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March 1902 Anomaly
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The second and fourth ad pages are inverted in two “original” issues.In the first issue:The second ad page is of McClure, Phillips & Co.&The fourth ad page is The Macmillan Company(this is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 4.

Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
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It matters not if you have bound or loose reprints – you do not have a Title Page for Volume I.This was a purposeful omission by the NGS when they did the 1964 reproduction of the first 18…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jul 2.

May 2006 perforated foldout "Physical Map of Australia"
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I was trying to replace my damaged May 2006 issue but discovered the seller was not aware the issue came with a perforated foldout titled “Physical Map of Australia.”I had not inquired before…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Mar 26.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
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{New for 2015 => Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} NG Collector’s Corner: eBay:  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Feb 22.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Wyatt James's discussion Could this be the best collection in the US?
"A little more information please? Is the set entirely bound or a mixture of loose (individual issues) and bound volumes? How are the volumes bound, i.e. with or without covers and ads? Are all the supplements present? Are the years 1888 through…"
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on Philip Riviere's status
"To you too Philip! Mel"
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Hayden Eager's discussion Early issues for sale - 1918-1921 (lots of 1919)
Nov 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Victoria Conrad's discussion 1963 National Geographic World Atlas
"Three copies of this atlas (in English) are for sale in Germany, between $9 and…"
Nov 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Gary Allaback's discussion Have very large collection of national geographics i need to sell
"A little more info might inspire a little more interest..."
Nov 4
gp bond left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Mel,  I have Jan-July 1914.  Gail"
Sep 18
Cathy Hunter left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Dear Melvin,   Your concerns about a posting from yesterday have been addressed. Best wishes, Cathy"
Sep 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Christine Davis's discussion 1 full set with Reprints from 1888 - 1908
"Near the bottom of this guide is the answer (that Phil correctly stated) in a short list: two additional entries to be included in the next…"
Aug 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on Philip Riviere's photo

June 1996 Issue - Sauropods

"Those were the days Tom!"
Aug 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 129 NGM Index(-ices) for 1911 -1926 on eBay !
"Jeff, Thank you for sharing this information. This is very good news - that a man's dedicated work still survives his passing. Have you considered continuing his work and if so would you like collaboration on it? I am willing to assist as…"
Aug 11
dale width left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"my pc crashed and I had to rebuild everything. I have about 3 boxes of maps, going back to 20s, most since 1939."
Jul 30
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Sarah's discussion I want to sell all I have from 1919 to 2008 for a good price for surgery.PLEASE HELP.
"This "may" help guide you, but the truth of the matter is that there is no quick fix to what you're asking: It can happen, but you…"
Jul 6
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion March 1902 Anomaly
"Mel, I had to read it a second time to understand.  My problem not yours.  Every time I see the word reprint I automatically think 1964.  You were talking about "down the road production runs" a la the April 1905 red cover…"
Jul 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion March 1902 Anomaly
"Don't know what I was thinking - it was Volumes IV and V that Buxbaum discovered an NGS reprint order for."
Jul 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion March 1902 Anomaly
"Apparently this was the format copied for the 1964 reprints. It "seems" obvious that the NGS had different print runs, i.e. the different positioning of the two ads. My reasoning for this is: I have "red brick" originals that…"
Jul 4
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion March 1902 Anomaly
"My March 1902 issue is an original the same as your 1st reference regarding the ads."
Jul 3

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

Comment Wall (13 comments)

At 6:47am on June 7, 2010, Claude Belisle said…
Can you send me an email at ?
Thank you.
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.


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
May-O-missing back cover
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 and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?



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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