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Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
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I would like to start a discussion regarding pre-1900 issues of the NG which bear the signature of the original owner on the magazine cover. In many cases these signatures ("autographs") are those of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss yesterday.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"As always, well said Scott! Jane Goodall and Buzz Aldrin - wow!"
yesterday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Mel,  Very astute as usual. Anyone with narrower, specific interest(s) would be more thrilled w/ a particular person's signature than another. A "Titanic" aficionado would doubtless place more monetary value on an NGM copy…"
Saturday
Larry Moffett replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Scott, Thanks for your input and perspective on this topic. Much appreciated! I look forward to even more opinions within our collectors‘ collective!! Best regards, Larry"
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"James, Thanks for sharing about your George Fairfield item. Alas, the earliest item (NGS) I have w/ a signature on it, are from 1895? (or 1903...) : two of The Monographs (front covers), as shared below:  Of course, Charlotte Elizabeth…"
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Larry,  " . . . the older the issue, the greater the value added to that issue, particularly in the case of original members of the NGS. That would make those issues from 1888-1895 the most valuable as membership increased gradually in…"
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"I wish we did have "official" guidelines ! I think the work Mel De Vilbiss has done is the closest thing we have  : - )  - Scott "
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Thomas, I am definitely on-board with your feeling of having a direct, tactile connection to an item (in this case a copy of early NGM's) that you would know was in the hands and home of an early member, founder, contributor.  That…"
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Larry,  Thank-you for starting an excellent discussion. It's an interesting "debate", or concept to hash out amongst collectors, indeed. I do not feel I have any authoritative insight or corresponding 'evidence' to…"
Saturday
Thomas Jovin replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"To all, I agree that for the "purist bibliophile" the material quality of the book (in our case magazine) is the primary determinant of "value". Nonetheless, for most (?) collectors of NGM, the content and what it…"
Nov 13
Larry Moffett replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Mel, Thanks for your response. I fully agree that the quality of a given issue is the primary determining factor in the valuation of that issue. You are right in asserting that there exists no collectors’ data or guidelines regarding…"
Nov 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Larry, This is an excellent topic for discussion - thank you for its introduction. I personally seek out issues signed by "issue" authors and/or founding members of the NGS, as identified in Vol II, No. 5. However, I've seen no…"
Nov 12
Larry Moffett replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Yes Jim I reside in Dundee OR in the Willamette Valley wine country. Your signed copy of the Oregon issue is quite remarkable. I think this should be an additional category within the autographed copy valuation framework! I have 2 copies of this…"
Nov 12
James Catlin replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"I found another "autographed" NGS item. This time it's a covered single article from the 20APR1895, Vol. VI No. ? issue (pgs 239-284). Isn't Oregon your neck of the woods, Larry?"
Nov 12
James Catlin replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Larry, Oooops!  .... I saw in another Collector's Corner group where you already answered my question regarding your original Vol. I issues. Congratulations on capturing this "corner stone" of NGM collecting. It is going to take…"
Nov 12
James Catlin replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Larry, Do you have original Vol.I No.1 and No.3 issues? Are they bound or individual? I presume from the postings in this thread that you have nothing signed. On a separate subject, my 1890, Vol. II, No.s 1,2,3 & 4 issues, are bound…"
Nov 11
Larry Moffett replied to Larry Moffett's discussion Signed/"Autographed" Early Issues of the National Geographic Magazine
"Thomas, That's a gorgeous Vol 1 #3 issue that you have! With regard to valuation of original and wholly intact Vol 1 issues, the only recent information that I have is about Vol 1 #1. I was offered but declined to purchase an absolutely…"
Nov 11

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Hometown:
Casa Grande AZ
Why do you wish to join this community?
Long time NG collector
About Me:
Retired physician
Favorite National Geographic publication:
1988 Historical Atlas of the United States
Centennial Edition
Favorite travel destination:
Croatian Coast

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 8:22pm on March 16, 2022, George Thomas Wilson said…

At 8:30pm on March 16, 2022, Larry Moffett said…

Nice reprint copy of the very first edition!

At 10:16am on March 18, 2022, George Thomas Wilson said…

I believe Larry Koopman passed away a few years back, he was in poor health.  I was able to get some rare Volume Indexes from him before he stopped dealing.

At 3:00pm on March 23, 2022, George Thomas Wilson said…

Larry,

I hate to keep being the barer of sad tidings, but Jeff Persons passed away over a year ago.  He helped me a lot with my collecting.  I was sorry to see him go.

At 12:16am on March 26, 2022, Scott T. Shier said…

Larry, here is the direct link to the scans (8 covers) of the 'BirdWatcher Journal' that were provided to me courtesy of the late Jeffry Persons. He had wanted me to post them here on the 'Corner.

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http://ngscollectors.ning.com/photo/albums/birdwatcher-newsletter-mag

-- Scott S

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