Do You Remember The Board Game “Masterpiece”? (1970)
Image courtesy of Magisterrex's Recycled Thoughts From A Retro Gamer.

Do You Remember The Board Game “Masterpiece”? (1970)

Image courtesy of Magisterrex's Recycled Thoughts From A Retro Gamer.
Image courtesy of Magisterrex’s Recycled Thoughts From A Retro Gamer.

I have a great love for board games and one of the nice perks at working at the Arkadia Retrocade is that often our Players will be kind enough to donate old board games they no longer need. That is how I became introduced to the Masterpiece game from 1970 by Parker Brothers, where you get to become an art dealer and try to snatch up paintings and earn an enormous profit while doing so…and possibly trying to pass off a fake piece of artwork on your opponents at the same time.

[Via] L.O.C.

Thanks to friend to the Retroist site Magisterrex for the box cover image you see up top. Follow the link to his blog to learn even more about the game including it’s various updates and the versions from other countries.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. do u remember United Nations?

  2. I remember this game but also remember thinking that an art auction is a horrible idea for a board game. Just the box art alone screams, “This game isn’t for children!”

  3. I used to play it at my Aunts house. I love ‘d that game because Art was always my favorite class and ended up being a graphic designer. I’ve been hinting at my Aunt that I’d love to have the game.

  4. @Andrea, I do not remember the United Nations board game…I did have one called Conspiracy however and that was really fun. BoardGameGeek has a listing for it and it looks pretty intense.

    @Six Million Dollar Jedi, I totally see where you are coming from…but on the other hand…look at that original box for Clue. :)

    @Danny, when we have that first Retroist convention let’s meet up and play a round, my friend! :)

  5. I first played this game in either 1977-78–my friend’s family received it as a Christmas present. I played it again at another friend’s house about 10 years ago–they bought it brand new (so it may still be in production today). I have to admit that playing the game as a 30-something, I actually found it quite interesting. It’s probably not for everybody, but nothing is.

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