A local consignment shop recently received a donation from a Monopoly board game collector, which consisted of over 500 games. Well, that was certainly something I had to see…
This photo shows just a fraction of the collection. You name it, there was an -opoly in those stacks for it–colleges, cities, movies, etc. There were three more rows of games behind this one.
With the help of a friendly staff member, I waded through every stack, hoping to find a Batman game. Sadly, Batmanopoly must have been the only version of the Monopoly missing from those stacks, but I did manage to find a few that will fit well in my collection…
Of course I gravitated to the pop culture Monopoly games. I ust love the graphics on these boxes, especially that G.I. Joe one.
After doing some research on eBay, it seems like the consignment shop could do well if they opened the boxes and sold off the pewter playing pieces individually, but who wants to deal with that headache?
Many of the games are fairly worthless, but collectors seem to really enjoy the playing pieces, which can go for $5-10 each!
The amazing thing to me is that all these games are still sealed in their shrinkwrap. I wonder if the original owner ever played Monopoly, or if it was one of those collections that just got out of hand. I can’t imagine having this many board games–you would need an entire room to hold them all.