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The most expensive properties in 11 special edition Monopoly games
Yep, there was a Bass Fishing Edition
 
Sorry, Boardwalk, you're no monopoly of valuable property.
Sorry, Boardwalk, you're no monopoly of valuable property. (Steve Miller/Star Ledger/Corbis)

The board spaces on the original Monopoly game were based on locations in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Through the game, the hoity-toitiest spots for property development, Boardwalk and Park Place, came to symbolize the uppermost reaches of real estate value. Since Parker Brothers (and later, Hasbro) began licensing the game for alternate versions, there have been hundreds of Monopoly offshoots and they all have to pick something to serve as their own Boardwalk and Park Place. If it's a city, they will usually correspond to the fanciest intersection. If it's a country, they'll be the two most powerful cities. But Monopoly editions cover a whole range of areas beyond simple geography. You want to know what's considered valuable in a particular area of interest? Look to the Boardwalk and Park Place of its Monopoly edition. Here are the most valuable spaces from 11 special edition Monopoly boards.

1. THE .COM EDITION

In 2000, just before the end of the dotcom boom, Hasbro published .com Monopoly. Boardwalk was Yahoo (costing $400 million) and Park Place was Excite@home (costing $350 million). Anyone remember what that was? Me neither.

2. THE PHINEAS AND FERB EDITION

Naturally, the most valuable properties are Phineas and Ferb's backyard and The Tri-State Area.

3. ELVIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Of course Graceland is going to be Boardwalk, but what about the No. 2 spot? Viva Las Vegas, baby.

4. NATIONAL PARKS EDITION

How do you determine the value of a National Park? Yellowstone and Yosemite are the Boardwalk and Park Place of this version. Sure, those are great parks, but there's something very unsettling about this one. Yea, national parks! Let's develop some properties and start raking in profits!

5. BASS FISHING EDITION

If you know bass fishing (I don't), you know it's gotta be Lake Fork and Lake Champlain.

6. SEINFELD EDITION

A show about nothing still needs to take place somewhere. Jerry's Apartment and Monk's Restaurant are the center of this world.

7. MY LITTLE PONY EDITION

Friendship is magic, but it won't pay the rent. Stake your claim early on Canterlot and Crystal Empire.

8. SOUTH PARK EDITION

Cartmanland and Imaginationland, where else?

9. A CHRISTMAS STORY EDITION

The properties in this version are important objects from the movie, like a frozen flagpole, a bar of soap, and a pink bunny suit. But in this world, BB Gun and Leg Lamp get top position.

10. KISS-OPOLY

What is true value? A KISS Platinum Gold Box Set and a Japanese Vinyl Box Set.

11. MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: THE WORLD EDITION

If you're going to make a World Edition of Monopoly, you've got to be diplomatic about how you decide what the two most valuable places in the world should be. Hasbro decided to let the world decide for itself, holding an international vote in 2008 to determine which cities would be included on the board. That's how it came about that Montreal, Canada, and Riga, Latvia, the two cities with the most votes, became the Boardwalk and Park Place of the world.

 
Arika Okrent is editor-at-large at TheWeek.com and a frequent contributor to Mental Floss. She is the author of In the Land of Invented Languages, a history of the attempt to build a better language. She holds a doctorate in linguistics and a first-level certification in Klingon.

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