I am considering offering for sale an original copy of the Vol 1 Issue 1 -1888.
The cover has been conserved and all pages, maps and pages are complete.
Any idea of value for such an item. I purchased it in 1995 but prices fluctuate greatly and I have not kept up.
I've been collecting data on eBay sales since December 2008. The highest three eBay sales for this one issue are $6,160.67 for a Good copy; $6,000.00 for a P+ copy (front cover separated); and $4,850.00 for a Fair (-) copy (covers attached but heavily chipped) with many uncut pages, i.e. the issue could never have been read because the pages were still bound together - four pages were printed on a large sheet, folded then cut so they open separately - these were not cut, and I know this because this was the issue I purchased.
The copy you show here appears to have been restored, hence the varying colors around the edges. I believe an average for the the three price points I listed above would be a good starting point. However, prices have been greatly subdued over the past few years. I would not be surprised if the best you could do would be 2/3rd of the average.
Thanks Melvin, your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.
Do you know who signed the front cover? That may play a big part as to how much this is worth.
I have not focused on it but will try and determine and be back to you.
Upon further inspection and reviewing the contents of the magazine, it appears the signature is that of Harry King, one of the original founding members of the Society. He was a member of the US Geologic Survey.
This should add a few hundred dollars to the listing price!
Though I have issues signed by founding members, this is not one I've seen before, and at only 165 such members on the first issue published, that makes this a more desirable collector's item.
Well done Jeff!