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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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Would you look at this!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Aug 6, 2018.

Buyer Beware!
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Listing as an original Volume I, No. 3, on eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michele Aug 21, 2018.

The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
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This is food for thought for any who believe they leave behind their National Geographic Magazine Collection as a legacy for those to follow.Many years ago, sometime after 1903 a Great Grandfather…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Mar 17, 2018.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
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{Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)}eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffry Persons Mar 12, 2018.

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Erika replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Thank you so much for this information. I am attempting to help my father in law with his mainly complete collection, mostly bound, from 1910 on with many maps. I’m looking for any assistance or guidance at all! Thank you!"
5 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Evicci's discussion Looking to purchase 1919 issues
"He does, and there are others - but some of the great ones are retired or gone. It's all in the timing! Mel"
Feb 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Evicci's discussion Looking to purchase 1919 issues
"Your welcome John. Through eBay purchases (pick up option), I was able to meet him near where I used to live in Maryland. As fortune would have it, we discovered a friendship going on 15 years now. I value his opinion on more than just NatGeo. I am…"
Feb 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jennifer's discussion Selling my collection
"Inclusive years? Condition? For how much?"
Feb 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Evicci's discussion Looking to purchase 1919 issues
"Another dealer I've had excellent transactions with is: https://www.ebay.com/usr/creativesold?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 though I only see two 1919's he has listed. He may have inventory he has not listed. Another dealer I have not dealt with…"
Feb 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Evicci's discussion Looking to purchase 1919 issues
Feb 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Michael Gallacher's discussion Selling complete collection from 1906-2000
"The 1964 reprints are "only" for the years 1888 through 1907 inclusive. They were reprinted in loose individual issues and in bound volumes. In both cases, the front cover of each "reprint" magazine has a small all-caps…"
Feb 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Evicci's discussion Looking to purchase 1919 issues
Feb 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott Simacek's discussion looking for advice on value ore selling collection
Jan 30
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melissa Gantz's discussion Books and Magazines available
"This may assist you with the magazines (slowly being updated for the next revision): http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-19"
Jan 23
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Nicole Russell
"Nicole, I have a G+/VG- copy of the April 1913 with pictorial tipped in. If interested, please friend me and we can discuss it offline. Mel"
Jan 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jonathan Dewar's discussion I have a fairly extensive collection of NG's and many other books by NG for sale.
"You are welcome - good luck! Mel"
Dec 17, 2018
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Tammy
"Tammy, You should post your request on the open forum so more may see it. A picture(s) says a 1000 words - especially with the older issues. In the meantime, you might wish to take a look at this for a better idea of what you…"
Dec 14, 2018
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"Yes, thank you Scott! Mel"
Dec 11, 2018
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jonathan Dewar's discussion I have a fairly extensive collection of NG's and many other books by NG for sale.
"Jonathan, See my friend request so we can take the discussion offline. Mel P.S. I am not looking to make any purchases, but have no problem assisting you in strategy."
Dec 7, 2018
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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 (15 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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