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Buying Vintage Monopoly Games 1. Buying Vintage Monopoly Game Boxes and Boards 1. There are several minor differences between Vintage Monopoly boxes from the rare original 1. Trade Mark" edition to editions that spand a decade or better in the mid 1. These little differences can make or break a great "find".
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I have seen a lot of people advertizing "Vintage Monopoly" games here on e. Bay and claiming the 1. In order to make sure you are buying what you think you are it is a good ideal to familiarize yourself with some of the more important details, and you can use this BUYING GUIDE as a reference.
Knowing the order in which Parker Brothers released editions will help the buyer in making an informed correct decision, when it comes to buying a Vintage Monopoly board game between the years of 1. In 1. 93. 5, Parker Brothers (PB) bought the rights to Monopoly from the 'inventor', Charles Darrow. This included Darrow's inventory of game parts. PB immediately began selling Monopoly games using the Darrow game parts. The first games Parker Brothers made were marked TRADE MARK. About 2. 4,0. 00 - 2. This included a small number of the No 9 long box, very rare today.
Parker Brothers applied for their own patent and the next group of their games stated PATENT PENDING or PATENT APPLIED FOR. Over 1. 00,0. 00 games were produced with this label.
This statement was used for a while in 1. Monopoly already with patents. To protect their investment in Darrow's Monoply game, they decided to purchase the 1.
Landlords game and added that patent to their Monopoly games. This is patent 1,5. In the meantime, PB applied for their own patent on Monopoly. Their patent was issued on Dec 3. The new patent was added to the labels and games produced from 1. When the 1. 92. 4 patent expired in 1. The phrase A PARKER TRADING GAME was added to the box tops in 1.
Parker Brothers had an office in London and included this city on the labels of their Monopoly games.***That office closed in 1. London was replaced by Chicago.***Dating early Monopoly games is done by the patent numbers and cities listed on the labels.
Most early games can be dated within a few years using these label elements. Canadian Monopoly games were introduced in 1. U. S. games with the different varieties. The earliest known Canadian game is the No 9 White Box with legals stating CANADIAN (Trademark) REGISTRATION APPLIED FOR and CANADIAN PATENT APPLIED FOR, described below. These seem to be extremely rare. The rarest 1. 93.
Trade Mark" Edition - the No. Black Box - there were two 1. IS the first. The 'Trade Mark' game is the ultimate Parker Brothers Monopoly game for a collector. It is the first to be wholly manufactured by Parker Brothers and is very similar to the Darrow version, except for the addition of player pieces and a redesign of Darrow's black box. It was produced in limited numbers for only a few months in mid- 1.
Estimates are that about 2. The 'Trade Mark' version was also produced in the long box No 9 version.
Release: The 'Patent Pending' game was Parker Brothers next version of Monopoly, made after the 'Trade Mark' games. Parker Brothers applied for a patent and added this to the games. By this time, Parker Brothers realised the game was going to be a hit so production was ramped up considerably. It is estimated that over 1. Patent Pending' games could have been made. No Number 9 White Box games are known with the PATENT PENDING statement on the box.
Release: After purchasing rights for Monopoly from Charles Darrow, research discovered another game very similar to Monopoly had been patented in 1. Elizabeth Magie. Parker Brothers quickly purchased that patent from Magie and put it on their Monopoly games just to cover their claim to the rights to the game. That patent number 1,5. Patent Pending labels. This group includes a very few No. Trade Mark' had this patent added as an overprint. As far as I know, less than a dozen of these game boxes exist today.
Dual Patent Black Box No. On Dec 3. 1, 1. 93. Parker Brothers was issued a patent for Monopoly, patent 2,0. Almost immediately, very early in 1. Magie patent on all Monopoly games, replacing the single Magie patent.
These patents also appeared on the several new varieties introduced by Parker Brothers throughout 1. These patents remained on all Monopoly games until 1.
Magie patent expired and was removed. Note: Black Box Border and NO copyright 1. Parker Brothers, Inc. BLUE BOX Number 5 & 7 GAME 1. Parker Brothers and their Monopoly game.
They produced 1. 8 million copies of the game and introduced several different new versions of the game. The Number 7 game box was changed from black to blue. Also, Parker Brothers was issued their own patent for Monopoly on Dec 3. Late in 1. 93. 6, Parker Brothers realized that Monopoly was going to be their best seller and drafted a marketing plan to promote the game. Someone came up with the phrase 'A PARKER TRADING GAME' and added that to game boxes late 1.
By early 1. 93. 7, all Monopoly games included this wording. The words 'MADE IN USA' were added at the bottom of the box. Another promotional idea was to introduce the Number 5 game, pretty much the same as the Number 7 game, except there were 8 player pieces instead of 7 AND it cost 5. They printed these changes on the first Number 5 game boxes. Also, Parker Brothers sold licenses to sell Monopoly to a Canadian and a British company in 1. They added that bit of information to the legals statement.
Didn't take long for Parker Brothers to realize raising the price of their game in the middle of the Great Depression was a bad idea, so the game went back to $2. Monopoly was still their best selling game. Editions: By 1. 93. Great Britain and Canada had been removed and 'A PARKER TRADING GAME' took a prominent position in the legals line and was printed in bold text. This is about the most common variety of 1. Monopoly. 19. 40 Release: In 1.
Parker Brothers closed their office in London and removed the city from the box. This was replaced by Chicago. This is a very hard to find variety, with Chicago AND the dual patent because the Magie patent (1,5. Releases: In 1. 94. Magie patent expired and was removed from the game boxes. Releases: In 1. 94. REG. U. S. PATENT OFFICE' was expanded, thus: 'REGISTERED IN U.
S. PATENT OFFICE'. Releases: In 1. 95. A PARKER TRADING GAME' was replaced with 'PARKER BROTHERS TRADE- MARK NAME FOR IT'S REAL ESTATE TRADING GAME'. As far as I can tell, this was the last version of the Number 7 game. It was discontinued in 1. Number 8 Popular Edition as the only small box game being made.
Diamond $ Boxes~~ 1. The NEW EDITION game was Parker Brothers first new label design. There are 2 versions of this game, the brown box and black box versions.
The brown box version was first, but didn't last very long before Parker Brothers chose to go with the black box version. I believe Parker Brothers found the brown boxes were too hard to come by. The New Edition games are very hard to find. On Ebay, only 1 in 2.
New Edition games are the brown box version, and the matching brown boards are even harder to find. Also, only about 1 in 2. New Edition, the rest say A PARKER TRADING GAME. Conclusion - the black box and board is scarce, the brown box version is very scarce, and the brown New Edition board is rare. Brown'3. 6Black '3.
In 1. 93. 7, Parker Brothers added A PARKER TRADING GAME and the NEW EDITION title was gone. Dual Patent - LONDON1. Dual Patent - CHICAGO1. Some believe production of this game with the metal player pieces was suspended during WWII and this box, with the metal player pieces removed from the label and wooden play pieces added to the game, was a concession to the shortage of strategic materials/metals. When production of games with metal play pieces resumed after the war, it included a different style cannon than the one pictured on the label, and also a different version of the car. No 6 LATE PATENT (1.
WOODEN PLAY PIECES 1. After the war, metal for game tokens was available and the old token pictures were once again added to the box tops. Problem was, the molds used to make the cannons were not available and it was replaced with a more modern howitzer style cannon and the shoe was replaced with a cowboy on a rearing horse. The older style car now has a driver, too. Late Patent No. 6 1.
REG"Late Patent - Single No. REGISTERED"No 6 LATE PATENT (1. Marked No 6 "REGISTERED"~~POPULAR EDITION~~ 1. Parker Brothers chose to make yet another version of Monopoly, the POPULAR EDITION, game designation Number 8. This was offered along with the Diamond $ boxes and the first Blue Boxes. This version originated with the same small sized boxes as the other 2 types.
A lot of thought went into the design of this box. It was made from 1. The first of these had a green border. In the early 1. 95. Parker Brothers added a red border box, as well. Dual Patent 1. 93. LONDON"This was the first version of the Popular Edition.
It had both the Magie (1,5. Parker Brothers (2,0. London in the list of cities.
In addition, it had 'NUMBER 8' game designation was printed on the box, letting folks know this was a different version of Monopoly. This configuration was used until 1. In 1. 94. 0, Parker Brothers dropped London from the list of cities and added Chicago. Not much else was changed. Dual Patent - "CHICAGO"In 1.
Magie patent expired and it was removed from the legal description. Also, the game designation 'NUMBER 8' was removed. In 1. 94. 9, the REG U. S. PATENT OFFICE statement was changed to REGISTERED IN U.
S. PATENT OFFICE. In 1. 95. 1, 'PARKER BROTHER'S TRADE MARK NAME FOR ITS REAL ESTATE TRADING GAME'. These modifications are present on this box. Single Patent - CHICAGO (Green and Red Border Editions)Also, in 1. Parker Brothers introduced a new version of the Popular Edition with a red trimmed box. They were sold along side the green box versions.
Patent Obscured with "Mustache"The Parker Brothers patent (2,0.