Star Reporter game
The Star Reporter game is a vintage board game based on newspaper reporters, published by the American company Parker Bros.
The game was originally based on the exploits of the real-life news reporter Boake Carter, who had risen to fame in the U.S after his coverage of the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping case and regular radio reports.
The first version of the game, released in 1937, was known as ‘Boake Carter's Game - Star Reporter’, although the reissued version in 1952 simply became the ‘Star reporter’ game. There are several versions of the game, as it was republished and repackaged in the following years:
The Parker Bros. Star Reporter board game
The object of the game is to beat your opponents to important news stories by travelling around a board representing the fictional city of Urbania. Each player draws a card featuring a location and a news story on it, and can then choose a method of transport to use to get to the story.
Other features included ‘Catastrophe’ and ‘Disaster’ cards, which featured stories all players had to report on, and the ability to telephone a fictional newspaper editor to receive another story to cover. Points were awarded for different types of story, until the cards were used and a single player was awarded the title of ‘Star reporter’ for gaining the most points.
How much is a Star Reporter board game worth?
The most sought after version of the game is the early 1937 first edition. In good condition, with all its playing pieces, this version has sold for up to $250 on auction sites such as eBay and is failry rare. The various 1950s versions are far more common, and can often be purchased for $5 - $20 depending on condition.
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