Here’s the backstory. Our street had a massive garage sale and one of guys was an ex-RIM employee. There was the usual cassettes, CD’s, pillows, toys… but as a one-time board game designer this gem caught my attention. An item up from grabs was this precious “25th Anniversary Edition” RIM-branded Monopoly board game. I quickly snatched it up for a few bucks and thought somebody who really loves the long history of Research In Motion would want this collectible.
This was given to RIM employees – now named BlackBerry – to celebrate 25 years of innovation back in 2009. Gone is the usual car, thumbnail, shoe and in its place are “8 collectible tokens” that include the RIM and BlackBerry logos, Pearl Flip, BlackBerry 7200, BlackBerry Storm, RIM 850 and the BlackBerry Curve. Also, the Monopoly board has been designed with the different locations the company operates all over the world, plus highlights BBM, BES and also replaces the familiar ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ with ‘Innovation’ and ‘Wireless Networks.”
The description says:
“Celebrate 25 Years of innovation! The Monopoly Brand is proud to present RIM 25th Anniversary Edition of the world’s most famous game. In the past 25 years, RIM has become a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, this commemorative game give RIM employees and fans the chance to buy, sell, and trade the greatest locations in the RIM worldwide empire. Build buildings and campuses in place of houses and hotels and move around the game board with customized tokens like the BlackBerry Storm, Flip and Curve. Play the RIM 25th Anniversary Edition of America’s favourite board game and… get connected to fun!”
It’s actually really cool and never been opened. If you’re interested in scoring this piece of Canadian history then all you have to do is either follow us and re-tweet this contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), “Like Us” on Facebook (Facebook.com/MobileSyrup), or join us on Google+. All current Facebook, Twitter and Google+ followers are automatically entered. This contest closes on June 16th and we’ll announce a winner shortly after!
Good luck to all who enter!