Wanting a holiday memento has lead to a decade long obsession with Monopoly – despite the collector not having played the game in 20 years.
The weird fixation has seen Neil Scallan scour the globe to add rare yet exclusive editions to his 1,800 collection.
It has become so big he now has to split the hoard between his and his parents’ lofts
Neil, 47, began his infatuation with collecting Monopoly sets started a decade ago when he was on holiday and wanted to buy a souvenir to reminded him of his holiday
But a keyring or a fridge magnet was too obvious so he opted for a Monopoly board and that’s where it all began.
Neil admits that it is hard to keep up with all the new editions that come out, but he has managed to grow an amazing collection of more than 1,800 editions of the popular board game including Bayern Munich, Heinz, Hong Kong and the All Blacks.
Now he has set his sights on smashing the Guinness World Record for the amount of highest number of Monopoly sets owned by one person, which is currently at 500.
Neil revealed how the game used to be a family favourite but hasn’t played the game in 20 years.
But he said: “What really is funny is that despite my collection I have never played in about 20 years.
“I used to play all the time with my brothers, but all the cheating just put me off.
“Now I just collect them, one led to two, then three and four.
Neil, a gateway service manager at Heathrow Airport, has received donations of special editions of the board game from all over the world.
Sets from New Zealand, Guadeloupe, Nigeria and, closer to home, East Grinstead have fuelled his desire to collect every single edition of the popular family board game.
He added: “I have 1,800 individual editions at the moment, I want to try and get to over 2,000.
“Me and my collecting friend are constantly keeping our eyes peeled to Amazon and eBay for new editions.”
Neil Scallan will be putting his collection on display to the public on July 24, where he will be showing off his priceless collection at Safestore’s storage unit.
Neil’s world record attempt will involve him unloading 24 pallets of Monopoly games.
He added: “I phoned up Guinness World Records and was told that it would cost me £4,500 to get someone to come down
“So I am now going to have to take a photo of each set. I am looking forward to showing my collection off to the public.”