Nancy Drew Mystery board game
The Nancy Drew Mystery board game is a vintage board game based on the fictional children’s Nancy Drew.
The character of Nancy Drew was created by Edward Stratemeyer, and first appeared in 1930. She is the daughter of a successful attorney and a teenage amateur detective, who solves mysteries in her home town of River Heights.
The character has appeared in more than 200 different books, along with five feature films and two television shows. The books have sold more than 80 million copies, and been translated into 45 languages.
The Nancy Drew board game was first published in 1957 by Parker Brothers, with the permission of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and later republished in 1959. It was the first piece of merchandise to be based on the series of books.
The Parker Brothers Nancy Drew Mystery Game
The object of the game is for players to move around a board which features a number of locations from the Nancy Drew books, such as the Haunted Bridge, Red Gate Farm, Blackwood Hall and Hollow Oak, along with the Drew home and Moon Lake.
Each of the locations features the name ‘Nancy’ spelt out, and players would aim to fill the five letter space with plastic markers of their corresponding colour. The first to fill one of the location’s names with five of their own markers is the winner, as they have identified which mystery Nancy is working on.
There are a number of different variations of the game, with a 1957 release followed by U.S and Canadian releases in 1959. Each of these versions features different box cover artwork. There are also versions which feature different colour markers, cards and board spaces.
How much is a Nancy Drew Mystery board game worth?
The enduring popularity of the character means that the game, which is itself one of the earliest Nancy Drew collectibles, will always be sought after by collectors.
The most valuable version is the first release of the 1957 game. Top-quality condition copies with all their playing components and cards intact have sold for up to $150 on auction sites such as eBay, although an average price for most copies is around $30 to $50.
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