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Derek Berwin
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I have a boxed set of dr busby. The box shows just dr busby in a small scrolled window on the left and a small horse and carriage on the right. It says in a separate window Oldest American Game and Parker Brothers Salem.

The cards are plain I.e. not decorated and have plain backs. There are 20 cards.

On the rule sheet the word Dairy Made is crossed out and Dolls inserted.

Any help please. Based in UK.
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Liam Liam
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Kindly do not delete your question as it destroys all my work!

Here's our record for it:
Dr. Busby (1840)

your copy sounds like a later reprint to me post 1905.
(or not see below. I though this based on the oldest american game seeming like an odd claim at the time. It's not true and Parker said the same for another game, The Mansion of Happiness in 1894; on the gameboard was written the line, “The first board game ever published in America”.)
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Liam Liam
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Update:

Is this your copy:



ca. 1900 according to:
http://www.thestrong.org/online-collections/nmop/3/41/107.25...

or

1890 according to:
http://thebiggamehunter.com/main-menu-bar/history/timeline/

So it's definitely after 1887 as that is the year Parker Brothers bought out Ives and definitely after 1888 as this was when the company name was changed to Parker Brothers.

I can't find many any other Parker Brother versions with this name... this may be because despite Parker Brothers purchased the rights, Milton Bradley was the first to copyright the game's name.

Thus I conclude your game is between 1888, when they had the rights and the company was called Parker brothers, and 1905 - when Milton Bradley's game of the same name emerges.

This is highly speculative as all info comes from websites.

Is it worth any money... could be if you can find two buyers but it won't be big money.
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Derek Berwin
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Yes that is my version and I thank you so much for your response. I wasn't thinking of selling but merely to find out an approx. age etc.,

If the time comes to sell, how would you suggest goung about t?

many thanks Derek.
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Liam Liam
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It's a bit of a bugger...

I'd see if you can get the item valued. I suspect £80-£120 would be a good price but I simply don't know - if two collectors really want it the price will increase. This assumes its in ok condition (given it's age) and is complete.

Depending on the price:

If it's high, ideally I'd find a specialist auction sale for boardgames or children's toys (ensure they list it online.) If you put it into a general sale without a reserve based on a valuation then it could sell for £20 as you are limited to who is on the room.

If it's low ebay or just keep it as it will increase in value over time.

The oldest American game claim and the representations of African-Americans should ensure enduring interest.
 
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col_w
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There is a marketplace on this site you can use to sell games - there's also a link to it from the game page Liam gave you earlier. You have to pay the site a 3% commission if sell through the marketplace.

There are also auctions, however you can currently only auction games for GeekGold, the virtual currency used on this site, not real money.

Either way I don't think it'll attract much attention since the game page states that there are currently 0 users wanting it.
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Liam Liam
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col_w wrote:
There are also auctions, however you can currently only auction games for GeekGold, the virtual currency used on this site, not real money.


That's not entirely true. You can auction games on the site for cash and set a reserve. It's simply done via a forum thread/geeklist system. 3% commission is required by BGG.

Example

I can talk you thought this if you wish to go ahead... but in all honesty BGG tend to be players of games first and collectors of old games last. Still you could start the action at £X and if no one bids you don't have to pay anything.
 
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Joseph Angiolillo
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The game you show in the image is found in the 1894 Parker Brothers catalogue. Joe Angiolillo (19th Century Salem game historian)
 
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