Special Editions - 1991 to 1997 (USA)

1991

1991 #9 Last Salem Front 1991 #9 Last Salem Logo

In 1991, Hasbro took over Kenner who owned Parker Bros, and before the end of the year, they closed the original Salem, MA plant. To commemorate the company going out of business, the President, Mr. John Moore had a limited edition of the Monopoly game made for only his employees. He personally signed each one and presented the games to his employees as a parting gift upon their arrival to the going away party. It says on the box "Last edition Published in Salem, Massachusetts" which sets it apart from all the other games. What the box doesn't say is that this whole game was assembled by management. Some parts are different from the regular monopoly game.


1991 Deluxe Anniversary Edition 1991 Deluxe Anniversary Edition

1991 brought about a re-release of the #7 but with a white border instead of dark blue.


1991 Franklin Mint Collector's 1991 Franklin Mint Collector's 1991 Franklin Mint Collector's 1991 Franklin Mint Collector's

In 1991 The Franklin Mint got together with Parker Brothers and produced Monopoly, The Collector's Edition. This is easily the highest priced mass produced Monopoly game at the time. From $500 in 1991 to $600 more than 10 years later when production finally ceased, this edition had it all. Silver plated houses, gold plated hotels and reproduction tokens were just the beginning. A painted, raised wooden track shows all the classic Atlantic City street names. Inside this, a recessed playing surface is covered with felt. The components are stored in a drawer inside the cabinet. In 2009, Franklin Mint produced another collector's edition. This one looks very similar to the original, with the only apparent change being the colour of the track on the board. The original had the spaces painted on dark wood, the new version has the classic greenish track. This set was finally released in 2009 (see here).


1994

1994 Franklin Mint Player

Franklin Mint began producing Monopoly games in the 80’s with the release of the Player’s edition. This edition was designed to store and protect the playing pieces safely while presenting a distinctive and handsome playing board that could be displayed when a game was not in progress. The playing board is hard-wood framed and lifts off a matched oak-stained base to reveal fitted compartments to protect and store all the playing pieces. All the pieces from the original game were included with polished pewter playing tokens.

Dimensions of the table: 7.5 x 52.5 x 52.5 cm

It is a poorer issue, shown by:

The set consists of a wooden bottom section, for the storage of the accessories and a wooden top section, being the game board of this edition.

Although the picture gives the impression the play-field to be green felt-lined, it is not! The surface is but plastic with printed text.

The 10 tokens are of simple pewter. They are: ship, cannon, iron, lantern, shoe, purse, race car, rocking horse, thimble and top hat. These are re-creations of the original 1935 edition "charms".

The houses and hotels do have the special Franklin Mint designed shapes but they are made of red and  blue green plastic.

On the other hand:

The Chance and Community Chest cards are as nice as those of the Collector's edition and have therefore all funny illustrations with Uncle Pennybags.

The banknotes have a design typical for this edition.

The property deeds are the same, although without a "Real Estate Portfolio".

This copy is without a pedestal, nor a glass cover or Millionair's chairs.

1994 Franklin Mint Player

1995

1995 60th Anniversary 1995 60th Anniversary

1995 marked the 60th anniversary and Parker Brothers celebrated by putting out a beautiful gold foil 60th Anniversary Edition. The game board had the look of aged parchment, the money was redesigned and larger, a top hat dice cup was included, and 8 large antique brass tokens reminiscent of tokens found in the 1936 Gold and De Luxe editions.


1995 #11 Deluxe  

1995 also saw the release of the #11 Deluxe Edition. This set had a nicer board than the #9, Deluxe Edition double supply of money, a Title Deed carousel, a removable plastic banker’s tray, eleven gold tone tokens, and came in a foil covered box. In 1998 this box was also shortened, the board became a quad fold, and the moneybag token was added bringing the total to twelve tokens.


1995 #11 Deluxe Toys R Us 50th 1995 #11 Deluxe Toys R Us 50th 1995 #11 Deluxe Toys R Us 50th

Also, there was a special release of the #11 Deluxe Edition. Same as the #11 Deluxe it also includes a pewter medallion as well as other pewter tokens. These are meant to represent 50 years of classic games and toys as this was made for Toys'R'Us 50 years.

1995 #11 Deluxe

1997

1997 #4080 Heirloom Edition 1997 #4080 Heirloom Edition

In 1997 the most expensive Parker Brothers Monopoly game to date was released, the Toys "R" Us exclusive, $100 heirloom edition. This set came in a beautiful wood box and had a luxurious board, money that almost looked real, wooden houses and hotels, a wooden banker’s tray, a Title Deed carousel, and a coin for each denomination of money. It also came with a game log to be passed down through the generations. It also had eleven tokens in gold tone including an exclusive piggy bank token.