3M’s Innovative Bookshelf Games: The Precursors to Today’s Hobby Board Games
When most folks think of the 3M corporate brand, their thoughts most likely turn toward the unmistakable smell of Scotch tape or the canary yellow of Post-It notes. But for veteran game players and collectors, the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company is associated with a line of innovative “Bookshelf” board games produced in the 1960s […]
Star Wars Board Games Have Game-Playing, Monetary Values
George Lucas’ Star Wars saga—both the three great films and three really bad ones—hit Blu-Ray this past week, shattering sales records. There are few media brands as perennial and lasting as Star Wars and its licensing continues to rake in astronomical profits for Lucasfilm year in, year out. Among the slew of Star Wars memorabilia […]
Battleship: Its Value is in the Playing of the Game
“You sank my battleship!” is—without a doubt—one of those iconic catchphrases that kids picked up from commercials shown during Saturday morning cartoons, back when there were Saturday morning cartoons. Of course, this particular juvenile utterance became the tagline for Milton Bradley’s classic guessing game of naval warfare, Battleship. You’d never guess that a board game […]
You May Pass Go, but Do Not Collect $200: Assessing Vintage Monopoly Games
For most folks, the term “board game” is practically synonymous with Monopoly, the venerable game of real estate ownership patented by Charles Darrow in 1934. The game is a ubiquitous cultural institution, its particular iconography and lexicon including the “Mr. Monopoly” mascot and phrases like “do not pass go, do not collect $200” are recognized […]
Collector’s Minute: Albert Ludovici Prints & Puzzles
The artist Albert Ludovici Jr. (1852-1932) was a member of British Royal Academy of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, member of the French school of painting and an admirer of the impressionist style of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, a fellow engraver who lived in Paris at the same time. Ludovici spent his life shuffling between Paris and […]
What Makes a Hobby Board Game Valuable?
Many board games found in antiques shops and other secondhand retailers may not be as valuable as some might hope. More specifically, there exists a subculture of board-gaming enthusiasts such as myself who are not necessarily looking to collect old editions of Risk or Parker Brothers rarities. So what makes that copy of the Avalon […]
Licensed Board Games: Junk or Jewels?
By Michael Barnes What is a licensed board game? Chances are you’ve seen plenty and probably played several in your time. They’re the board games festooned with characters and imagery from television shows, movies or other entertainment media. Whether it’s “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Dick Tracy,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Fantasy Island,” “Pac-Man,” “Desperate Housewives” or […]
Collectible Cribbage Boards
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Cribbage is a game that is more than four centuries old. It’s a card game, but most recognize it by the board used to keep score, known as the cribbage board. Thom Pattie, vice president and Chief Worthologist for WorthPoint.com, recognizes the cribbage board and card set as more than […]
How Much Is That Game in the Window?
The first thing I look for when I stroll up someone’s driveway to a yard sale or as I’m rummaging through the detritus of material culture at an antique retailer or thrift store is board games. Usually, my treasure hunt ends in disappointment as I excavate a ratty, worn-out copy of Trivial Pursuit or an […]