Make sure not to throw these away when clearing out the basement!
Here are the top 20 most valuable vintage board games based on a survey of successfully completed eBay auctions*:
1. Be a Manager (1967, BAMCO): $1,500
2. Fortune (1935, Parker Brothers): $1,360
3. War of the Ring Collector’s Edition (2010, Fantasy Flight Games): $1,200
4. Swift Meats Major League Baseball Game (1957, Swift Meats): $1,084
5. Keywood (1995, R&D Games): $860
6. Haunted House (1962, IDEAL): $800
7. The Elvis Presley Game (1957, Teen-Age Games): $799
8. Settlers of Catan 3D Collector’s Edition (2005, Mayfair Games): $775
9. Monopoly (1933, Parker Brothers): $760
10. Lost in Space 3D Action Fun Game (1966, REMCO): $750
11. Axis & Allies 50th Anniversary Edition (2008, Avalon Hill): $588
12. Moon Mullins Game (1927, Milton Bradley): $550
13. Dark Tower (1981, Milton Bradley): $535
14. Boris Karloff’s Monster Game (1965, Game Gems): $522
15. La Bataille de Deutsch-Wagram (1981, Marshall Enterprises): $502
16. War in Europe (1999, Decision Games): $500
17. Case Blue (2007, Multi-Man Publishing): $500
18. Warhammer Quest (1995, Games Workshop): $500
19. Mickey Mouse Snakes & Ladders (?, The Chad Valley Games): $484
20. The Devil’s Cauldron (2008, Multi-Man Publishing): $481
*As of July 28, 2013. Not including artistic, custom, or generic games, or ones made of special materials—for example, hand carved Chess pieces or antique, bone Mahjong sets. Also not including collections, like a series of games or an army of miniatures. And yes, I realize that a few might stretch the meaning of vintage, but all are out-of-print.
I once payed $500 for a copy of Riddle of the Ring. It was in a pack of 4 other vintage ICE games – the Lonely Mountain was in there, as well as the Battle of Five Armies, but I spent it for Riddle of the Ring. Such a damned good game.
About 5 years ago, I paid $85 for an unpunched Dune from Avalon Hill, a game I used to play a ton of during high school. I suspect it would cost a lot more now.
I punched it as soon as I got it!
This is awesome! Thanks for taking the time!! (Btw I love that the Boris Karloff game is on this list!)
You’re welcome. It was your idea.
I own two, Settlers of Catan and Axis & Allies, and was able to see the War of the Ring edition when it was revealed at Essen a few years ago.
I remember thinking during the preorder period for War of the Ring that $450 was probably a good investment. Unfortunately, I didn’t do it.
I do about a dozen thrift shops every week and you just never know what might show up. If there is a list of the top 50 it would be also valuable. Thanx so much for this list. Don/aka Nuff Sed
I haven’t found anything good in my local thrift shops. But one local used bookstore occasionally has some good stuff. I once picked up an Avalon Hill Civilization for $2.
Second game in the Key series:
No Jati? And using Noble Knight prices is a little questionable IMO.
These prices were set in completed transactions in a very active open market, a reasonable index of value, if not the most appropriate one.
I am trying to find the value of Penfield’s Poineers Bi-Centennial Game Any ideas?
The value of any thing is really only what people are willing to pay for it. Some games are bought and sold regularly on active open markets like eBay. Unfortunately, I found no listings or transaction for your game on eBay, not even an entry for it on BoardGameGeek. That doesn’t mean it’s worth nothing, or that it’s worth a lot. It only means you won’t know until you put it up for sale and see what someone offers you.
Was this survey conducted using only prices realized in the week prior to the article being posted?
Some of the prices listed are unique outliers unlikely to be approximated in future sales, while
several dozen games not on this list routinely and reliably command prices several times that of
the top price shown on the list.
Certainly prices vary over time. They also vary with condition. I did not study either of these factors.
No, the study period was more than the previous week. Notice the auction completion dates in most of the images.