1985 to 2007 (USA)


1985 #9 Front 1985 #9 Back

1985 was Parker Brothers fiftieth anniversary with Monopoly and they showed it in a big way. First, the venerable #9 was redesigned, still showing the fourth side of the board, but the Monopoly was moved above it and Mr. Monopoly (Rich Uncle Pennybags at this time) was bursting out of the center "O". The game inside remained unchanged except that #9 finally had ten tokens again. During the run of this version ownership of Parker Brothers changed several times. General Mills spun off Kenner and Parker Brothers as Kenner Parker Toys in 1986. In 1988 Tonka purchased Kenner Parker, and then sold out to Hasbro in 1991. I don’t have all of these variations, but I would guess that legal lines would have changed on the box after each acquisition.


1996 #9 Front 1996 #9 Back

In 1991, Hasbro took over Kenner who owned Parker Bros. By 1996 the box bottom had changed to a full colour picture of the game, the Parker Brothers logo was added to the bottom right of the cover (and had changed from black on white to white on blue), and Monopoly had become a brand. Shortly after this 1996 version was another which added "Includes Short Game Rules" to the upper left of the cover. This was the last "long" box for #9.


1998 #9 Rich Uncle Pennybags 1998 #9 Rich Uncle Pennybags 1998 #9 Rich Uncle Pennybags

In 1998 the box was shortened and the board became a quad fold. The money bag token was added to the upper right of the cover and Family Game Night was added to the upper left.


1999 #9 Front 1999 #9 Back 1999 #9 Inset

In 1999 Rich Uncle Pennybags was no more. He had an official name change to Mr. Monopoly. This name change is seen on the back of the #9. This was the only change on the #9 in 1999. 2000 saw the moneybag removed from the upper right corner and a 65th anniversary logo added.


2000 #9 65th Anniversary

In 2001 the Moneybag was put back on the front of the box.


2004 #9 2004 #9

In 2004, #9 had a reprint.


2005 #9

In 2005 there was another change to #9. The graphics on the front of the box were changed for the first time in 20 years. Mr. Monopoly is seen running down the fourth side of the board (now from "GO" to "COMMUNITY CHEST"). There are buildings behind him, and the Monopoly logo is in a cloudy blue sky.


2007 #9

The next change was the addition of a speed die (licensed from Winning Moves Games) in 2007.