Antique games are favorites of many collectors. Here are tips on what to collect when it comes to classic games.
Collectible Antique Games
The way we know board games, today, emerged out of the Victorian Era. As the Victorians put virtue as their highest value, many of the games offered lessons. Some of the originals are ones we still play today, including chess, checkers, dominoes, marbles and Mahjong. Backgammon had its roots in 3000 BCE when prosperous Mesopotamians played the Royal Game of Ur.
The first 19th-century American board games were hand-painted, and they are the ones most collectors treasure. Antique 3D Board games are also popular, including an 1890 edition of Fish Pond.
Card collecting is also intriguing. Fans of the Victorian Era enjoy trade cards while other people collect vintage sports cards or other types. As Victorians were enthralled with tarot, Parker Brothers launched Black Cat Fortune Telling Game in 1897. This antique game would be a great one to find at an auction or thrift store.
Toys that Educate
These were the old-school Leapfrog toys or ones that taught kids lessons. Bar-Zim’s Spelling & Counting board was an example, with many educational toys sold in the 1940s and 1950s being great collector items. Further back, in the late 19th century, spelling slips were sold, which were cardboard strips that players arranged to make phrases, which would elevate kids’ reading skills.
Vintage floor games could include retro pinball machines, as well as the Twister party game that came out in 1966 from Arrow Games (Milton Bradley). Back in 1890 was a bowling game from Milton Bradley called “Animal 10 Pins,” which today would have a value of about $600 for the set or $25 per pin.
An antique games collection can be beautiful, relay bits of history and be a great way to reignite childhood memories.