Green Ghost board game
The game was released in 1965 by Transogram, and advertised as the world’s first ‘glow-in-the-dark’ board game. Different versions of the game were released in different countries, with U.S, Canadian and Australian versions. The Australian game was released by Ideal.
The main difference between versions is the colour of the playing board; the colour of the spots can vary from red to yellow or brown depending on the version.
The Transogram Green Ghost board game
The aim of the game is to move around the board, which is raised up on stilts, and fall through the holes in the board into one of the ‘pits’ which contain green ‘ghost children’. These can be collected using keys, or found inside three ‘crypts’ which contain items such as snakes and ‘bat’feathers.
Once all the ghost children have been collected, they are placed in the central spinner which resembles a larger green ghost with a pointing hand. The ghost is spun, and whichever child it eventually points to is the ghost’s own child (named Kelly). Whichever player collected that particular ghost child during the game is the winner.
How much is a Transogram Green Ghost board game worth?
Due to its unique playing board and the novelty of glow-in-the-dark pieces, the Green Ghost game is popular with collectors.
However, the large number of components means that completed versions are fairly rare. Copies with of their playing pieces intact can sell for between $50 to $150 on auction sites such eBay, depending on their condition.
Spare pieces can often be found for sale separately, enabling collectors to complete their incomplete games.