Thrift Treasure: Operation Aflac

Thrift Treasure: Operation Aflac

I’ve got a problem. Every Sunday we bring to you a board or card game we’ve rescued from our local thrift stores. We don’t buy everything we see, but do look for unique and eye-pleasing titles that appear to be fun to play. Most of the time we’re very successful and some of the games have gone on to be regular staples in our game night bag. This week we found something different.

Operation Aflac was only available to employees of the Fortune 500 company. And we found one at Goodwill! What should we do with it? - SahmReviews.com

It’s still a game, but we’re not sure if we should actually be playing it. I’m sure you’re familiar with the classic game of Operation since it’s been a part of nearly every American’s childhood. And there have been scores of different licensed variations from The Minions to Star Wars to Doc McStuffins! What we never knew is there was at least one version made by Hasbro / USAopoly that never made it to retail shelves. It was only available internally at a Fortune 500 company “for training purposes only”! I present to you, Operation Aflac!

Operation Aflac was only available to employees of the Fortune 500 company. And we found one at Goodwill! What should we do with it? - SahmReviews.com

Herein lies the problem. This copy was opened but obviously unplayed since the cards inside are still in their original sealed bag. The game plays exactly the same as almost every other version of Operation, so nothing new is experienced by getting it to the table.

Operation Aflac was only available to employees of the Fortune 500 company. And we found one at Goodwill! What should we do with it? - SahmReviews.com

On the other hand, it isn’t in perfect condition. The game is open and the box bottom has some peeling and cupping. This is probably attributed to the fact the game wasn’t meant for retail, so durability wasn’t a great concern.

Operation Aflac was only available to employees of the Fortune 500 company. And we found one at Goodwill! What should we do with it? - SahmReviews.com

Do we become one of the few to ever actually play a round or two of Operation Aflac? Or do we try to maintain any collector value by leaving it as-is? We’ve always felt games were meant to be played, but this time we’re stumped at how to proceed.

Operation Aflac was only available to employees of the Fortune 500 company. And we found one at Goodwill! What should we do with it? - SahmReviews.com

What are your thoughts? Would you throw caution to the wind and take the opportunity to perform surgery on the Aflac duck? Or would you carefully tuck it away for safe keeping? Maybe you’d list it on eBay to bank a quick profit?

Tell us, what would you do if you were in our situation?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

5 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Operation Aflac»

  1. Jamie says:

    What a crack-up!! I can just hear that duck yelling when I hit the edge!! ha/ha

  2. Gladys parker says:

    I would definitely save it as you can always obtain another game of Operation if you don’t have one already. If it doesn’t end up being worth anything, which I think it will, at least you have bragging rights,

  3. Michele says:

    That is a tough call. I’d certainly want to play it (I love that Aflac Duck!)–but if it does become a collectors item–which it very well might—–Ah heck–I’d probably play a couple of games but be very careful with all the pieces!

  4. Tim the Aflac Guy says:

    I have one that hasn’t been opened. They only made a limited amount, but I can sell you mine so you can play the opened one.

    1. Might have to take you up on that offer if we get the itch!

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