Board/Card Games The 15 Most Unnecessary Versions Of Monopoly In Human History  

Stephen Reyes
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Monopoly is an iconic game that, in the true spirit of capitalism, has been over-marketed to death. The worst Monopoly boards take a total niche subject and try to stretch the game around it, leaving consumers asking, "why on Earth was this ever made?" For this list we examine the dumbest versions of Monopoly ever made, and when you're done reading it, you'll be begging to go directly to jail if it means not having to play them. Some of these are actually very rare Monopoly boards that only collectors own, and that's most definitely a good thing.

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Sun-Maid Raisins Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15 Most Unnecessary Versions Of Monopoly In Human History

A lot of people don't like raisins, and a lot of people don't like Monopoly, so this one was really a natural fit. If you don't get enough farming in your daily life, paying the $75 "irrigation tax" might help you get your fix. Does anyone in the world really love raisins enough to buy a Sun-Maid Raisins version of Monopoly? Seriously, let's see the sales numbers for this thing. Even if you do love raisins, and think Sun-Maid raisins are the best raisins, would you really want this in your home? Is there someone out there that would argue you should play Sun-Maid Raisins Monopoly over the original, or say, something like Marvel Comics Monopoly? We want to meet that person.

Monopoly: Best Buy Edition is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15 Most Unnecessary Versions Of Monopoly In Human History

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I really love Best Buy. I love it so much that I wish there was a way to simulate the experience of standing in line to buy yet another phone charger in board game form"? If yes, then you're in luck, because Monopoly: Best Buy Edition does exactly that. Choose from purchasing exciting properties such as "welcome display" and "transaction center" as you rip off customers by charging them $60 for a USB cable. If someone lands on your "Geek Squad" property you can give their computer viruses on purpose so they have to come back the next month and pay you an exorbitant amount of money again. Fun!

Monopoly: Bass Fishing Edition is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15 Most Unnecessary Versions Of Monopoly In Human History

If there's anything equally as exciting and mind-blowing as a game of Monopoly, it's bass fishing. The Parker Brothers were warned about the dangers of combining these two activities due to the risk of players dying from pure sensory overload, but they simply didn't care. The world needed Monopoly: Bass Fishing Edition, risks be damned. The game includes spaces for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, because the Parker Brothers are psychotic, thrill-seeking, adrenaline junkies who have no limits. If you have a death wish, pick up a copy today, because life is as extreme as you want to make it!

Monopoly: QVC Edition is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15 Most Unnecessary Versions Of Monopoly In Human History
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Monopoly: QVC Edition is arguably the most unnecessary purchase in the history of unnecessary purchases. It's hard to imagine there is a large market for a board game like this, but perhaps hardcore collectors picked this one up. While this might not have been the hottest toy of Christmas '99, it is considered rare today. That said, its value has (unsurprisingly) not spiked since.