Risk board games increase in value with alternate versions

1975 version of Risk

Once Hasbro introduced variations of Risk, a secondary market emerged among collectors.

Introduced in 1959 by Parker Brothers, the board game Risk remains one of the most popular strategy games. Because of the game’s popularity and the relatively new approach to creating versions of the game — the first non-standard version was Castle Risk released in 1986 — some of the non-standard versions command high prices if they are still in their shrink wrap.

Here are a few of the ones I have come across while thrifting — only a few — like the 1975 version above — were in nearly new condition.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition

Lord of the Rings version of RiskThis one maintains steady interest and value in the collector market. The company successfully combined two target audiences when it created this version — LOTR fans and Risk fan. Mint versions of the game currently list for around $100.

Castle Risk

Castle RiskAlthough not a financial success for the company, it is the granddaddy of Risk alternate versions. Game players protect their castle on a map that features only Europe.

Colonial Version

Colonial VersionThis is another classic version and the miniature playing pieces are well designed. It seems to be a popular playing choice among Risk gamers.

Risk AD 2210

risk-2210-ad-1In my opinion, this is one of the neatest designs they have released. The futuristic game included land underwater and on the moon. The game won the Origins Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game when it was released in 2001.

Top 6 versions based on eBay sales (View current  list)

  1. Plants vs. Zombies Collector’s Edition Board Game
  2. 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
  3. Star Wars Original Trilogy Edition
  4. Lord of the Rings
  5. 1975 sealed version
  6. Onyx Edition

Although it doesn’t seem to surface as much, the 1999 Napoleon edition tends to get the highest price of all the Risk versions.

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