10 December 2013
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There is no universally applied standard for grading National Geographic Magazines; this is my attempt at establishing one – the standards by which I have collected this magazine.
The guidelines that follow are loosely based on a common grading standard for comic books. Grading is based only upon the appearance and condition of a magazine. The age or comparative rarity of an issue does not affect the grade it receives. Likewise a new or unused issue is not necessarily mint. Shipping damage, printing errors, and bindery mistakes can each cause an uncirculated magazine to be graded as less than perfect.
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Unless earlier than 1915, these issues are usually discarded. Issues with missing covers and/or ads can be used in a binding process that discards these items, and may be worth collecting if your purpose is to bind the issues into a volume. This may be a cost-effective method of collecting, especially for the years prior to 1920 when production was near 500 thousand issues per month, for the new collector.
If article pages are missing, the issue is virtually worthless unless it is one of the rarest issues. For personal collections, however, the National Geographic Society distributes the entire magazine in digital copy (with print capability). As yet another cost-effective manner, if not time-consuming, the new collector could use this software to fill in the missing pages and/or covers.
You've done a masterful job (again). What a valuable contribution and "thank you" for your generosity in sharing it with all of us!
~ Scott S.
Great guidelines to follow.
I was wondering where this digital copy of the magazines can be obtained. I have heard, or read, in a number of places now, about the availability of a digital copy of the magazine. (Not to be confused with the "DVD" set of NGM , which I believe are only for the purpose of reading).
I don't believe I have seen it mentioned anywhere on NG's website as an option for purchase. I would guess it would be produced like the DVD set, in other words, every few years they issue an updated version to include a few more years. Unless of course these were "single" issue digital copies that you could purchase, though I would think that would be a lot more work.
I believe Mel was referring to the DVD set. There is a print option on the DVD's so you can print pages to supplement "missing" ones in your collection. The other digital copies are for I pads, tablets, and even PC's The Nat Geo Society sells digital subscriptions with and without a print subscription.
You are correct Phil - that's what I was referring to.
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