Milton Bradley Hopalong Cassidy board game
The Milton Bradley Hopalong Cassidy board game is a vintage game based on the fictional cowboy character Hopalong Cassidy.
The character of Hopalong Cassidy was created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford, and appeared in a number of short stories and novels before making the transition to feature films in 1935 (as played by William Boyd). Boyd later bought the rights to both the character and the feature films when the series was cancelled, and found huge success by transferring them to television.
Hopalong Cassidy became the first network television Western in 1949, and its popularity across the U.S led to the a wave of merchandising. Cassidy became the first character to appear on a children’s lunchbox, and in 1950 was the first television star to feature in their own boardgame.
The Milton Bradley Hopalong Cassidy board game
The game can be played by 2 – 4 players, each taking on the role of a Sheriff’s deputy. Players must move around the board, which represents a Wild West setting including Jake’s Tavern and an Outlaw’s Hideout, capturing outlaws and returning them to the Sheriff’s jail. The winner of the game is the player that makes the most reward money.
The board features a number of points at which captured prisoners can escape if the player lands on them, such as “Masked man helps prisoner to escape” and “Rattlesnake frightens horses and prisoner escapes”.
How much is a Milton Bradley Hopalong Cassidy board game worth?
The game is the first ever made to be based around a television character, and as such is a milestone of sorts for boardgame collectors. It is also a popular item for Hopalong Cassidy collectors, and is sought after in good condition.
Copies with all their playing pieces intact can sell for between $20 - $50 on auction sites such as eBay, depending on their condition.
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