The games have changed over the centuries to reflect new historical events and inventions | Antiquities and history
It is not just gamers, but serious collectors of the many types of games created. When Bud Newman’s game collection arrives at the Pook & Pook auction in New Hope, Pa. On April 23, historical examples will be on offer. Many of its more than 275 objects illustrate late 19th century interests, from sports to fortune telling and board games.
Historically, games and gambling date back to ancient times. Some of the old game pieces were made of bones. As civilization progressed, there were ancient card games played in India. In the 15th century, chess made its debut in Italy and Spain. The ancient Indian game of “Pachisi” was renamed “Parcheesi” when it was adapted by the British in 1863 and became copyrighted in the United States in 1869 by EG Selchow & Co.
Cribbage became popular in England and France in the 17th century.
During the Civil War, the card game of poker was played by soldiers.
The first board games released in the United States were based on Christian morals. Among them were “The Pope’s and the Pagan’s Game”.
A new era of games
However, in 1860 the topics changed when game maker Milton Bradley introduced board games on topics such as marriage and business success.
One of the most popular board games ever made was Monopoly, created by the Parker Brothers in the 1930s. However, this was not the true origin of Monopoly, which was about buying and selling land. The game had been created and patented in 1904 as “The Landlord’s Game” by a woman named Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magic.
While old and old Monopoly games sell for under $ 100, there is one exception. When Parker Brothers obtained the patent rights to Monopoly in 1935, they put their name and trademark on the box and produced around 25,000 copies. Nowadays, a collector could pay up to $ 1,000 for one of them.
The game of Scrabble was designed in 1938, but was not released in mass until 1952.
The themes of the games have changed over the years to respond to current popular topics – from wars to science fiction to various films.
Games have evolved to respond to new technologies. Electronic games were first patented in 1947. Video arcade games became popular in the late 1970s. Nowadays, home computer gaming has replaced in-person gaming with other people. .
CLUES: The games that Bud Newman and his wife, Judy, are auctioning off have a wide range of estimated values, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a thousand. The current popularity of baseball cards is spreading in baseball themed games. If you are a game collector, keep your eyes on this auction.