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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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Look at this map collection?
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Phil/Tom - thinking of you guys specifically...…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss May 27.

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.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris's discussion Please Help - National Geographic bound years - are these reprints or originals 1897 - 1907
"Chris, This is a copy of what I sent you by email (with grammatical corrections I failed to make), perhaps others can comment based on their experiences. Bottom Line: They appear to be authentic originals.   Older browning paper versus glossy…"
Jun 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Cristina 's discussion I have 1982 to 2003 full sets of National Geographic
"It is a shame, because they appear at first glance to be in excellent condition, but you will most likely end up recycling them. Unless you wish to dedicate a considerable amount of time and energy to individually sell them, or even just some key…"
Jun 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Paul Aaroe's discussion Full original bound collection from 1888 to 1990's. What's it worth?
"Paul, Based on the photos you just posted with the announcement from the first issue, Volume I, No. 1, and Bearings Chart et. al. from Volume II, No. 2 your bound Volume, I and II combined, is most assuredly a (re) bound version of the…"
Jun 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Supplement or Not? The October 1917 Insert. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, This is a beautiful little find, congratulations - and thank you for sharing. Roger Nathan lists this in his chapter, PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, on page 144, first item under 1917. He describes exactly what you have here. Once again I am astounded…"
Jun 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"It sold today!"
May 27
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"Interesting collection especially the way it's categorized......."
May 27
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"Maps are one thing, but seeing all the other peripheral items out there, wow.  I want it all but really have to be picky as to what additional "collections" I can afford (and have room for). Nick was a great help to me in getting…"
May 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"No I haven't Scott - sorry..."
May 27
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"So Mel have you communicated with seller about anything regarding this set? I'd love to know what method or whatnot he employed to achieve the font (category) titling on the cases...."
May 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"It is, Tom. Someone devoted a lot of time putting this together. It's another, very nice, way of collecting "something" about the NGM production that is uniquely different than any way I've seen fit to collect. I even…"
May 26
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"Impressive collection, Mel."
May 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Dean G's discussion Any interest in mixed collection of Nat Geos from 1967-1989?
"Any pictures of what the binding looks like? Thank you..."
May 26
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May 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Paul Aaroe's discussion Full original bound collection from 1888 to 1990's. What's it worth?
"Identify, in accordance with my article, which format the volumes are bound in. Pictures will verify this to the forum. If you do not have the original covers for the first 18 volumes bound within each book, then describe the measure of the…"
May 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Paul Aaroe's discussion Full original bound collection from 1888 to 1990's. What's it worth?
"Believe it or not Paul, the value has actually dropped slightly since you last asked this question back in 2013. We're still waiting for the photos validating the "original" status of the 1888 through 1907 issues you said were to be…"
May 17

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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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