NASCAR Monopoly: A True Collector's Item

Monopoly is one of the most famous board games of the last century. The NASCAR spinoff is great for car lovers.
Written by Alex Reale
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Car-themed games and toys can make
great gifts for kids
and adults alike. A book about the history of F1 will wow your car-obsessed aunt, and a little steering wheel with noise and lights is bound to be a fan favorite with any babies in the family.
If your giftee loves cars and board games, then the perfect gift does exist. Here’s a bit about the
history
  of NASCAR Monopoly, a collector’s edition of this classic game. 

A brief history of Monopoly

Monopoly, reports
Insider
, made its debut in 1935 and has since been played by more than a billion people. Originally conceived by a woman named Lizzie Magie, the game was refined by Charles Darrow and then sold to the ancestor of Hasbro, a game company called Parker Brothers. It went on to have huge and enduring success, and was entered into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 
The premise of Monopoly is fairly simple: you pick a piece (originally based, according to Insider, on the charms from Darrow’s niece’s bracelet) to move around the board, which has a series of properties on it. You roll the dice to determine how far your piece goes each turn, and when you land on a property you can decide (if you have the cash!) if you want to buy it. 
You work on accumulating property so that the players who land on your squares have to pay you rent. Whoever can bankrupt everyone else wins. Tough, but fair!
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NASCAR Monopoly

Monopoly, Insider again tells us, has ballooned into a game of international repute, with 47 translations and 114 countries offering it. And here in its country of origin, hundreds of spinoffs have been concocted, with every imaginable theme. 
Some Monopoly themes listed on the game’s site include “Super Mario,” “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things,” and Jurassic Park, but that’s only scratching the surface. One San Francisco jeweler-turned-artist, says
Smithsonian Magazine
, even made a solid gold version of the game—total cost, $2 million.
For our car fan, the game of choice would have to be NASCAR Monopoly.
Collectors.com
shares a few photos from a sealed 1997 edition version of the game. The pieces to choose from are crossed checkered flags, a driver’s helmet, a steering wheel, a tire, a race car, a trophy, a driver hoisting a trophy, and a tiny NASCAR logo. The game’s instructions call it “the ultimate battle for pole position,” which puts a fun twist on the plodding property-collecting of traditional Monopoly. 
You can vie for pole position for $27.99 on this site, but others appear to be going for as little as $15.00. Winning at NASCAR Monopoly might not be winning the Daytona 500, but it’s a start.
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