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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.

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 Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion August 1914 Anomaly
"message sent with email - thank you!"
9 hours ago
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…"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Greg Endom's discussion Original Vol 1 Issue 1 Value
"Greg, This should add a few hundred dollars to the listing price! Though I have issues signed by founding members, this is not one I've seen before, and at only 165 such members on the first issue published, that makes this a more desirable…"
Nov 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Greg Endom's discussion Original Vol 1 Issue 1 Value
"I've been collecting data on eBay sales since December 2008. The highest three eBay sales for this one issue are $6,160.67 for a Good copy; $6,000.00 for a P+ copy (front cover separated); and $4,850.00 for a Fair (-) copy (covers attached but…"
Nov 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Samantha Pompeo's discussion Need help identifying...
Nov 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Janet's discussion Value to a large collection of NG
"This is an expired listing, i.e. it has ended, that the seller offered for many months without a bite. Just in case it doesn't open, it was a set of leather bound NGM's running from 1910 through 1981 for…"
Nov 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion National Geographic Map Index Variants in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Thanks Tom and Jeff, I'll try and figure out a succinct way to explain the info you both provided "and still keep it on the list" because somewhere someone will do as I did verifying their reference list, while building upon one of…"
Oct 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion 130 years of the National Geographic
"Well done Robert! Mel"
Oct 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion National Geographic Map Index Variants in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Here we go: Attached is my inventory spreadsheet for my Map Indexes. Red is obviously something I'm missing. The "x, y, z" annotations allow me to keep things in order when I organize my spreadsheet alphabetically by title. I attempt…"
Oct 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Oona S's discussion NG World (Kids) Magazine collection for sale
"The following issues, from September 1975 through August 1979, had collector's cards: 1978 - Dec 1979 - Jan, Mar, Jun"
Oct 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion National Geographic Map Index Variants in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, I'm going to miss my deadline of providing a new inventory this week - got to go out of town for a few days. I am almost finished, but have discovered three more variants: 1938 Bible Lands - have both the 25c Blank Page Variant (BPV) and…"
Sep 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion National Geographic Map Index Variants in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, A heads up here - it does take me some time to catch up...sorry... I'm working on a new inventory; I have completed collating Nathan's list and your list from above (amended with Jeff Persons' additions). I hope to edit my spread…"
Sep 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Bound National Geographic 1888-1907 set, Worth how much?
"I update it every year."
Sep 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Bound National Geographic 1888-1907 set, Worth how much?
"Robert, About 2/3 of the way through my selling guide I provide you with: "Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)" Then, near the end of my guide I provide you with: "Reprint Sales (individual and…"
Sep 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Helen Reitan's discussion 50 years National Geographics
"It cost (in 2010) about $125 to ship 14 years worth of NG magazines via UPS. The costs have gone up! Your best bet would be to use "freight" shipping or media mail at the post office using book boxes. Do "NOT" declare NG…"
Sep 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Steve Balliet's discussion NG from a library, does it affect the value?
"You've got it, good luck - and you're welcome. Mel"
Sep 15

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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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