Broker board game from 60s lets you manipulate stock market (Photo)

Broker: The Exciting Stock Market Game by Spencer-Murray Corp. Swarthmore, PA.

Broker: The Exciting Stock Market Game by Spencer-Murray Corp. Swarthmore, PA.

This game underwent several cosmetic changes, but it failed to capture the playing public’s interest despite being a fairly well-thought out financial strategy game. The 1961 version that I have was manufactured by the Spencer-Murray Corporation in Pennsylvania. The game was eventually purchased by the precursor of the Ravensburger company.

Description
The 1961 version is very drab with a barebones black-and-white box. The four company stocks and the play money don’t do much to improve the overall look of the game. It is almost as if the designers wanted the game to be about the strategy and they did not want a flashy design to get in the way. The four stocks used in the game are: Proton Electronics, Golden Eagle Airline, Sapphire Cartel and River Rouge Motors.

How to Play
You buy and sell stock and use Market Action Cards to strategically manipulate the market to your advantage and to your opponent’s disadvantage. However, if the stocks you are holding all crash, you are eliminated from the game. Because the complexity of the game, the instructions offer tips on how to play the first time to improve your skill.

Value
The 1961 version in complete, but played in condition, is worth about $20.

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