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Would you look at this!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Aug 6.

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.

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.

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

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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"
15 hours ago
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…"
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"Yes, thank you Scott! Mel"
Dec 11
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
Melvin L. De Vilbiss liked Juan Carlos Herrera del Castillo's photo
Dec 6
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.
"All of the pictures show originals (except for your 1888 issue), though it is impossible to determine the 1899 bound volume from what I see. It would need further inspection, unless the covers are bound within. I think you're beginning to get…"
Dec 6
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.
"Easy issue first: The NGS produced two reprints in 1922. This is what you have, in Good to VG- condition: "The two 1922 reprints did not have this word (explained further below), rather they had purplish covers with parallel grey vertical…"
Dec 5
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.
"A little confused with the inventory: First conflict: Are you saying you have 23 copies of the Volume 1, No. 1 reprint; or, are you saying you have 23 reprints beginning with the Volume 1, No. 1 issue; or, are you saying you have 23 of the reprint…"
Dec 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on deb odonnell's status
Dec 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Samuel McCorison's discussion Need to clear out this collection
"Please see the message accompanying the friend invite. I prefer to do any business privately. Thank you! Mel"
Dec 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Samuel McCorison's discussion Need to clear out this collection
"Rob, Please provide us some details. Perhaps you'll take the time to look at your messages. Mel"
Dec 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Samuel McCorison's discussion Need to clear out this collection
"Actually Samuel, I sent you a private message through messaging via "a friend request" that you never replied to. I would have been interested in "some" of your collection had you taken the opportunity. Mel"
Dec 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tony Brown's discussion Looking to purchase April 1913 XXIV 4 In The Wonderland Of Peru for a christmas gift.
Nov 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Greg Endom's discussion Original Vol 1 Issue 1 Value
"The top three eBay sales (from Dec 2008 through today) for the October 1917 issue are: $29.95 in G-; $28.00 in VG; & $24.99 in VG. I have not differentiated the Special Edition from the standard issue (though I probably should have). I have seen…"
Nov 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion August 1914 Anomaly
"message sent with email - thank you!"
Nov 15
Jeffry Persons replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion August 1914 Anomaly
"Mel, Better late than never.  I have four loose copies with two of each picture.  I also have two bound sets with one of each picture. By the way I do have added info on the Map Indexes and was wondering if you would like to see my…"
Nov 14

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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 (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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