Can you tell me if old games such as Monopoly have any value today to anyone? I read your column every week and thought you might know.
Cindy from Manchester
Monopoly from Parker Brothers dates back to the 1930s and is still a very popular game even today, though it now belongs to The Hasbro Co.
If you do some history research on the game it will give you lots of fun information. But to answer your question, yes, older games can be very collectible, and their value depends on age, popularity, condition, graphics, etc.
Monopoly is a great example of a collectible game, but it was so popular even back then that there are still many older games out there to be found. Dating them is all in the metal playing parts called tokens. Your set is from the 1930s because you can see the six original metal tokens.
After the original tokens, the game pieces changed, and today they are all plastic. Even the wooden houses are now plastic. Modern times, modern games. So if you have all the original pieces and game board from the 1930s the value is in the $40 range. Games that date back further and harder to find ones can bring a lot more to collectors. But I think having any game that has made it through time with all the pieces should be worth a lot of money.
I personally have arranged and framed a few Monopoly games, and they make great displays. So if you’re not going to use it to play, consider giving it another life in art.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at email@example.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).