Loading Spinner

Games - General

Games are one of the oldest forms of social interaction on earth. Games of all sorts date back to ancient times. The oldest complete game set ever found is called the "Royal Game of Ur," which dates back to 3000 BC. Also called the "Game of Twenty Squares," it was a race game played with pawns and dice. Other early games include Senet, played in Egypt around 3100 BC and an early predecessor of Backgammon, played in what is now Iran around 3000 BC.

More recently, the first commercial board games were produced in the 1700s and early 1800s. These games were often designed to teach an educational or moral topic. By the later 1800s, they were evolving into modern board games, including "The Checkered Game of Life" first produced by Milton Bradley in 1860, Parcheesi copy written in the United States by E.G. Selchow & Co. in 1869, and "The Landlord's Game," patented in 1904, which was the inspiration for the game of Monopoly.

Game collectors are attracted to the colorful board and boxes and interesting game pieces of vintage games. Hand painted or lithographed game boards are the attraction for antique games from the 1800s. Collectors of Monopoly games often look for the early metal game pieces. Some collectors search for games that they played as children.


Quick Facts

  • "The Checkered Game of Life" mentioned above started out as a morality game where success was dependent on good deeds and reaching "Happy Old Age." The game was revised in the 1960s to reflect modern times and was renamed "The Game of Life"
  • Game collectors usually refer to a game as "antique" when it has been in publication for 60 or more years
  • A 1967 BAMCO game called Be A Manager recently sold for $1500. The game was based on major league baseball

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

bp parity badge
1920S "SMOKEY JOE" 1C COIN OPERATED PENNY FLIP TRADE STIMULATOR WITH GUM VENDOR
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
1920S "SMOKEY JOE" 1C COIN OPERATED PENNY FLIP TRADE STIMULATOR WITH GUM VENDOR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$22010 Bids
bp parity badge
1937 BALLY "GOLD RUSH" 5C COIN OPERATED 3-REEL TRADE STIMULATOR
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
1937 BALLY "GOLD RUSH" 5C COIN OPERATED 3-REEL TRADE STIMULATOR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$16010 Bids
Vintage Mah Jong Game with Box
Jan 27, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Mah Jong Game with Box
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$9010 Bids
bp parity badge
1937 GROETCHEN DIXIE DOMINOES SPELLING BEE COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
1937 GROETCHEN DIXIE DOMINOES SPELLING BEE COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1609 Bids
bp parity badge
PAINTED WOODEN DOUBLE-SIDED GAME BOARD Late 19th Century 27.5” x 19.75”.
Jan 27, 9:30 AM EST
PAINTED WOODEN DOUBLE-SIDED GAME BOARD Late 19th Century 27.5” x 19.75”.
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$4258 Bids
NINTENDO SYSTEM WITH HAND CONTROLLERS & GAMES
Feb 05, 9:00 AM EST
NINTENDO SYSTEM WITH HAND CONTROLLERS & GAMES
by Legacies Old & New, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$808 Bids
Xbox 360 Kinect With Controller & 6 Games
Jan 28, 9:00 AM PST
Xbox 360 Kinect With Controller & 6 Games
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$617 Bids
Willow NES Nintendo Sealed Video Game WATA 9.4/A
Jan 27, 7:00 AM PST
Willow NES Nintendo Sealed Video Game WATA 9.4/A
by BK Auctions
Est: $1,350- $1,600
$1507 Bids
COLLECTION OF NINTENDO N64 VIDEO GAMES
Feb 03, 12:00 PM EST
COLLECTION OF NINTENDO N64 VIDEO GAMES
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$807 Bids
LARGE LOT OF PS2 GAMES
Feb 03, 12:00 PM EST
LARGE LOT OF PS2 GAMES
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$607 Bids
bp parity badge
1950S PENNY DROP GAME OF SKILL COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
1950S PENNY DROP GAME OF SKILL COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$857 Bids
Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown PS1 PlayStation Sealed Video Game WATA 9.6/A+
Jan 27, 7:00 AM PST
Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown PS1 PlayStation Sealed Video Game WATA 9.6/A+
by BK Auctions
Est: $1,400- $1,600
$356 Bids
Nintendo 64 Controller
Jan 28, 9:00 AM CST
Nintendo 64 Controller
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $100
$656 Bids
QTY inc Large quantity of Advanced Dungeons
Jan 31, 9:30 AM GMT
QTY inc Large quantity of Advanced Dungeons
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £50- £70
£1105 Bids
bp parity badge
VINTAGE SHIPMAN SPIN IT 5C COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR WITH NUT VENDOR
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE SHIPMAN SPIN IT 5C COIN OPERATED TRADE STIMULATOR WITH NUT VENDOR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
Vintage Oriental Decorated Wooden Checkers and Backgammon Board
Jan 29, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Oriental Decorated Wooden Checkers and Backgammon Board
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$155 Bids
Royal Mahjong 152 Bakelite Tile 5 Rack Board Game
Feb 08, 11:00 AM EST
Royal Mahjong 152 Bakelite Tile 5 Rack Board Game
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$455 Bids
bp parity badge
PAINTED WOODEN GAME BOARD America, 19th/Early 20th Century 15.5” x 16”.
Jan 27, 9:30 AM EST
PAINTED WOODEN GAME BOARD America, 19th/Early 20th Century 15.5” x 16”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $400
$2505 Bids
bp parity badge
1950S "TEST YOUR IQ" 1C COIN OPERATED NAPKIN DISPENSER
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
1950S "TEST YOUR IQ" 1C COIN OPERATED NAPKIN DISPENSER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$554 Bids
(5) Vintage Tiger Handheld Games
Jan 28, 10:00 AM MST
(5) Vintage Tiger Handheld Games
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Soul of the Samurai PS1 Playstation Sealed Video Game WATA 9.8/A+
Jan 27, 7:00 AM PST
Soul of the Samurai PS1 Playstation Sealed Video Game WATA 9.8/A+
by BK Auctions
Est: $900- $1,100
$454 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Games - General


BK Auctions

BK Auctions

Converse Auctions

Converse Auctions

Bado e Mart

Bado e Mart

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers