I'm not sure how new this merger news is to everyone... but I wanted to start a discussion here, as to what this means for our collections?
I'm not as involved in the collector community as I'd like to be, but I do happen to have a full 1888-2015 pedigree collection (60's reprints of 1888-1907), I don't know the value of it, but I also don't like the implications of what big changes like this USUALLY means for collections of this nature.
I have a librarian friend of mine hitting up some of her resources to see what appraisers and experts think, but what I'm thinking is that this will cause increase interest and value for a small window of time, and then values could exponentially decrease.
(I noticed a similar phenomenon with StarWars collectibles leading up to, and after the release of Episode 1. Values increased up to the release, but after fanboy disappointment with the movie, lots of values plummeted.)
Is this "merger" our Episode 1, as Natl. Geo. Collectors?
I'm sure there have got to be experts on this forum, as well, right?
It has been too long to remember all the specifics but it did imply that this move was Murdoch's doing. I remember seeing a photo of two Amazonian women standing on a riverside about two months after I saw the (no longer available) news article. There haven't been any since. We'll see.
Try this link. I don't know how long it will be active.
* official Info. about merger, as currently posted (since early last year):