Special Editions - 1998 to 2002 (USA)

1998


1998 #11 Deluxe Edition Reprint 1998 #11 Deluxe Edition Reprint

In 1998, the Deluxe version was re-released but it just seems it was a reprint but a new copyright date of 1998.


1998 Wrebbit Jigsaw 1998 Wrebbit Jigsaw

1998 also had a new maker of Monopoly by the name of Wrebbit. They made the first 3D version of Monopoly, but it came in pieces as it was a 3D foam jigsaw. It came in quite a large box and the problem with it was when you had finished with it, it took up a lot of space unless you broke it back down in pieces. A very different version of Monopoly. When built it is 51.5cm square and 7.5cm high.


2000 #40942 Millennium Edition 2000 #40942 Millennium Edition

In time for the new Millennium, a few editions were released startuing in 1998. The first was housed in a silver tin. It had a mirror finished holographic board, translucent money, the strangest looking dice I’ve ever seen, and eight new tokens; the computer, video cell phone (with picture of Mr. Monopoly), in-line skate, globe, plane, futuristic car, futuristic bicycle with frictionless rim drive, and a yellow Labrador retriever. The houses and hotels were made of clear red and green plastic and were stackable.


Code: 40942


1999


2000 #41295 Avon Millennium Edition 2000 #41295 Avon Millennium Edition 2000 #41295 Avon Millennium Edition

The second Millennium version was an Avon exclusive. While it had the same dice and tokens, the board was much more plain and had entirely different properties on it. The houses and hotels were the regular style, but the houses were yellow and the hotels black. The money did have the Millennium Edition logo but was printed on regular paper. Overall, not nearly as nice a set.


Code: 41295


2000


2000 Collectors #57681 Monopoly Mover Truck

2000 saw the beginning and end of hasbrocollectors.com. Two editions were released; the first being #57681 Monopoly Mover.


The Monopoly Mover was an 18 wheeler whose trailer converted into a monopoly board. The top and sides folded out to form a miniature board, but with the exception of the Title Deeds everything else was standard size. It included eleven standard tokens. Not a practical set to play on, but a nice conversation piece.


2000 Collectors #1 Library

The other was the Collectors Edition #1 Library edition, and The Library Edition was a bookshelf edition bound in blue. It had a hex fold board with a parchment finish (along with all the cards), wooden houses and hotels, and eleven gold tone tokens including the moneybag.


The Heirloom Edition made a come back in 2000. This game appears to be identical to the 1997 Toys 'R Us edition except for the addition of a 65th anniversary sticker to the shrink wrap. This seems to be unsold stock from 1997 and was sold through Sam's Club.


2001


2001 #41503 Car 2001 #41503 Car

The #41503 car tin was made to look like the race car token. Open it up and the bankers tray and Title Deed carousel looks like a dashboard. The black bound board lies underneath and has a blue-gray face. Wooden houses and Grand hotels come next along with seven antiqued tokens; race car, ship, shoe, thimble, horse and rider, top hat, Scottie dog, and iron.


2001 #40753 Nostalgia 2001 #40753 Nostalgia

Dimensions of the box: 26.3 x 26.3 x 5.3 cm

Code: 40753

Hasbro succeeded once more to make a gain for a collector with this nice-edition-in-a-wooden-case. As well on the push out lid as on 1 of the surfaces of the twice folded game board and the midfield of the board is the engine of the 1957 edition.

When the game board has been taken out the the box a "banker's tray" remains with 6 holes to store the wooden houses and hotels, the property deeds and tokens, while notches in the partitions serve as holders for the remarkable small (43x96mm) banknotes.

Because of their sepia background the property deeds (68 x 77mm) have a very refined look. The small (45 x 76 mm) Chance and Community Chest cards are nicely illustrated again.

The 6 antique brass tokens are; race car, train, shoe, Scottie dog, top hat, and thimble

The 2 small (6 x 6 x 6 mm) dice are ivory with black pips.

The Rules are also "from the past", i.e. printed on a long narrow folded paper.


2002


2002 Michael Graves 2001 Michael Graves

It was in 2002 that the first Michael Graves designed version came out and was made exclusively for Target. This is a very heavy wooden version with a pull-out banker's drawer, unique new cast metal player tokens, newly designed hotels and houses in a Cherry-stained hardwood and veneer finish box.


Dimensions of the box: 27 x 27 x 11 cm

Code: 40889


It is a heavy and solid wooden box (with a coin with Grave's signature sticked at the bottom) with turn over game board and a small pull-out "banker's tray". It is solidly packed in a non-Monopoly-like blue cardboard box.

In the tray is a square rubber piece with 6 preshaped holes for the silvery Michael Graves designed tokens: teacup - teapot - clock - mixer - telephone and a toaster.

The small (54x60 mm) property deeds have an illustration of the special houses on their back side. The Chance- and Community Chest cards are even smaller (37x62 mm) than those of the Nostalgia edition.

The remarkable small and long (43x96mm) banknotes can be placed in the slots of the partitions. There are 2 little dark blue pouches supplied to store the very special Michael Graves design houses and "hotels" in. The 2 dice (10x10x10 mm) are ivory with black pips. The Rules are in a simple, not illustrated booklet.

Michael Graves

Michael Graves is an internationally renowened professor of architecture at Princeton University and president of the successful architectural firm that bears his name. A different circle of fans celebrates his collection of aesthetically pleasing household objects and games, many of them designed especially for Target Corporation, a chain of discount stores.


One of his designs is the housing of the Dutch Department of Health and Human Services in The Hague, Netherlands. This building height of 104m with its steep roofs and is popularly called "The two tits". The picture shows why the hotels in Michael Grave's Monopoly are tall, red stoned buildings with small windows and steep roofs.


1935 First Deluxe Edition (Replica) Item #1009 "Trade Mark"


Winning Moves has released eight different versions of a 1935 reproduction set (four boxed sets, one in a tin made for Kohl's, a wooden set made for Restoration Hardware (another version of the wooden box is available through winning Moves), and one actually produced by Hasbro for Sam's Club). These sets are complete with boards with no prices (a rate card is included to aide with property prices). They also include reproductions of the "pencil sketch" Chance and Community Chest cards (including a "Go Back To Baltic Avenue" Community Chest card that probably never saw production originally). These are nice sets and a must have for any Monopoly collection.

Winning Moves 1935 version 1 Winning Moves 1935 version 1 Winning Moves 1935 version 2

Publisher: Hasbro/Winning Moves Games - 2002

Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 51.1 cm

This edition is a re-issue of the "white boxes" as Parker Brothers published them the first time in the fall of 1934. Parker Brothers adopted this version for their Number 9.

The enclosed booklet Memories gives a good impression of life in the mids 1930's as well as of the first (American) Monopoly editions. Page 6 of this booklet shows a good picture of this set as it originally was published by Charles Darrow himself, i.e. with larger colored property deeds and more simple banknotes only showing a number in a small field.


Characteristic of these early editions are the spaces of the the game board not showing a price. The innerbox is half filled by a green cardboard and for the other half by a long plastic "banker's tray" with 7 slots for the banknotes.

The small Chance and Community Chest cards are illustrated with pictures of the early period like they were never used since.

The 10 metal tokens are: rocking horse, iron, shoe, thimble, cannon with high wheels, racing car, waterclock, purse, hat and boat. The houses and hotels have overhanging roofs without chimneys and are made of dull wood. The dice are of white plastic and so have black pips.


Winning Moves 1935 Tin Winning Moves 1935 Tin

Code: # 1071


One of the eight versions came in a metal tin which was made exclusively for Kohl's.


Restoration Hardware version by Winning Moves Restoration Hardware version by Winning Moves Restoration Hardware version by Winning Moves

1935-First Deluxe Edition (Replica), Item #1009

Publisher: Hasbro / Winning Moves Games / Restoration Hardware - 2002

Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 51.1 cm


In the numbered edition of but 60 sets some additional attention has been paid for the original Darrow design.

The bottom side of the box and black back of the game board of these sets have a sticker saying:

"This game is (in this case:) #38 out of 60 Limited Editions. It contains a "For a Good Girl" pewter thimble plus $50 and $100 bills in original colors."


The banknotes not have been accurately copied for this replica version of the original issue and even only an additional set of banknotes of $50 and $100 in the original color were added in these 60 special boxes. Maybe this was done on purpose to prevent these new bills to be used in old editions?!