mansion of Happiness is rare and historical, dating back to the early 1800s. According to the description, it was originally intended to help children learn good moral conduct, but it earned the seller well over $1,000. The eight-sided board is hand-colored and comes with ivory game pieces stored in a leather pouch.
Not only can these tiles result in hours of fun with family, but they’re worth big money, too. This special version of Settlers of Catan was a 3D collector’s edition that sold for $850. A collector’s edition still could bring in nearly $1,000.
Made in 1957, this baseball-themed game is super rare. This game in excellent condition included six card panels and no pieces punched out—in other words, it’s never been played with. It also had the original mailing envelope and paper playing field for game play, but any actual play would drop the value from the $800 selling price.
According to the eBay seller, this game is number 580 out of only 1,000 special editions of The War of the Ring games that is in existence. This strategic fantasy war game based on “The Lord of the Rings” series was in new condition and worth $750.
The Mighty Hercules, $289.99
Based on the 1963 TV series, The Mighty Hercules board game is “mighty scarce” according to the seller. It brought in nearly $300 and comes with everything to play the game, all tucked away in a bright and clean box. It’s only missing a couple playing cards and one playing figure.
Postal Delivery Boys, $299
This vintage game can go for as much as $2,000, according to the seller, but a used version still earned $299. It dates back to the late 1800s, and this particular version was in excellent condition, considering it’s well over 100 years old. However, the box is faded and the edges are split, with some pieces missing.
Monopoly Canadian edition, $124.99
Parker Brothers has released many special editions over the years, including this Canadian bilingual board. This is a super rare, never-played Monopoly set, which earned the seller $125. The plastic is still intact but there is a bit of wear-and-tear to the corners.
Candy Land, $101
Candy Land was a childhood classic, and its sweet memories could be worth a pretty penny. This 1984 Candy Land Board Game from Milton Bradley brought in over $100. It’s in fair condition, but the directions have been taped back together.