Not long after the game began production at Parker Brothers in 1935, more than 20,000 games were being published each week. With that many games in circulation, the remaining supply is still large enough to keep prices down. However, there are exceptions.
The Value of Vintage Monopoly Games
You're probably not going to be able to finance your child's education by finding an old Monopoly game in your attic and selling it on eBay. A 1935 edition in decent condition sold in early 2003 for just $76; it is usually available on eBay for $200 and has brought up to $380 in recent sales. A 1937 edition with wooden pawns sold around the same time for only $61 and might fetch double that price now if you have one.
The most expensive Monopoly set ever made was a ruby- and sapphire-encrusted creation put together by San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell in 1988. With solid gold houses and hotels, and diamonds in the dice for pips, this game was worth $2 million. You'd already know it if you had this set.
The Franklin Mint produced a deluxe collector's edition that is usually available for $500 to $600 retail and occasionally sold for $200 to $300 on eBay.
Collectible Editions of Monopoly
Early editions of the Monopoly games are valued by collectors.
If you have one of these editions, you may be able to find a buyer willing to pay a premium price to add it to his collection. Vintage games include:
- The white box and black box Monopoly games that were produced in 1934 before Parker Brothers began producing the game. These are extremely rare, and the ones that exist are in collectors' hands. Only 1,000 of the white box Monopoly game were ever released. Many of the 7,500 copies of the black box Monopoly game were never released.
- The 1935 Parker Brothers original Monopoly Game—the No. 7 Black Box—is the ultimate Parker Brothers Monopoly game for collectors. It has the Parker Brothers name and the Trade Mark label on the boxes. An estimated 25,000 games were produced.
- Any game that dates between 1934 and 1954 is difficult to find and therefore fetches a higher price.
Other Collectible Editions
Any sealed-box game fetches a higher price than an open-box game. However, a rare game edition with a damaged box is still a valuable find. Some special editions are particularly popular with collectors. These include:
- The Fine Edition (1946)
- The 50th Anniversary Edition (1985)
- The last official Parker Brothers Edition (1991)
- The Gold Foil 60th Anniversary Edition (1995)
- The Nostalgia Edition (2001)
Where to Find Sellable Monopoly Games
Other than your attic, eBay, and estate sales are good places to look for Monopoly games. EBay has an active Monopoly game collecting audience. You're unlikely to find any hidden jewels on eBay because many collectors follow new entries daily. On the other hand, if you have a valuable game, the bidding at eBay can drive up the price.