One hot item for board game collectors at the moment is the Jumanji board game, which was published in 1995 by Milton Bradley.
I can see the appeal of the board game for this movie, as the actual movie is about a magical board game. The game itself is modeled very closely on the actual game used in the movie, so it is a great tie in and fans of the film are very keen to have one.
It is just hitting that collectible point now. People who thought the movie was amazing as kids are now starting to have enough cash and knowledge to use ebay and similar sites to start tracking it down. I have said before that quite often items follow a cycle like this. I am sure that you could have picked these games up at garage sales in 2001 for $1 each as the kids had “grown out of them” and they were “just taking up space”. This is the time to be looking for items. Think today what was big 4 or 5 years ago, but kids are getting out of. These will be the bigger ticket items in 10 to 15 years. Hard to predict, but items toys Bakugan or Beyblades may fall in this category.
The Description on Board Game Geek fills in a bit more detail of the Jumanji game
“Choose your pawn and set out on a deadly journey. Decode rhyming card messages that could spell disaster! Roll 8-sided dice together to rescue a fellow player in danger! Fail to escape, and the jungle could swallow you whole! The only way out is to finish the game. Only then will the terrors of the jungle disappear…”
I am on the hunt for one now, it would be great to add to the collection
The going rate is around $45 if you can get your hands on one, although I have seen them go for up to $250 on Ebay if they are mint and enough people are after on at that time. They are very hard to find in that condition, and most now have some signs of wear. Sets with all pieces though are still quite common.
It is amazing which games are taking off in the collectibles market at the moment. Quite often it is not from the movies or tv shows that you would think, and vintage is not an accurate measure of the prices that people will pay. Once items go out of print / manufacture then they quickly escalate in price, especially for those with childhood memories or cult limited editions.
Happy hunting !
We currently have a bulk set of Motorcycle magazines from the late 70′s and 80′s about to list in the online store.
I have often seen these massive boxes full of car or bike magazines at garage sales or op shops, and wondered if there was any market for them? I have had some luck with video game magazines in the past, but it is quite often a hit and miss affair. Quite often the right collector needs to come along, and also it needs to be someone who sees the value of the information inside each magazine.
These Motorbike magazines for example have a wealth of knowledge on vintage motorcycles, and could really be great for a collector of fellow picker who wanted to sharpen their eye as the hunt for treasures. It is always great to know more information on all subjects, as you never know when you might come across a rare motorcycle part or even sign.
6 issues of Australian Motor Cycle News from 1984
4 issues of Classic Racer UK from the early 2000′s
48 Issues of classic Bike from the late 1980′s and early 1990′s
2 2005 Classic Bike Guide magazines
Also in my internet travels this week I found these great tips for Garage Sale buying for all you treasure hunters out there. http://www.yardsalequeen.com/yardsaleshopping.htm
Some great bits of advice that I follow myself, I had a few “that’s what I do!” moments as I read through them.
Along with the bigger picture advice are some really practical tips, such as
“If you are at a yard sale that has a “fill a bag of clothes for $5″ deal (or similar), you can get more clothes into a bag if you roll them up like a sausage rather than just stuffing them into the bag willy-nilly.”
“If you see an item that you may or may not want, pick it up anyhow and carry it around a bit, then decide. Because if you don’t, by the time you decide that you want it, someone else will have bought it and you’ll be kicking yourself the rest of the day. If you are yardsaling with small kids, try to hold their purchases too. I’ve seen situations where a kid will put down a toy for a split second and another kid will grab it.”
and the always useful …
“Also when shopping with kids, it’s better to have them actually pay for their own purchases. Why? The seller is more likely to give a kid a discounted price than they would the hard-core yardsailing parent. It also gives kids practice with handling money (and learning the value of it). It also builds their confidence in talking to adults. “
One of the most popular kitchenalia items out there is Nally ware, in particular the sets of canisters that were very popular in homes from the 40′s through to the 60′s in Australia. These have a far different look from the Nylex, Tupperware or other Bakelite styles and are uniquely Australian
Nally Ware was created by Nally Ltd and was based in Sydney. It started in the 20′s when Nat Fienberg and Wally Wakeham imported ‘Condensite’. The company first wanted to produce ore reliable timers for the T-Model Ford.’ Nally soon began moulding other items including the popular and bright range of kitchen wares. There were many colours available, with the moulded phenol formaldehyde process creating a Bakelite that could be moulded into a variety of shapes.
Like all Bakelite products, they can get chipped, cracked and scratched over time, especially as these were practical items being used in kitchens and not just display pieces. Bakelite deteriorates in sunlight, so the best examples you find now are not items that were displayed near windows and have been stored away through the last few decades.
All of these canisters would have once been very glossy, this is when the phenolic resin coating is present. Once Bakelite has started to deteriorate you will notice a roughness of the surface, where the top layer of resin has been rubbed away, exposing the coarser filler material. Washing your canisters with a strong cleaner can also remove the deteriorated phenol resin from the surface and make your canisters look more old then they should. Be careful!
Prices for these items vary wildly. Prices can range from $5 at a garage sale if you are very luck (probably for incomplete sets with some damage) all the way up to around $200 for a complete set with everything intact.
When looking to buy these make sure they are complete, the lettering is in good as a condition as possible and there are no cracks. Often they are also discoloured inside or out from the contents, so check underneath and inside.
Had a big clean out of items that have been sitting around gathering dust, or that I collected on my trip with the family up to Byron Bay in May. We found many good op shops, tip shops, junk shops and even a whole town garage sale in Dunoon NSW which was amazing.
I hope there is something here you like, all items are currently for sale in the Ebay store
One of the most collectable board games in retro gaming at the moment is the “Horror House” board game, released by Bandai in the mid 1980′s. From what I can see and have read play involves of moving around the house fighting monsters. This is accomplished by inserting a sword into an electronic death head to determine the outcome. You win if you hear a scream, lose when the monsters laugh. From all accounts it is fun to play, and has great graphics so that has made it quite collectable. I can’t get any figures on the sales figures while it was in print, or how big the actual print run was, but I am guessing a huge amount were not made as they are quite rate now.
The game has a small but very loyal fan base, mostly due to the nostalgia factor and great artwork. I have seen these games sell for excess of $400 in recent weeks, so they are definately one to look out for when out hunting for treasures. Here are some examples of the game cards
Very imaginative cards, like the “Woman with two mouths” and the “Spirit of Poverty”, certainly not your standard fare for a 1980′s mass market board game. I have read a lot of board posts about how people got the game as kids and it has left an big impression of them after it scared / freaked them out. The Monsters look to be a blend of your traditional Universal horror monsters, and then Japanese horror monsters as well. Super cool and I can see why the collectability of full games is so high.
If you do happen to find one, the list of components in the box are :
- Deathhead roulette (electronic: requires 1 C cell battery)
- 39 monster cards
- 6 king of demon cards
- 1 guardian spirit card
- 4 pass cards
- 11 king demon chips
- 1 sword
- 4 tokens (men)
- 1 instructions
Anyone out there have one of these or have seen one somewhere for sale?
Just a quick update on some of the items that I have found and sold over the past month. I have had some chance to do some op shop and garage sale hunting and turned up a few interesting items. The 1980′s Ninja turtles curtains were unexpected, as were the vintage Game of Life and Squatter board games.
Sadly the Sanyo Hair Curler system does not work. Its all about honing your hunting skills and looking for those rare peices that others have overlooked.
I think my first retro gaming memory is spending hours playing on one of these bright yellow Tomy Pacman handhelds. I can’t quite remember which special occasion (it might have been Christmas, maybe a birthday) I received it, but from about the ages of 4 to 6 I was hooked. I did also have an Intellivision at the time which also got a fair workout. The Pacman machine was released in Australia in 1981, but I think my parents must have got it on sale a few years later.
The most interesting thing about the game, and how it differed from the traditional Pacman was that Pacman could only eat dots going side to side. This did make the game a bit strategically different, as also did the limited amount of “spaces” that Pacman and the ghosts could occupy.
The game is set in a bright yellow round plastic case which looked just like Pacman and had 4 white buttons instead of the joystick that was your typical Pacman interface back in the day. It also had and ametuer and PRO setting. The pro was way past my skill level back then
Sadly once I got a bit older, this machine languished at the back of a cupboard during the 90′s at my parents house, and is now nowhere to be found.
These machines were released under 3 different names depending on where in the world it was released and are identical except for different label stickers and instruction sheets.
Here is the original commercial for the game, I don’t remember this playing on Australian TV, but then again I would have been just 3 when it was released.
I have seen the units sell for around $100 down to $30, depending on if it’s your lucky Ebay day.
Here are a few of my favourite Pac Cultural moments. The first is the rockin tune that is “Pacman Fever” (and just like the song says, it might drive you crazy). The second is an excerpt from my and my kids favourite Christmas show “Christmas comes to Pac-Land)
While finding a relatively new gaming system (such as a PS3 or Xbox 360) at a garage sale or market can be a fantastic win, and quite often the person selling the item can be taken for their word that the item either works or has some known issues. I recently purchased a PS3 after being assured by the seller that the unit was working fine.
Once I got it home it was a different story. It played the first game fine for about 10 minutes, and then just hung on a loading screen between scenes. I listened closely the unit and heard the un mistakable sounds of a disc drive struggling to read a disc. I was not a happy camper.
After 2 hours and numerous youtube videos I had the system pulled apart, cleaned every part of the machine cleaned including the DVD and Blueray laser and then re-traced my steps to put it all back together again. You can imagine my amazement and excitement when the unit powered up. I loaded in the first disc (Marvel vs Capcom 3) and it did indeed load. The first screen booted up and then… nothing.
The game hung, and I was back to square one. The unit was quite cheap so my losses were not significant, but I had no way of getting my money back without some kind of confrontation. This made me realise that sometimes it is better to rely on the feedback and protection that ebay or even a second hand store provides when purchasing an item like this
The buyer protection offered by ebay and paypal as well as trust mechanisms like the seller feedback guarantee that items will be as described 99% of time. A bargain found at a passing garage sale can also be a fantastic thing, but I am just saying make sure you ask a few more questions than I did before forking out your hard earned
Now in the store – Get yourself this late 80′s gaming bargain. Key To The Kingdom by Crown and Andrews Australia. I think everyone will remember the TV commercial for this one once they see it, it must have been on high rotation.
I never owned it, and it a bit rules light for my taste (I am a massive fan of Talisman) but the whirlpool / flip the board over concept is cool.
Here is a description of the game from Board Game Geek
“The aim is to go around the game board until you’ve found the “Key treasure card” plus one more treasure card and then escape the kingdom. You may also steal treasures from the other players.
From the beginning you have 8 different equipment cards, which you need to use to pass traps or defeat monsters. Sometimes you might lose 1 or more of your pieces of equipment, but there’s a possibility to get them back at a couple of places on the board.
The most remarkable thing about this game is that the board is in 6 parts, connected with roads in many combinations, The only way of reaching two of the parts is by jumping into one of the whirlpools in the middle of the board, This allows the board to be folded in or out to another board. There are rules to handle the other players if they get caught on the folded board.”
We have a heap of inventory coming into the Ebay store over the next week, with some great finds going up for auction. I have been finding a lot of great 80′s toys and merchandise, a well as some very unusual board games such as UBI, which is currently up for sale.
UBI is made by the same makers as Trivial Pursuit, but is quite a strange and abstract game. You have to give map co-ordinated to cryptic clues about geography, and build a pyramid from plastic pieces (as far I can tell, the rules are a bit confusing to say the least!). It comes in an interesting triangular box with an eye on it. One of the strangest games I have ever picked up in my travels, and well worth buying if you are a serious board game collector.
I am a fan of board games based on TV shows (not to play them, just for the cool factor and the interest in just how far the boundaries of merchandising will go) and came across this interesting piece this week. It is a board game for the BBC TV show “On the Buses”.
It comes with a board of the town, 4 coloured buses and cards that tell you when and where the buses are to stop. I never watched the show but it was very popular in its time. Here is a YouTube clip from the show.
On a final note, I found this rather disturbing single of Orville’s Song by Keith Harris and Orville. There is something about the cover that is a bit unsettling… I had to YouTube this as well, and find out what the song was about. Orville doesn’t seem as creepy in real life (although he is clearly miming) but the song is TERRIBLE