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Games You Should Pick #1: King Oil

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by on December 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi everyone!

I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this feature Games You Should Pick. To make this interesting, I’m only going to talk about games I’ve actually managed to find and sell. There’s all kinds of games you should be looking out for, like Fireball Island and Dark Tower, but I haven’t managed to find either of those yet!

This week’s game is King Oil.

King Oil was released in 1974 by Milton Bradley. It’s a 3 dimensional game where players take on the roles of Oil Barons and have to build pipelines and drill for oil. The goal is simply to become the richest player in the game, while bankrupting all your competitors. There is a randomness built into the game (to the point that there are 1,728 combinations possible) with the game board, so every game will be different.

This game has a lot of small pieces and completeness is very important. What’s even more important with regards to pricing with this game, though, is box condition. If the box is in rough condition with torn or repaired corners or other kinds of damage, it dramatically reduces its worth. The individual pieces have some value too, so be sure to pick it up even if it’s obvious it’s not complete.

As far as value goes, in mint condition (meaning no shelf wear on the box at all and the inside pieces in unplayed condition), $100 is not an unreasonable expectation. From there, the price goes down dramatically. Some shelf wear with pieces in excellent condition could net as much at $65-70. A game with significant box issues or game piece issues will still go for between $30-40.

I have sold one copy of this game. It had some pretty significant issues with the box and the interior contents were well-played with. I sold it for $30, not including the shipping. I bought this game for $1.50 from an estate sale at the end of the last day, where I purchased 17 other games. It was a nice collection of vintage games and this one of the most valuable games to come out of it.

 

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