Peaches Prattlings

{April 24, 2013}   My Monopoly Collection

It all started with The Wizard of Oz…

For my birthday, my friend LGR gave me Wizard of Oz Monopoly and it seemed to take off from there. I played Monopoly as a kid, but it wasn’t a great love or fascination for me, but I enjoyed it, I was a passive player. I know people who have marathons, can play for hours and others who don’t like to play, for that reason.

And for that reason, is started hosting Monopoly Marathons, I set up 3-4 games, depending on how many people attend, one in each room, a different version (we’re getting there) and everyone is on a team. One person from each team is at a table, so each table has someone from team 1,2,3,4. We play for 30 minutes, then when the buzzer sounds, or I yell “Time!” everyone moves to another table, you don’t have to go to the next logical table, as long as there is one person from each team at a table. When you sit at the table, you have to sit at your teammate’s seat and play the hand that they left. You may have started at that table with money, property, hotels and come back and find that you are bankrupt!

People seem to like it, it goes quickly and you’re never in one spot for too long. At the end of the tournament, there are prizes for the team with the most money/property. I also ask people to bring specific food, never telling them what the versions we are playing. For example, Kiss-opoly (based on the band) I asked for Hershey’s kisses, we played NY Yankees, I asked for peanuts, pretzels and cracker jacks, get the idea?

My friend AM is uncanny when it comes to Monopoly, he is like Yoda, he plays without looking at the cards, he knows exactly how much each property is worth, what the mortgage is and what it would take to get it out of hock, without even thinking, he’s amazing! He also gave me Waffle-opoly!
I got The Beatles from my dad for Chanukah and my latest? DCM found Klingon! Geek out people!

Before I list out my collection, as people have asked me to do, I want to tell you about my pride and joy. Years ago, and I mean years, I cross stitched an afghan with a Monopoly board, I think one day I a going to cross stitch the properties. I have played on the blanket, kids love it. I hope you enjoy the picture.

I once took a picture with all the monopolies I had at the time, I am 5’1 & 1/2 ” tall, with my hand extended I couldn’t reach the top of the pile and I’ve added more since. I am spoiled! People will buy them for me, I have only purchased a few, and I’ve played many of them, but I love them all!

I have had pictures of my collection on Facebook and I was so tickled when someone I have known since grade school and reconnected with on Facebook, SBS, said she had her mom’s Monopoly from when she was a kid and would I like it? Oh my yes, she dropped it off at my dad’s house and now it is part of my collection! How lucky am I?

How about this…I was in Las Vegas with my dad in October 2009, staying at Caesar’s and what did we find? The World Monopoly Championship! What are the odds? There were players from all over the world! They had team jackets, track suits, coaches, translators, separate judges and bankers! It was awesome! The pot was exactly $20,071, exactly what is in the bank in a game of Monopoly!

I didn’t start out collecting these, but I love each and every one of them, I hope to have more, so if you find a unique one, one that screams YOU, send it my way! I will love it dearly!

Here now, is my collection (some of them are not Parker Bros)
Snow Boarding The Beatles The Muppets Sesame Street
Greenway Packers The Nightmare before Christmas. Whooville
My Marvel Heroes. Nintendo. Justice League of America
Disney Theme Parks. Monopoly Junior Classic Wooden. Harley Davidson
St Louis Rams. NY Yankees. Wizard of Oz. M & Ms
Las Vegas. Pirates of the Caribbean Rudolph
The Simpsons. Simpsons: Treehouse of Terror. Mickey Mouse (75th edition)
Fantastic Four. Scooby Doo: Fright Fest Edition. Pokemon
The Muppets (collectors edition). Lord of the Rings Klingon
Coca Cola Star Wars: Episode I. Millennium (has rice paper money!)
Disney. NFL. Original (1950’s)
Classic 1935 Reproduction. Looney Tunes. Here & Now
Anniversary Edition (mine from when I was a kid!). 2006 edition
Electronic (play with an iPad)
Fancy schmancy wooden box edition I got at Restoration Hardware
I gave DCM USMC ooh rah!

Unofficial (add “opoly”to the end of each one)
Motown. Atlantis. Waffle. Niagra. Earth.
Anti. Kiss. Greatful Dead. Brew. Stitch.
Redneck (thanks twin) Cat. Atlanta. Millennium.
Make your own. Brooklyn Dodgers. Staten – Comes in a pizza box!

Who wants to play?




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