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The Most Valuable Board Games That Could Be Gathering Dust In A Closet

Updated July 25, 2019 27.7k views15 items

We all played board games growing up, but unless you're a hardened collector, there are only a few of us who ever thought those fun and interesting means of passing the time were actually worth any real money. Think about it for a second: Everyone has board games, and people play them until they are missing pieces and falling apart - but therein lies the collector's market. There are a few hard-to-find old board games worth money, and they can fetch a ton of cash in an online auction.

The funny thing about those games is that you might be sitting on one and not even know it. In a box somewhere, perhaps in an attic, or maybe in your basement, there could be vintage board games worth money, such as a copy of Monopoly from way back. If it's in good condition and has all of its pieces, you could be sitting on a goldmine. The most valuable board games are also the games you'd least expect to earn anything off of, but it's time to dust off some boxes, because you might just have one or more of these rare board games worth money hidden in your closet.

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  • Be A Manager (1967)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $1,500

    Why It's Worth So Much: While most sports games are all about playing as an athlete, Be A Manager is all about winning from behind the scenes. This unique angle made the game different and interesting when it came out, but it also kept it from becoming a great seller. For those who did enjoy it, it's all the more collectible and hard to find.

    These games are incredibly rare, and with so many cards and pieces, they're often missing items. On average, a complete set in decent condition sells for around $1,500. The trick is finding one, which is far easier said than done. If you have a copy, even if it's not intact, you're probably sitting on a few hundred bucks at the very least. 

  • 007 Underwater Battle (1966)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $1,300

    Why It's Worth So Much: 007 Underwater Battle is based off of the underwater battle sequence in the movie Thunderball, and its specificity increases its appeal. Like many games made to help sell films, it didn't sell particularly well, which means it's pretty hard to find these days. Another issue with the game has to do with the pieces being easily lost or broken - and there are a lot of pieces.

    The game comes with a bunch of small scuba men and their equipment, which kids probably enjoyed playing with on their own. This inevitably led to pieces going missing. Copies of this game with all of the parts are difficult to find, and when one does come up in good condition, it's snatched away quickly.

  • Monopoly (1935)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $895

    Why It's Worth So Much: There are millions of copies of Monopoly floating around these days, and only a few copies could be considered rare or valuable. The 1935 model known as the Trade Mark Edition White Box #9 is one of the rarest. Even in average condition, the game can fetch as much as $895.

    This version of the game was released on August 31, 1935, after Parker Brothers had acquired the trademark. It's the first copy of the game sold by Parker Brothers, which doesn't hurt its value in any way. Just about every family has a copy of Monopoly somewhere, but if your copy is the one from 1935, it may be time to part with it. 

  • Keywood (1995)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $800

    Why It's Worth So Much: Keywood was the first game in what would become the KeyFlower series, and when it was released in 1995, all 300 copies sold out almost instantly. The first edition printing of the game was limited to those 300 copies, which means finding one is incredibly difficult. Finding one intact and in good condition is, of course, even harder given the limited number of copies on the market.