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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
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{Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Feb 1.

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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, 2016.

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, 2016.

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.

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National Geographic Magazine's "sibling" publications (one big happy family)

Greetings,this sub-group can cover all minutiae related to the now-numerous "sister" publications to the venerable NGM.    To wit, here's a run-down in chronological order... (the) School Bulletin  {+ World Traveler}Reach ,WORLD Magazine ,Traveler ,Research Journal (aka Research & Exploration) ,Adventure ,Kids! ,(the) Green Guide,Explorer! ,Little Kids ,Exploring History ,History ,NatGeo WILD!and also: the Collector's Editions that have been a staple of newsstand/retail since 2001.See More
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Gene del Rio's discussion Donation
"Try calling some of the dealers located in the dealer directory link, upper left margin of the home page of this web site."
Apr 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Bill stachnick's discussion Selling father's old collection of bound magazines
"Bill, Please read the entire article I linked above. I've spent a lot of time collecting/collating data from eBay to assist anyone wishing to sell NGM's on eBay. This includes reprints (bound or loose). Good luck! Mel"
Mar 30
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Bill stachnick's discussion Selling father's old collection of bound magazines
"Bill, The all caps word "REPRINT" was printed in small letters on the covers of every issue, bound and loose, and placed on each cover about 2" from the bottom of the cover and centered left to right. If this word exists - then you…"
Mar 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Bill stachnick's discussion Selling father's old collection of bound magazines
"Bill, There is a significant difference between the value of an original and a reprint. Without the covers, it is nearly impossible to tell by pictures which of the two you have. Do you know for sure which you have? I have observed the loose 1964…"
Mar 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: April 1917 (with Page Number Anomaly)
"Phil - sorry I didn't include you in my reply. Thank you for your part in these "reports." Mel"
Mar 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: April 1917 (with Page Number Anomaly)
"Tom, You might find this an interesting tidbit: The 1917 annual index lists Woodrow Wilson's proclamation as beginning on page 289. The 1899 to 1922 Cumulative Index lists his proclamation as beginning on page 287. I have two bound and one…"
Mar 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jim Carter's discussion Questions about bulk National Geographics
Mar 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Russell Frazer's discussion Collection
Mar 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Richard Roland
"This may assist you with the magazines: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31 Also, please click on the link on the upper left margin of this forum's home page titled:…"
Mar 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Richard Roland's discussion Assessing value
"Richard, A good source of information would be John Carey. He has the following web site: http://www.jbcarey.net/ and I'm certain he would be happy to share with you what he knows. He is also a member of this forum, but I'm not certain how…"
Mar 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion For those in the know, re: August 1904 "preface" insert
"Thanks Jeff - never too late to look into NGS minutia, that is, as long as I'm still around it's never too late :). My conclusion, based solely on my experiences, which are far from being extensive, would be that this insert was part of…"
Mar 4
Jeffry Persons replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion For those in the know, re: August 1904 "preface" insert
"Mel, Sorry this is so late.  I have four originals and two bound sets and none of them have the preface insert.  I have two sets of loose 1964 reprints and one bound set and they all have the insert. Jeff"
Mar 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to jb glass's discussion NGM collection
"JB, I'll consider it (live in Magnolia - northwest of Houston), but first let's talk by p.m. Mel"
Feb 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: March 1917
"Enjoy these entries very much - well done guys!"
Feb 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Anita Gonzalez's discussion Sell 400+
"Anita, Click on the "Upload Files" link right below the large white "reply" box above. It will link to your computer and you can select your spreadsheet file to upload/open onto this website. Mel"
Feb 9

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About Me:
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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