Today’s exhibit is the “really nice Casper item” I acquired at Albany Comic Con in June. At that convention, I saw a vendor I had not seen before with a table full of interesting older items. One item in particular caught my eye, the “Casper the Friendly Ghost Game” by Milton Bradley Company. I spoke with the vendor, Mr. Darrell C. Pinckney, and found that he does artifact preservation. In the case of this particular game, he had cleaned and deacidified it. It is easily one of the oldest items in the collection, yet it looks almost new thanks to Mr. Pinckney’s efforts. I was happy to be able to buy the game from him, and I hope to work with Mr. Pinckney in the future on preserving the rest of the collection.
Board games were an important part of my childhood. I cannot even begin to guess how many hours of my youth were spent playing games with friends and family. While electronic gaming has mostly replaced playing board games, board games remain highly collectable, especially complete and in good condition. The best Internet resource I have found for all things board game related is BoardGameGeek. Here is their listing for this game:
And here is the exhibit: