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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 Sherry Henry Jun 21.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Arley Whyte's discussion Blue hard cover National Geographics
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Griff's discussion Looking for Information on Selling National Geographics
Aug 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: August 1919
"As always Tom, well done!"
Jul 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Sean Wofford's discussion How much is a 1980s complete set in very good condition worth?
"Go to https://www.ebay.com and search for National Geographic Magazines 1980 - 1989; this might give you an idea of what others are "trying" to sell them…"
Jul 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Lynn Olson's discussion Maps 1914-2002
"Tom, It is in-fact the rarer of the two, but some were actually distributed with late running subscriptions. See Nathan's checklist. I have three of them (bound, individual and map index). Mel"
Jul 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion NGP, LLC (Disney) can predict the future !
"HAR!"
Jul 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion NGP, LLC (Disney) can predict the future !
"I'll raise a toast to you IF I'm still around!"
Jul 3
Sherry Henry replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"I need help. I have many National Geographic magazines that were my fathers. Many of them dating back to the 1950. I would say 90% of them are in mint condition. How can find out what they are worth."
Jun 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion 1895 Monograph's Values?
"Tom, An interesting footnote and a reasonable conclusion, but we all know the NGS has ways of messing with our minds. Thank you! Mel"
Jun 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion 1895 Monograph's Values?
"Thank you Richard - made me look at my collection; nine have Volume 1, one does not - now I gotta start collecting all over again... HA!"
Jun 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion 1895 Monograph's Values?
"Richard, I would love to know the source of the information (two versions of monographs) if you wouldn't mind sharing it. I don't recall seeing anything wrt versions in either Buxbaum's or Nathan's guides. Thank you! Mel"
Jun 5
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion August 1914 Anomaly
"Mel, I'm very late to this rodeo, but anyway I have version 2 (with the Praying Mantis). And here is version 1 (from my July 1914 issue). I noticed that the August 1914 issue has the Mantis as well.  It looks like they made the…"
May 30
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion Must find a good home for my husband's collection
"JoAnn L Riviere, I sent you a private message via Philip's address with respect to desires he had expressed to several of us on the forum at the time of his diagnosis. I would be willing to assist in fulfilling Philip's desires if you…"
May 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to carola marino's discussion National Geographic app
"Other than creating a National Geographic browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, etc., I'm not sure you can."
Apr 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to carola marino's discussion National Geographic app
"Just a couple of ideas: Locate all topics by subject matter, title, author, etc., i.e. a database search engine. Compare similar articles, i.e. the NGS is known for "reissuing" subject matter with revisions, for updates."
Apr 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion 1895 Monograph's Values?
"I've seen a single issue go for as little as $150 and as much as $1,000. Obviously, the condition of the issue has a significant impact on its value. Both Edwin Buxbaum and Roger Nathan, two of the finest guides to all things NGS, indicate…"
Apr 16

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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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