Edition: January 1, 2013
Because of the special attention print errors etc. do get with stamps
from philatelists, I thought it might be of interest to report such mistakes
with Monopoly games. Such as:
From the very origine of the American Atlantic City editions a small mistake
crept in the rents of the yellow
Normally all rents of the first 2 streets of one block of 3 are equal while
those of the 3rd street are somewhat more expensive. However, that
didn't apply for the yellow
streets for decades!
For indistinct reasons only the rent for the unbuilt most expensive yellow
street has been the same as that of the other 2, for example:
Atlantic City - 1935
These property deeds come from the 1935-First Deluxe Edition (Replica), item
#1009 of 2002.
STRAND on the London gameboard
The first red property on the UK gameboard
with the streets of London is, and has always been
according to the board STRAND only,
but the matching property deed says it to be
THE STRAND even untill 1993.
London - 1972
These property deeds come from the standard edition, Ref. # 44021.
Singapore - 1987
These property deeds come from the Singapore edition -"The Lion
City", Ref. #402S
Not until 1982 and often even later, as the specimen of Singapore
shows, the rent of the unbuilt property
of the 3rd street was raised.
This phenomenon applied for all countries where Parker Brothers and Waddingtons
issued their Monopoly
Switzerland - ±1940
See what the Swiss did:
In the very early editions the
error Parker made was followed by the Swiss manufacturer Carlit,
viz. 3 times the same rent of Fr.440 was
applied to the unbuilt yellow
Carlit probably recognized Parker's mistake soon and improved
it the wrong way in making the
rent of the unbuilt property of the most expensive street, Rue de Bourg,
the lowest, viz. Fr.400,-
instead of Fr.480. That was maintained till about the end of the
sixtees, after which the fault of 3x the
same rent of Fr. 440 was re-introduced. It is absolutely unclear for
This version has been maintained till the issues of 1985, when the rent
for the unbuilt Rue de Bourg
finally became Fr.480.
Finland - ± 1939
Parker Brothers' error was also taken over in the first Finnish editions,
meaning the rent on all 3 unbuilt properties being mk 4.000.
However, in the ±1944 edition an additional error appeared: the yello
bar on the Mikonkatu property deed is missing.
Februari 2007 Geert-Jan Siertsema - NL found an English edition, so
with the London game board, before WW II bought by his grandpa with Perry (the Dutch distributor
of the English Monopoly editions) in Groningen - NL.
With that was, except for a Banker's Tray (or Money Holder), an additional set
of banknotes of the design of that time, so "printed in black on
colored paper (except for the 500 note)".
It is not traceable anymore which of the 2 sets originally came with the game
and which one with the Banker's Tray, but there is a remarkable difference
between both sets.
The notes of one set have the usual mention "Pat.app.for N° 3796-36",
while those of the other set wrongly mention "Patent N° 3796-36".
However, such a patent never exsisted, because, as Harold Lee - UK
knows to report, the application of patent was made (by Parker Brothers)
on 7th Febr. 1936, while the patent, with nr. 453689, was granted on 16th
These banknotes with the wrong patent number may only have been used for the
The exsistance of this mistake wasn't known until this moment, what probably
means the circulation must have been rather low.
±1941 English "Mini box" edition - "error
Harold Lee's collection contains various editions that can be regarded as "error sets", because
they all have some kind of print error or production mistake.
The error in this edition is the misprint of the property deeds of all green
streets. The absence of the green bar on the
deeds of Regent-, Oxford- and Bondstreet must have been caused by the lack of
Harold now hopes to ever be able to find a set in which those bars are only
partly green printed.
May 2012 Matt Robinson - UK pointed me out to this
misprint of the 50.- banknote of a UK "Mini-box edition with separate
gameboard", where this note ought to be in purple
rather than in green.
Production has erroneously taken the green
sheets destined for the 20.- notes to print the 50.- denomination on.
As Harold Lee-UK became aware of this Matt's contribution
he wondered why he didn't mention the £20 note of that same edition as well.
Because, as the picture alongside proves, the colors of the £20 and £50 notes,
the paper quality and the printing in the banknote sets of all Waddingtons
London editions frequently changed over the period ±1936 till ±1965.
So, knowing this phenomenon, the appearance of these two notes in a set give a
close approach of the year of production of that game!
±1946 - India - Standard London edition - black box
- UK owns various early Bombay
manufactured Standard London editions, so those showing the illustration of
"2 engines, 2 houses and the £-sign
through the middle O" in the board's midfield.
To his surprise he discovered 3 remarkable print errors in his black
box edition, he reported
"One of my most interesting finds is the printer did not
know English places and have misspelt
one of the stations: Fenchurch
Station as French St. Station.
Another misspelling was found in the Chance card that should
read "Drunk in charge" Fine
£20 and see what the printer has made of it!
And besides the board of this set has The Angel Islington
of pale blue."
Dutch Monopoly De Luxe ("black box")
de Koning - NL wrote me next story:
"Yesterday I plaid a game of Monopoly with my mother as it attracted
my attention that our edition (published by N.V.
Smeets & Schippers Amsterdam, Monopoly De Luxe, patent no. 453689 ) contains
On the A-Kerkhof and Groote
Markt a player has to pay for a hotel more (viz. fl
1050,-) than on the Heerestraat (fl1000,-),
while the Heerestraat used to be the most expensive, viz. fl 1100,-!"
1987 - Singapore:
The Singapore edition "The Lion City", ref. #402S
from 1987 shows to have a printer's error: On the game board is the
well-known utility Electric Company, however, the corresponding property
deed calls it Electric Station.
1996 - Hybrid edition of Ref.Nr. 14535:
Czech lid on Dutch innerbox.
In a shipment of Monopoly editions I myself collected in 2004
with Hasbro - D, appeared only some time later a number of editions having been
wrongly put together. That is something one doesn't expect and it only appears
the moment you intend to play and take the shrinkwrap of the box.
But fortunately this rarity was found in time and the box wasn't opened.
That the set is still in its original sealing may appear from the large picture
(too be obtained by clicking on the small picture).
David Miller - UK, bought a copy of this hybrid set March 2007 from
someone who bought it in Bratislava himself. It was offered on the ebay auction
site as a Slovak Monopoly, what it isn't! Although a sticker of
the seller (see the picture; presumably a junk dealer who bought up Hasbro's
misproduction) is in Slovakian and a copied Slovakian Rules is
put inside the shrinkwrap the lid of the set is in Czech and the bottom in
Dutch. I wonder if Hasbro would have cooperated with Tinaco to originally
shrinkwrap this set with a copied Rules or that this firm re-shrinkwrapped the
set after it had added these Rules and put its stickers on top the barcode.
At this stage my curiosity became that great that I decided to open my own
edition, assuming the content would show a Dutch game board .... However, to my
great surprise the board and cards are all Czech, so with the streets
of Prague, instead of Bratislava, as the lid of the game already promissed!
So in fact this edition is a complete Czech set, except for the bottom part of
No idea why it is introduced as a Slovak edition in Slovakia.
2000 - Hybrid edition of Ref.Nr. 14535:
Hungarian lid on Spanish(Madrid) innerbox.
In the same shipment of 2004 were a few more hybrid editions,
but of a different combination. As it appears from the picture (click
on the small picture for a larger one) it now concerns the lid of the
standard Hungarian edition on the innerbox of the standard Spanish
edition of the Madrid design.
Consequently it is very likely other hybrid combinations having been caused in
that same period, like f.e. the reverse of this composition, so: a Spanish lid
on a Hungarian innerbox. However, this hybrid variant hasn't yet turned up.
- €uro edition, Ref.Nr.05597
Europe edition, Ref.Nr.15283
In 1999 Parker/ Hasbro took the opportunity
of the introduction of the Euro to launch another special European edition.
Since 1991 the EEC/EU was expanded by 3 countries, whereas the subject was
raised that after1999 another 7 new countries would join. The makers of
this edition had already anticipated on this by situating those countries at the
beginning of the game. The most expansive properties are the capitals of those
countries being member from the start. Groups that became member the same moment
are ranged according to the number of inhabitants of their capital cities.
So the first 7 capitals and countries from this edition were ranged as follows
on the various game boards:
Vilnius (Lithuania) - Riga
(Latvia) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Bukarest
(Romania) - Warschau (Poland) - Boedapest
(Hungaria) - (wrong, this is not the capital!)>Genève
(Switserland) ..... etc.
However ..... the knowledge of geography of the designers of
this game board apparently was not of a high level, because they were wrong
These errors were mended in later editions.
- Hungary - Itt és Most! (Here and Now), Ref.Nr.
As the ref.nr. shows the Hungarian version of "Here and Now" was also
launched mid 2005 .
Striking to this game are the many question marks (?) in the text at the
bottom of the box. They represent as many times an é, a character not
very typical even for Hungarian with its many accents.(Click
for a larger picture on adjacent one.)
I never got an answer on my letter to Hasbro - Budapest, questioning if and if
so when an improved edition would be launched.
2006 - USA - Here & Now - Ref.Nr. 00402
It was Perla Calas from the USA who pointed me to this
very special edition of hers: "I have a Monopoly edition "Here and Now", US version 2006, where all the
property cards are misprinted on the reverse. I have attached pictures of the
front and back of one card as well as a
video demonstrating that it is, in fact, the same card. All the property cards
have the same error: They all have one property on the front and a completely
different property on the back.
Is there someone else having the same misprinted edition? Please tell me!
2009 - Hungary - CITY edition - Ref.Nr. 0701790165:
The designers of this Hungarian game board
a stitch: The Start corner of the board namely shows Strat and so
this error is visible everywhere the image of the board is shown, so on the lid,
the bottom side of the box and on page 4 of the Rules.
However, it is written the correct way in texts like those of the the Chance cards)
and of the Rules.
2010 - Germany - CITY edition -
Like with the Hungarian issue of the CITY edition the designers have dropped
stitch, what apparently was not recognized
before the game went into production:
In the Jail-corner ought to be shown "Nur zu Besuch" but it says
"Zu nur zu Besuch".