Taking a Chance on Neil, the Monopoly Collector

Taking a Chance on Neil, the Monopoly Collector

Neil's Guinness World Record Attempt 


One thing we have found with all of the collectors that we’ve met to date, whether it was Taxidermy, Slot Cars or Radios, is that they’re all incredibly excited about their collections and love to share them.  This wasn’t any different when we met Neil Scallan who approached us with his huge collection of Monopoly boards.  In fact, he was so excited to share his collection with us he was waiting on the door step when we arrived to interview him!  His enthusiasm was infectious.
 

Where it all began

We first came across Neil via one of our stores where he popped in to enquire about storage space for his vast collection of Monopoly Games.
 
Speaking to him during our interview the questions began with ‘why Monopoly’?  The average family might own one or two boards, so it certainly made us curious when he revealed that his collection is in the region of over 3,000! 
 
Neil’s obsession with collecting Monopoly boards only started 10 years ago when he was on holiday.  He wanted to buy a souvenir that reminded him of his holiday but a keyring or a fridge magnet was too predictable.  So instead, he opted for a Monopoly board and that’s where it all began.

  " My girlfriend does her nut "

His passion for collecting has grown over the years and he now scours the internet every day for a board to add to his collection.  He is also open to travelling overseas in search of rare boards and whilst most of us would get frustrated at the thought of a plane delay at the end of a trip, Neil sees it as a further opportunity to do some more Monopoly shopping.  On one trip to the United States he was thrilled when he was delayed in Minneapolis on his way back from Vegas and got to shop in one of Americas biggest shopping malls!
 

How many versions are there?

Prior to meeting Neil we had no idea that there were so many different versions of Monopoly.  Currently the classic board is manufactured in 47 different languages and sold in over a 100 countries.   However there are also custom editions for countries, regions, cities, corporations and clubs and on top of that there are also themed editions.  To put it this way, you’d struggle to think of a topic and not find a Monopoly Version. 
 
We’ve also learned that Safestore commissioned their very own version years ago.  We hope to track it down one day so if you’re reading this and have one, please do get in touch!

Buzzfeed posted about 13 of The Weirdest Monopoly Editions Ever Created a few years back including a Bass Fishing Edition, Horse Lovers and Swindon.  This should give you a pretty good idea of the variety available.
 

Fun facts about Neil’s collection

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  • Neil normally only collects one of each set and they remain sealed. 
  • He currently has every set from New Zealand. 
  • His two favourites are The Hong Kong Limited Edition and Kinder Eggs. 
  • His most sought after board is the 1,000,000 Edition board, a limited edition board designed to commemorate the publication of Monopoly’s millionth copy – they only made 100.
  • When asked if he played monopoly himself, the answer was a surprising no!
 
In June this year, he’ll be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most Monopoly Board Games.  He is fairly confident he’ll break it as the current record is 500 sets and, as previously mentioned he estimates his collection at roughly 3,000 (although he’s not entirely sure because he’s never curated them).

  " My parents have no idea how many I actually have..."

At the moment the collection is spread across two locations; some are in his parents’ loft but the vast majority are in his bedroom.  They’re stacked from floor to ceiling and take up a lot of the living space – hardly surprising as the games are about 6 rows deep!

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  " I'm looking forward to see the sets I haven't seen for a long time! "

We’re lucky enough to be able to get involved with Neil’s World Record attempt.  The games are currently being relocated to DHL, 400 at a time, and from there they’ll be transported to one of our stores where we’ve given him a large self storage unit for a week (and free parking, wink wink!).  The unit will come complete with racking so he can catalogue and photograph them all prior to submitting his application to Guinness World Records and hopefully give the public and the press an opportunity to view this impressive collection.  We will keep you posted but let’s keep our fingers crossed that Neil can monopolize the record attempt!
 
(We apologise sincerely for the terrible puns throughout this post)
 

Win one of two Inflatable Games (Monopoly or Scrabble)

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Neil has generously given us two games to give-away.  To enter simply use the rafflecopter form below. Competition ends on the 30th of June.  Full terms and conditions can be viewed at the bottom of the form, in short UK residents only 18+ years of age.  Winners and prizes will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

  ​a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

This competition is listed on Loquax and Prize Finder.

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34 comments
van de poel Cindy | 22 October 2016 at 09:01 AM
i'm in belgium a big collector of Monoply games i have 185 piece's off the games , when you have dubbel games , can you send me them
van de poel
oude molenstraat 131
9100 sint-niklaas
oost- vlaanderen
Belgium
Amanda Williams | 30 June 2016 at 03:52 PM
Good Luck
Natalie Crossan | 29 June 2016 at 11:05 PM
Has to be monopoly, such a classic x
Louise | 29 June 2016 at 09:43 PM
I loved monopoly but have to admit to cheating and 'storing' extra houses lol
Thomas Perry | 29 June 2016 at 09:39 PM
My fave board game was Mouse Trap, I loved it
sarah rowland | 29 June 2016 at 08:45 PM
always love monopoly as a child and even more so as an adult, cant wait for my 3 boys to reach the age of game playing
Laura Pritchard | 29 June 2016 at 08:04 PM
I always adored Heroquest!
Jayne Kelsall | 29 June 2016 at 04:51 PM
Monopoly was actually my favourite, funnily enough I came accross it a couple of weeks ago, the old original one from when I was a child ( which was a while ago now ) .x
Rebecca Howells | 29 June 2016 at 03:19 PM
You can't beat Pictionary - suitable for young and old! A great family game.
Victoria Prince | 29 June 2016 at 03:17 PM
My favourite was always MouseTrap :)
Laura Whittle | 29 June 2016 at 01:54 PM
Cluedo
Jessica Townley | 29 June 2016 at 12:47 PM
I used to love Game of Life - especially the older version, I don't like these new ones!
Vickie Jackson | 29 June 2016 at 11:13 AM
I used to love playing mousetrap, and I love now playing hungry hippos with my kids :)
Jo Hutchinson | 29 June 2016 at 01:20 AM
The original monopoly.
sion gibby | 28 June 2016 at 06:24 PM
fingers crossed!
Mandy Smith | 28 June 2016 at 11:38 AM
I love playing scrabble and try to beat my nan
Michaela Hannah | 28 June 2016 at 07:29 AM
I loved playing Mouse trap
Eileen Tingle | 26 June 2016 at 11:20 PM
My favourite game was Ludo
Stacy Fenemore | 26 June 2016 at 09:04 PM
I loved cluedo and game of life
sadiyya maryam | 26 June 2016 at 07:03 PM
Monopoly. I still love playing this with my brothers when we get together!
Louise ryves | 26 June 2016 at 05:18 PM
I loved the game of life
Allan Fullarton | 26 June 2016 at 03:43 PM
Love Cluedo, it's our family game.
Susan B | 26 June 2016 at 12:45 PM
My favourite board game as a child was snakes and ladders. I had clever siblings so they always beat me at games of skill so I loved snakes and ladders because it is a game of chance and sometimes I won!
janine atkin | 26 June 2016 at 12:16 PM
i loved cluedo
Tee Simpson | 25 June 2016 at 08:27 PM
Monopoly because I was always the banker!
Anthea Holloway | 25 June 2016 at 06:17 PM
I always loved snakes and ladders when I was a child.
JULIE WARD | 24 June 2016 at 11:29 PM
I used to play bingo with my nan (if that counts) and snakes and ladders
michelle o'neill | 24 June 2016 at 06:42 AM
i loved cluedo x
Shalene Hodder | 22 June 2016 at 04:02 PM
I always loved Monopoly as a child. the whole family would play it. Then we would argue over who was taking money out of the bank :)
Christine Caple | 22 June 2016 at 01:12 PM
We love Trivial Pursuit
Kristyn Harris | 22 June 2016 at 12:51 PM
My favourite board game is scrabble
kimberley ryan | 21 June 2016 at 02:11 PM
I love to play Hungry Hippos with my little ones at the moment, it is utter chaos, but great fun.
Adrian Bold | 20 June 2016 at 11:44 PM
I used to love playing Risk. Always have loved playing more strategy based games though.
MANDY DOHERTY | 19 June 2016 at 02:31 PM
Loved the game Mousetrap as a child
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