My board is the same - very different from the one my parents have (much more washed out).
Yeah that's a very good way to describe it washed out! It's not like I ever left it out in the sun or anything. I think this is the way that it has always looked.
I'm wondering if they did different prints of this game or if it was a bad batch when they were printing it. Do you think this would hurt or help the resale value of this game if I ever did try to sell it?