There are also a lot of collectors of World War 2 memorabilia so World War 2 and board game collectors could be interested in the game. If it is actually from the 1930s-1950s and is more of a game than a puzzle it could be worth hundreds to thousands if it is a rare game that people are actually interested in. This is just a guess though since I could find no information about it online. For every Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, etc. there are many board games that failed to ever grow an audience. These games never became popular enough to be re-released. Since these games were never re-released there aren’t a lot of copies of the game in the world. Even if the games never became popular, these games do have their fans.
Sometimes you may run into games that net you more than $100 in profit, which is pretty nice for a single sale. At the same time though, play retro games you might not find good games to sell very often. Hello, I am just getting into buying and selling board games. I went to an estate sale and bought 6 brand new factory sealed games for 45 bucks. I did search them on amazon and they are bringing good money.
There are always outliers that defy statistical success and failure. However, most people who want to make money in board games will have to design a game that is popular enough to sell quite a few copies or find a way to increase their profit margin. As you might imagine, effectively making money selling board games this way involves a bit of legwork and a decent amount of luck.
A lot of board games from the late 1800s and early 1900s were made of paper and wood. Through the years many of the games from this era have been destroyed, damaged, lost pieces, or thrown away.
People remember playing these games and are longing to play them again or they just heard about them and want to try them out. Since these games are rare due to their limited popularity, people are willing to pay quite a bit of money for them. The first thing people think makes a game valuable is age. Being old rarely if ever decreases the potential value of a game. If you can find a board game from the early 1900s or even the 1800s it is likely to be worth money.
Thus finding games this old is quite rare and if you do find one they likely won’t be in good condition. Most of the copies still in existence are already in the hands of a collector. If you can find one though it will likely be worth a lot of money. It’s possible that you can make money designing and selling board games, but you have to do it at a large scale to make any meaningful profits. That doesn’t mean that small production runs can’t make good money, or that designers that sell 20,000 copies of their game will make a good income.