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OOP Board Games

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on March 6, 2013

OOP, how can I explain it… Well, its quite simple.  It stands for Out Of Print, and in this article, I’m referencing board games.  It wasn’t too long ago, I was shopping at Goodwill, and I happened to run into a 1992 board game that was based off of the hit TV show, “Full House”.  I almost passed it up but something told me to check the completed listings on ebay, and I’m glad I did!  Of course, buying this from a thrift shop, I had no idea if all of the pieces were in there.  Lucky for me, they were!  I bought this game for only $2 and sold it for $50 to the right buyer.  Fast forward six months, or so, I was again shopping at GW and I found a Batman Monopoly board game.  This time I felt like I hit the jack pot!

Shopping for out of print board games can be fun, and the best part is, you really don’t need to know what you are looking for.  For me, I just thought that the Batman Monopoly board game looked different enough for me to check it out.  I had never seen this product before, but as it turns out, it’s worth almost $70.  Even if I didn’t have all of the pieces, I could have sold the parts for almost $60.

I rely heavily on ebays completed listings, but I also take a look at a website that displays top OOP board games.  I feel like this gives me an idea of what to look for when I’m shopping for ebay inventory.  The website is called “Board Game Geek” and it can be found HERE.

Also, a board game doesn’t have to be OPP to be worth money.  Like I mentioned before, you can resell game pieces to someone who may have lost theirs over the years.  Lets take a look at some of my favorite games to buy and resell:

  1. Scrabble – You can sell the wood pieces to “crafters”.
  2. Themed Monopoly – Batman, Godfather, Beatles, etc.
  3. Any Star Wars game – The Queen’s Gambit would be a nice find.
  4. Any vintage game is worth taking a look at.

When it comes to board games, don’t be surprised if you research quite a few before you find a home run.  There are many out there that are worthless on the ebay market, but it only takes that “one” to keep you searching for more.  Have you ever sold an OPP board game?  If so, comment below and let us know what it was!