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Buying a Franklin Mint Monopoly Game on eBay
Buying a Franklin Mint Monopoly Game on eBay does not have to be painful. Once you determine your budget and quality objective you can begin your search. Obviously, you will want to get the most for your dollar so looking at games that are listed as new is a good start.
Be aware that games listed as new may not always include all the parts and accessories so ask questions. Does the game come with the 2 green parts boxes and are those boxes in good condition. Ask for additional photos. Is the COA present along with the game component checklist? Does the game come with the original shipping box? Is the Money packet and Chance and Community Chest Cards Sealed?
Often, sellers will list a game as new and even complete but not know the game is actually missing items. You may one day want to sell your game and having all the components, boxes, & paper work will help you achieve the best selling price should you ever decide to sell.
Be careful of games listed as un-played or displayed only. The green fabric center fades easily so again ask questions. The quality of the green center does not always translate well in photos. Also, these games chip and dent easily so even a displayed only game can have damage. Ask for detailed photos of the corners. Rounded corners indicate handling issues and should be avoided or be cause for a more detailed look at the quality of the game board. Pay particular attention to the corners and green fabric center.
Ways to save money
There are many ways to lower you cost to purchase a game. Obviously, you can look for used games. Often games that are not complete or have heavily damaged boards sell for low prices – often less than $100. Then upgrade your board – often on eBay new boards are listed at a cost of l$200 or less. That’s an exceptional value since a new, complete game will cost $649 from Franklin Mint. It is possible to assemble a nearly new game for less than $300.
Additional search terms to consider are Wood Monopoly, Deluxe Monopoly, and Collectors Monopoly. Many sellers have made the mistake of not including the words Franklin Mint in their title. Games that are not titled properly often sell for less than $200 – even new games.
- 1 Deluxe Playing Board
- 1 Set of Chance Cards (16)
- 1 Set of Community Chest Cards (16)
- 12 Hotels
- 32 Houses
- 10 Gold Plated Tokens [A.K.A. Charms] (Battleship, Cannon, Iron, Lantern, Old Shoe, Purse, Race Car, Rocking Horse, Thimble & Top Hat)
- 1 Pair of Dice
- 1 Set of Title Deed Cards
- 1 Deluxe Real Estate Portfolio, including Rules for Play and Game History Booklet
- 1 Double set of Monopoly game money
- Game Component Checklist
- Small Green Box for Tokens
- Large Green Box for Houses & Hotels as well as other accessories