​Safestore hosted a Monopoly World Record attempt

​Safestore hosted a Monopoly World Record attempt

So, did Neil break the World Record and pass go?


What an exciting adventure Safestore have been a part of.  It all started early on Sunday the 26th of June at a DHL depot near Heathrow.  Neil Scallan, a Monopoly addict, began moving his collection of over 2,700 Monopoly boards to our Crawley store where the mammoth task of cataloguing each game was to begin.  Why, you may ask, was he cataloguing them?  To win the Guinness World Record for the largest number of individual Monopoly Sets of course!

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’.monopolygamesonpallets-(1).jpgMonopoly Games on Pallets in Loading Bay of Crawley Self StorageChris from Eastbourne Safestore Helping Out
Upon arriving at Safestore in Crawley, the games were forklifted off the DHL lorry on a total of 23 pallets; a rather impressive stash!  The games were then moved into a 1,000 square foot storage unit where each one had to be individually photographed and their unique numbers documented, to ensure there wasn’t any duplicates. 

 
Neil's Friends Helping him Document his gamesNeil had rallied a group of friends to help with this mammoth task including; Didier from Yolo Games (Belgium), Matthew from World of Monopoly, Nimi, Bestman Games (Nigeria) and our store staff, some of whom came in on their day off.
Gyles Brandreth from the One Show at Crawley SafestoreMonopoly Roadster at Safestore Crawley Self StorageMonopoly Scottie Dog at Safestore
The cataloguing went on for a couple of days and late into the night on Tuesday.  The One Show, BBC, sponsored the attempt and arranged for the Guinness World Record team to attend on the day.  It was a fabulous day and Gyles Brandreth, a One Show presenter who is also the former European Monopoly champion (and whose parents met over a game of Monopoly), was on site to watch the attempt.  There was a classic roadster on site with an eccentric driver, a Scottie Dog, and we made a mad dash to the local DIY store to buy a wheelbarrow. 

Trump Card Showing number of Monopoly BoardsNeil Scallens Guinness World Record Certificateneilwithguinness-(1).jpg
Best of all, however, was Neil’s incredible record which came in at a whopping 1677 unique sets!  The previous record of only 500 has a long way to go in order to beat Neil – so congratulations from the Safestore team for taking collections to a whole other level, Neil!

Panoramic of all the Monopoly Games in a Self Storage Unit

More information about Neil and his Collection can be found here:
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Chris Rawlinson | 16 November 2016 at 02:47 AM
I've been a Monopoly game fan and player since I was a child. I only recently, and quite accidentally, began collecting Monopoly games. I'd have to say it was just pure nostalgia in the beginning: I just got a kind of warm and fuzzy feeling holding the same edition box I had played as a young kid (1961). Frequenting second hand stores and thrift shops on a regular basis here in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, I soon began bringing home other editions. As well as loving the games and all the variety of editions, I think I may also actually be addicted to pewter tokens!! I now have a small collection of both games and tokens, and have begun to meet other Monopoly fans in my part of the world. My new friend Deb introduced me to the World of Monopoly,com website, where I learned of Neils' fantastic, World-Record collection. It's a bit weird that Neil reports not being a Monopoly game player, but all the same, those of us who love the game, and love collecting the games, salute you Neil on this record breaking achievement. Bravo!
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