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Very rare and exciting find!

"An official reproduction of the Milton Bradley original...The Checkered Game of Life"

THE Milton Bradley's first game!

The Checkered Game of Life is the precursor to the Game of Life most of us are familiar with; turns out, it has changed considerably.

There is a lot of humor, as well as history and controversy involved with this game.

You will be amused just by reading the instructions, not to mention the fact that the Checkered Game of Life ends at a "Happy Old Age" of 50. - Great "over the hill" birthday gift!

For more about the history and game play, I found this article very interesting and informative:

Condition: This set includes the original box, game board, instructions, 4 score-keeping pieces, and one marker/man. There is also one die, which I do not believe to be original to the set.
Three markers/men are missing (easily remedied by using alternate pieces, poker chips, etc)
Also missing a teetotum (which were used as alternatives to dice, and can be replaced by the die that is included in this set)
As seen in the photo, there is some blue writing on the box lid. Box has normal wear for age. Instructions are complete and immaculate. Board is in very good condition; it lies flat and is clean, but due to years of being folded, the crease in the middle comes up a bit. Does not impede game play or diminish its awesomeness!

Made in USA, 1970.

The Checkered Game of Life is a fun, interactive piece of history, that young and old can both appreciate!

*Please know that all items are in vintage or used condition. Flaws are naturally going to occur, and I do my best to describe and show in pictures the condition of the item. Please contact me with any questions!

The Checkered Game of Life - Official reproduction of the orignial 1860 game


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Dice, Marker, Fun, Cardboard, Score keeper, Game Board, Instructions manual, Paper Ephemera
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 54 reviews
  • Favorited by: 6 people