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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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  • Lia Calder
  • Pier  C. RONCHIETTO

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A Guide to the National Geographic Magazine Reprints
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References:Buxbaum, Edwin C., “Collector’s Guide to the National Geographic Magazine, 3rd Edition” @ 1971.Nathan, Roger E., “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society,” @ 1978. eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 8.

National Geographic Magazine Grading Standard
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10 December 2013  eBay link:…Continue

Tags: Geographic, Magazine, National, Condition, Buying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Dec 11, 2013.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 10 Dec 2013)
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Tags: Geographic, Magazine, National, Collecting, Selling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Antonio Leite de Castro Feb 12.

December 1905 Anomaly
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These issues were NOT supposed to have the Title Page, Contents, List of Illustrations and Index in the back of the magazine as “most” of the 1907 and earlier volumes did.I have discovered that some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Dec 9, 2013.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion the Genesis of my Nat Geo and "Titanic" passion . . . ( Part I of II )
"This is what it's all about Scott. Thanks for sharing this with us. Mel"
Tuesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Konstantin's discussion Have a REPRINT collection for sale
"Konstantin, If you're asking me, I was simply providing answers to questions asked. I am not interested in the reprints. Good luck! Mel"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Konstantin's discussion Have a REPRINT collection for sale
"Are they NGS sponsored? If so, this is new information to me. And if not, do they have the same "covers" as the NGS sponsored reprints or the flamboyant covers usually associated with "other" productions like the one…"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Konstantin's discussion Have a REPRINT collection for sale
"List of map supplements: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/attachment/download?id=1029239%3AUploadedFile%3A85098 You must go to the listing near the back for the first 36 issues (first 6 volumes), all the rest are listed under the month and year…"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jarod Scot Moore's discussion I need a complete list of National Geographic Magazines
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Konstantin's discussion Have a REPRINT collection for sale
"They can only be 1964 reprints if they have the NGS covers on them (not a technical absolute - but highest probability). Volume I, No's 1, 2 & 4 are the only possible exceptions. If #'s 2 & 4 have the exact same covers as the rest…"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Edward's discussion Geo. Magazine Collection for Sale
"I know a dealer on Long Island that may be willing to sell your collection on consignment. Otherwise, you might try eBay either by year or as a collection (very difficult to do). Good luck!"
Apr 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Don Hancock's discussion 100 Year collection Bound in custom bindings.
"Beautiful collection! Good luck with your sale! Mel"
Apr 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to TED WILLIAMSON's discussion John B. Carey
"Well deserved commentary, that is, I completely agree with you Ted. John has put together a wealth of information that any collector would be advised to review. Mel"
Apr 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Post-Nathan Map Indexes in the group Map and Supplement Collectors
"Way to go Tom! I will spend some time on this (even before I get back to my annual index guide) for cross-checking and referencing. I sincerely appreciate the work you've done putting this together. This is what it's all about in the world…"
Mar 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jim Smyth's discussion Annual Index
"Tom, The short of it is, as I've discovered many times, nothing is absolutely positive. But in my research for my new guide (that I had to put on hold because of other priorities for a few months) I've outlined discrepancies between…"
Mar 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jim Smyth's discussion Annual Index
"Tom, I hadn't visited the web site for some time - thanks for bringing to my attention. There are, however, at least three paper supplement indexes missing from the list: 1898, 1899, & 1905. Of course, then there's the question about…"
Mar 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jordon Dennison's discussion please help
"http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/new-collector-looking-for-guidance?commentId=1029239%3AComment%3A85193 A few entries down the list on this thread I provide a link to the NGM supplements in the form of a table. I believe Philip…"
Mar 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jordon Dennison's discussion please help
"This appears to be a complete set of National Geographic Society 1964 published reprints of the first 18 volumes of the National Geographic Magazine. The simplest way to confirm this is to simply look on "any" front cover within…"
Mar 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jordon Dennison's discussion Please let me know if you are interested
Mar 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Nancy R's discussion What should I do with my OLD Geographics?
Mar 11

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Hometown:
Magnolia
About Me:
Collecting since the mid '70s, I didn't get serious about it until 2001. Now I'm hooked!

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 6:47am on June 7, 2010, Claude Belisle said…
Melvin,
Can you send me an email at belisle@mat.ulaval.ca ?
Thank you.
Claude
At 8:00pm on October 13, 2010, Keith Sargent said…
I grew up with NG's and my parents bought me a lifetime subscription when I was 15. I've finally decided to stop at 1909 (I hope), because several years back, I purchased a bound volume for that year. I had stopped at 1913 (the year my dad was born), but that three year gap bothered me; then, three months ago, I found someone selling his early 1910's and picked up 1910-1913 (about $20 each). I purchased the 1913's to get the one issue I was missing - April (Machu Picchu). I feel really satisfied now. I'm only missing May 1923, "At the Tomb of Tutankhamen" How far back does your collection go?
At 8:48am on April 17, 2012, Dale said…

Hi Mel,

Sorry to say, but I only have spares of V3 #1 (May'91) and #5 (Feb '92), both VG+ copies.

Dale

At 9:29pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
I will be happy to send a list to you. Possibly by
the weekend.
At 10:40pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
Individual copies: (o) original (r) reprint
These are spares be willing to swap-trade
Etc..
1900
Jan-O
April-O
May-O
1899
Jan-O
Feb-O
Aug-O
Nov-R
1897
July-Aug-O
1896
Feb(2)-O
May-O-missing back cover
1894
Jan,31-R
May,23-R
1893
April,29-R
1888
Vol. 1 # 1
At 11:10am on September 10, 2012, Pier C. RONCHIETTO said…

I got a message from you regarding some very old issues . My E-mail is caio@mweb.co.za and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?

Thanks 

Pier 

At 2:49pm on November 9, 2012, Lia Calder said…

Dear Melvin,

We're looking foward to sell the whole collection, not just a single volume... Let me know if you are still interested.

Best relagrd, Lia

At 12:24am on December 4, 2012, Sivaramakrishnan Balakrishnan said…

Hi Melvin - I am new to collecting the National Geographic magazines and so at this point I am looking to buy the more extensive collections - but quite clearly the more recent vintages (like 1950s onwards - unless there's a way to get the earlier years at a reasonable price) - since the very very early vintages (late 1800s-early 1900s) are quite out of my reach (and intent).

At 12:12pm on October 30, 2013, Dawn S said…

Hello Melvin, thank you for friend requesting me.  Mine or the bound set for 1964 I believe.

At 8:20pm on November 1, 2013, Sandra J. Phipps said…

We have a few from 1917   however,    January 1965 through 1988 the collection is non stop, and complete. He got them every month . He died 1987 and mom never renewed. '.

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