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East Coast Collectors of National Geographic.


East Coast Collectors of National Geographic.

Buy, Sell, And Trade National Geographic Magazines. Feel free to share your story how you got started and the discovery's you have come across. If your on the hunt for a certain book or magazine, or just want to list what you have for sale.

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National Geographic’s for sale

June 1945, November 1949, September 1949, October 1953, December 1953, February 1950, January 1954, February 1954, March 1954, May 1954, June 1954- all in good to great condition

Started by Amanda Oct 17, 2020.

NG For Sale 1961 through 2003, including Maps/Inserts and Slipcases

1961 - APR, MAY, JUL, AUG, OCT, NOV & DEC1962 - MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, SEP & the DEC62 Map of West Indies1963 - MAR, APR, MAY, AUG & NOV1964 - JAN, JUN, AUG & SEP1965 - JAN, APR, MAY…Continue

Started by Chuck Owens Jul 26, 2020.

Collection of 300+ NG magazines free

I have a collection of 300+ National Geographic magazines that I would like to give away to someone who would enjoy them. They're from the 80's to 2000's. They're located in Upper Marlboro MD and I…Continue

Started by Jerry Wood May 13, 2020.

Interest in Geographic Magazines of the 40's and 50's, esp. nature and WWII 2 Replies

Since I was a kid beginning to read I would look at my grandmother's NG Magazines.  She kept many and gave me some.  I wrote school papers on some and saved some pertaining to my hobbies at the…Continue

Started by Shirley T. Scott. Last reply by Keith Sargent Mar 31, 2015.

Comment Wall

Comment by Deanna Hopper on May 11, 2012 at 6:22pm

welcome! And Hello!!!!! mMy Earilest is May 1936.


Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on May 11, 2012 at 7:31pm


I am far from being the resident expert.

There are many others on the forum that surely know more than I do, they just don't respond as often as I do.

I'm not so sure that's a good thing?!

You should try to get a copy of Edwin C. Buxbaum's, Collector's Guide to The National Geographic Magazine, 3rd edition @ 1971. You'll find just about any answer to any question up to 1971 about the NG Mag, though some errors (mostly small) have been discovered in the 40+ years since its publication.

On page 61 of that guide Buxbaum describes Format 1. 1888-1895 as octavo, 6 X 9 3/4 inches.

On page 64 (reprints) he states: "...The first six volumes in unbound form are a good three-quarters of an inch wider than originals. ..."

You may find his discussion as to the reasons why interesting and informative vis a vis unscrupulous sellers.

Hope this helps!


Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on May 11, 2012 at 11:23pm


I just reread your question - and I didn't answer it correctly. Sorry about that!

First, the reprint quote was on page "84" not "64" as I stated.

Second, you asked about "late 1890's" - that's Format 2, not Format 1 as I referenced. However, please note the size of the original Format 2 is the same as Format 1, that is, octavo, 6 X 9 3/4 inches (ref page 63).

Here's a direct quote wrt reprint for Format 2 from Buxbaum's 3rd edition, page 86:

"Format 2, 1896-1899. Covers for these years are a good match in color to the originals and some difficulty might be experienced in differentiating originals from reprints by color alone. The size of the page is larger than the originals. Covers of the reprints are slightly rougher to the finger than covers of originals."

Sorry for the mix-up.


Comment by George Thomas Wilson on May 12, 2012 at 10:30am

Mel,  Thanks for the info. I had a feeling that the original were smaller.  I guess it was easier to just do all the reprint in a standard size.  I have 85 1964 reprints spanning the years 1888 thru 1907, from multiple sources, with at least 2 issues from each year (except 1888 obviously). All are the same size as my May 2012 issue.  -Tom

Comment by George Brisson on September 11, 2013 at 11:05am

I've been collecting them since the mid 70's.  Have most issues back to 1915, including most of the supplements.  I also have the CD collection, including maps.  Wonderful educational tool, including historical review.

Comment by George Thomas Wilson on September 11, 2013 at 11:42am

Hey George,

I go by Tom, by the way.  I started my collecting in the '70s as well.  Just gathering scattered issues back to '48.  I started my subscription in the early '80s.  It wasn't until summer 2012 that I actively started collecting older issues to complete my collection.  I have a hybrid, or 'poor man's' collection.  While I have original issues dating back to 1896, most of my older issues are 1964 reprints.  I have 93 individual reprints plus 4 bound volume reprints to cover 10 other individual issues I need.  Not counting those 10 issues, I need 2 issues and 2 maps to complete my collection.

Tom Wilson

Comment by Guillermo Perez Alcantara on September 23, 2015 at 9:32pm
Hi i al from México and sell my colección from 1945 to 1985
Comment by Erika on February 22, 2019 at 3:28pm
Hello! I’m helping my father in law downsize and he has quite an amazing collection of nat geo (many bound) dating back to 1910 with maps for many years. Wondering if anyone can give me some direction of where to sell these? Thank you!
Comment by Jamie Simpson on February 24, 2019 at 4:03am

Erika, if you weren't all the way up in Boston, I would help you out. I need many issues from 1910 forward. You will find eBay is a pretty easy place to sell individual issues from 1910 to the 1960's. After that, issues just aren't as valuable. You will find the collector to buy an entire collection is very rare. Also, the supplements from 1910 - 1960's are fairly valuable and pretty easy to sell on eBay. You could try CraigsList, however there may be some safety concerns there. I hope that helps.

Comment by Erika on February 24, 2019 at 7:46am
Jamie, thank you so much! I guess my question is how do I know which ones are of value and which ones aren’t? I am more than happy to send you pictures of what we have to help out with your collection!


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