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Rare Collectible Chess Sets

Updated on July 10, 2014

Connoisseur Chess Sets

Collectible chess sets can sometimes be hard to find. That's because unlike other collectibles, a collectible chess set will almost always go up in value.

The rare chess sets on this page are all in high demand because they were specially made and only produced and sold for a limited amount of time. If you see one you'd like to have, act fast because it could be gone tomorrow.

I hope you find what you're looking for!

Jaques of London Staunton Chess Men

Limited Edition Chess Men

In 1849 Jaques of London designed what would become the most popular chess pieces in the world. The Staunton chess men solved every problem associated with earlier chess pieces. They were the first chess pieces to be balanced and weighted for stability. They were the first to have felt padding. And each piece had it's own easily recognizable design. Soon after it's release, the Staunton chess set became the official standard for tournament chess pieces. The first 500 Staunton chess sets made were hand signed and numbered by World Chess Champion Howard Staunton himself. And the boxes they were sold in each had Staunton's signature under the lid.

This is the first time those original 500 chess sets from 1849 have been reproduced. These, along with other Staunton chess sets introduced in the 1800's, were being painstakingly reproduced to match the quality of the originals. Each set comes in a locking mahogany or leather casket with trays fitted to cradle each chess piece.

There were only 500 of each set made, so when they're gone, they're gone. When you get your set, send back the return section of the registration certificate so that your name can be added to the Jaques Staunton Chess History Archives.

Jaques of London - 4.4'' Staunton Chess Set

in Leather Casket

4 Inch 1850 Staunton Chess Set in Mahogany Casket

4.4 Inch 1850 Staunton Chess Set In Mahogany Casket

3.5 Inch Staunton Chess Set in Mahogany Box

4 Inch Reintroduction Chess Set Mahogany Box

Dungeons and Dragons Chess Set

This limited edition Dungeons and Dragons Chess Set was released in 2006. There's two things that make this chess board a collectible one of a kind. The first is that it comes with a set of "deviant rules" to incorporate the D&D game into the chess game. The second is that every chess piece represents dragons from the D&D game. The black chess men consist of Tiamat, Queen of Evil Dragons, and her wicked spawn-the red, blue, black, green, and white dragons. The white chess men are Bahamut, King of Good Dragons, and his noble children-the gold, silver, bronze, brass, and copper dragons. This battle of good vs evil is played out on a beautiful mahogany chess board with a secret storage tray to hold the dragons.

Dungeons & Dragons Limited-edition Chess Set

Lord Of The Rings Collectible Chess Set

This Lord Of The Rings Collectible Chess Set is a chess set like no other. Instead of making it "like the movie", the characters and the story line are built right into the set. The porcelain chess board alone is an amazing piece of art. The base depicts memorable scenes from the movie, showing you the the ups and downs of Frodo's journey to destroy the One Ring. The top of the chess board is clear plexi-glass, enabling you to view the map of Middle-earth, which is mounted inside. Each of the chess pieces is an exact replica of one of the movie characters, including Arwen, Aragorn, Gandalf, Galadriel, Boromir, Pippin, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Orthanc Tower, Cave Troll, Ringwraith, Saruman, Lurtz, and Uruk-Hai. When I say "exact replica", I'm not talking about looking similar. Each chess piece was carefully sculpted and then personally approved by the actor it mirrored.

This is one collectors chess set that's worth every penny.

The Lord of the Rings Collector's Chess Set


Bid on a Lord Of The Rings Collectible Chess Set

If you want a Lord Of The Rings chess set but you don't want to pay full price, try your hand at bidding. You may just be lucky enough to get a collectible chess set at a low low price!

Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set

A Rare Chess Set

The Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set is one of the most highly sought after collectible chess sets because it was only available for a very short time in 1994 and it was only available through mail-order from The Franklin Mint. This unusual chess set is made to replicate the 3D chess set Captain Spock occasionally played on Star Trek: The Original Series. The chess pieces are plated in 24K gold and sterling silver. This adds to their simplistic, futuristic look. The clear and blue acrylic chess board consists of three fixed 4x4 boards and four 2x2 movable attack boards. The chess pieces move up and down the different boards in an effort to reach the neutral level. Although there were technically no rules when this chess set originally appeared on the show, fans of the show made up their own until an official set of rules for 3D chess was finally published. If you're lucky enough to snag one of these, don't ever let it go.

Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set by the Franklin Mint

Bid on a Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set

Some collectible chess sets, like the Star Trek Tri-Dimensional chess set, can be hard to find. That's why I love Ebay. Browse below to bid on this hard-to-find chess set. Good luck!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What a beautiful display of these rare chess sets. If I played chess I'd have to own one of these, just simply because of your showcase of them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Elastara: Hello Elastara i bought one of the Star Trek Chess Sets when they were first introduced by Franklin Mint very unusual set very nice

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      These rare collectible chess sets are just beautifully displayed here, stunning!

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      Very unique collectible chess sets that I have never seen before especially the Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Set and Lord Of The Rings Collectible Chess Set!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      Love the idea that the D&D set comes with deviant rules... makes the imagination go wild

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like the D&D set, but that Star Trek one is really 'way out there'! I think the Star Trek one would be an amazing centerpiece and conversation starter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm looking for the Franklin Mint the forces of the rebellion chess set.

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      These are beautiful chess sets. I love chess and would have one of ever collectible chess set you have here :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow gorgeous chest sets. I don't collect chess sets but I can imagine that for a lover of this game that a vintage set would be the ideal collectible piece for display in their home décor. Beautiful.

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      RandomChuck 6 years ago

      These are so cool. I loved playing chess with my dad. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      Not yet but one day we'll find the perfect one!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I'm not a chess player, but I think the Star Trek 3-D set is pretty darn cool.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! These are simply amazing. One either loves chess or cheese! (I'll take both!) :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! These collectible chess sets are beautiful!