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Today, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Root and his wife (see his posting below).They often vacation in Texas and, by way of selling some of his NG inventory, came to pass through…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Jan 31.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines(Revised 31 December 2015){Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay:  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Oct 25.

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, 2015.

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 Dec 3, 2015.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion FYI: Nat Geo Slip Cases are on sale at: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com
"Yep - have a standing order for myself and my brother (a family tradition). We have both received our 2017, yes Scott - 2017, slip cases - and I have the "bills" to prove it... Mel"
12 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion FYI: Nat Geo Slip Cases are on sale at: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com
"I've already received my 2017's..."
19 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Darcy Williams's discussion How do I sort through hundreds of 1900-1990 National Geographic without throwing out rare issues?
"Darcy, This is a selling guide that may provide some incite as to value: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec In the top left corner of the main page of this…"
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mike Oliphant's discussion 1888 to 1907
"Mike is one of the best in the business, no doubt about it! Mel"
yesterday
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"I know, tell me about it! And, I know John : - )   thanks for mentioning it, and the link.  Oh, I have noted that of recently, I also do not get my auto-alerts (to my email) as I have always done. Hmmm... "
Oct 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Anthony Davis's discussion Set of Bound National Geographic Society Magazine reprints 1888 - 1907 for sale
"FYI - for both of you. Look near the end of this article, re: bound reprint sales (data collected since 2008): http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec Good luck with your…"
Oct 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Don't know why I didn't receive a msg of your post Scott - but there are a few others that both interacted with the greats and participated in the Collector's gathering (though without being mentioned in the NGM). John B. Carey - who…"
Oct 25
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"...to my mind, Nick Koopman is the elder statesman (living) of NG collecting world. He's the last of that breed & era, in the sense of longevity, activity, who he knew and when, his dealer/dealing history and inventory, etc. As well as…"
Sep 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"He's still around - but slowly closing out his inventory and getting out of the business: http://geographicexchange.com/ and its Koopman spelled with a "K""
Sep 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Production Run Variants to National Geographic Covers and Maps
"Excellent work Tom! Mel"
Sep 20
David Levey replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Thanks for this... very  helpful. Do you know what ever happened with Nick Coopman? He kept a similar list and website for many years but he seems to have fallen off the planet..."
Sep 18
Chad Traywick replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Good info.  I, too, have a "hole" in my Nat Geo spreadsheet for April, 1913."
Aug 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Geoff Lunt's discussion Geographical Collection
"This may be of some assistance (though the data is only for the U.S. market): http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec"
Jul 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melissa Francis's discussion 1974-2001 Collection in Cases
Jul 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to sherron tullos's discussion for sale great condition vol. 1 no 2 1889
"There is a section for individual reprints with two paragraphs specifically addressing the 1922 reprints (to include a fraudulent sale of these issues as originals). Very good copies of these issues "should" go for about $150 - but not…"
Jul 14
Greg Endom replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Mel I have a complete set of magazines and a complete set of maps ( 3 missing). I have two original copies of #1 which I purchased on ebay some time ago. Am considering selling and would like to correspond with you. I am located in northern…"
Jul 10

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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…
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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