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

Updated July 25, 2019 28.5k 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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  • Warhammer Quest (1995)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $700

    Why It's Worth So Much: To be fair, Warhammer Quest wasn't exactly cheap when it first came out, but even so, its value has skyrocketed since the game first hit store shelves back in 1995. If you've ever played the game, you know it comes with a ton of pieces, which means it isn't easy to find a box that has everything in it.

    If you happen to have yours with everything still in the box, and it's in good condition, you can expect to sell it online for around $700. 

  • Dark Tower (1981)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $580

    Why It's Worth So Much: Dark Tower was one of the most innovative games released in the early 1980s, which is also one of the reasons it's so rare and valuable. The game features the eponymous Dark Tower, which has a small computer capable of tracking all of the game functions and features as gameplay progresses. While this is primitive when compared to modern fare, it was revolutionary in 1981, and the game became a collector's item soon after it was released.

    Since Dark Tower features electronic components, finding one that still functions isn't easy. Additionally, there are a ton of pieces, many of which are tiny and easy to lose, which means a fully intact copy can fetch a high price at auction. An opened copy with working parts and all the pieces will fetch around $600, while a sealed box might get up to $1,000.

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $500

    Why It's Worth So Much: You may have heard about a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the re-release of the popular 1986 game, and while copies of those reproductions aren't cheap, an original copy is hard to find and incredibly expensive. One of the reasons the Kickstarter worked so well was due to the fact that original copies of the game are so difficult to track down. 

    The new version is a great game, but it's always fun to get your hands on the original, which is why these continue to sell for a lot of money in online auctions despite the availability of a new release.

  • War In Europe Second Edition (1999)

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    How Much It's Worth: Up to $435

    Why It's Worth So Much: The original version of War In Europe from 1976 is only about half as valuable as the revised release in 1999. This is one of the most complex games ever made, and it stands as the largest single strategy game ever published. It comes with nine 22" x 34" map sections, meaning you will have to link several large tables together in order to set the game up properly. 

    The game is so complicated and engrossing, it could likely be compared to the complexity of the actual planning and strategy that went into WWII. Despite this, it's considered to be a fun and engaging game, but it's also rare and difficult to find fully intact. Because of this, you can expect to sell your copy (if you're willing to part with it) for around $435.