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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
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{New for 2015 => Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} NG Collector’s Corner: eBay:  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Feb 22.

John Shaddock - I am sorry you feel compelled to sell that which was given to you in good will.
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"focus__nj" is your eBay moniker.This is what you have put up for sale:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Feb 15.

My boy, Mace...
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Please indulge me for a moment as I make a non-NGS post. Several of my acquaintances on this forum know of my aged companion, Mace (my picture to the left). Tom actually met him prior to our move…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 29.

July 1907 Anomaly
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Re: “original” map supplementI have previously noted on this forum that the 1964 National Geographic Reprint map supplements are not “all” marked as reprints.Two loose supplements, provided as such…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 2.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion Buxbaum's Nat Geo collector guides (2nd & 3rd ones) . . .
"More than you asked for, but you'll find all four of Buxbaum's NG reference books scattered among the listings. Good Hunting! Mel"
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion Buxbaum's Nat Geo collector guides (2nd & 3rd ones) . . .
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 'New' discovery in an old pile -- Oct. 1889 map: N. Carolina-Tenn. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Both men had their idiosyncrasies and neither was 100% accurate in reciting titles of maps and/or pictorials. I personally believe they wanted their own distinction such that you and I would be discussing this just like we are - "who really got…"
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Christine Davis's discussion COMPLETE 1888-2014 Collection - Preserved and in Mint condition!!
"An amazing job at documentation - well done! Mel"
Wednesday
Mike Oliphant replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"Nice Job, Mel,        The market really is firming up a little. I can't think of a better time to buy or build a collection. The prices of bound reprints for example when the real value is $3500. Again Nice Job!!!…"
Feb 22
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"Well done and very precise. Good job Mel"
Feb 21
Jeffry Persons replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"Great job and very informative"
Feb 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"Yes there was Tom - but it didn't break into the top three... A more accurate comment on my part should have read: "only one sale observed but not high enough to break into the top three." Thanks for keeping me on my toes! Mel"
Feb 21
linda stork replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"well done very informative "
Feb 21
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
"Great job as always Mel!  Very detailed and informative. Wasn't there a 1888 (Vol 1 No 1) sale last October?  I remember Phil posting something about it."
Feb 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)

{New for 2015 => Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} NG Collector’s Corner: eBay:  http://www.ebay.com/gds/A-Guide-to-Selling-National-Geographic-Magazines-/10000000019109329/g.html Background: An old book collector once told me that for a book to be rare there had to be fewer than 1000 copies printed and to be scarce fewer than 10,000 copies printed. In this guide I…See More
Feb 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 'New' discovery in an old pile -- Oct. 1889 map: N. Carolina-Tenn. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"FYI The "original" is labeled with the word "Sheet" at the top. I asked someone I know that actually has in his possession an original Volume I, No. 4. Thanks for broaching the subject Scott, it took my mind off of living -…"
Feb 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 'New' discovery in an old pile -- Oct. 1889 map: N. Carolina-Tenn. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, Scott, It shows "Quadrangle," not "Sheet." Hence, my lament that I have never observed an original Volume I, No. 4, in that I can only speculate the original shows "sheet" as Scott has so keenly identified in his…"
Feb 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion upside down page in 1964 reprint volume !
"It's the correct placement Scott. Mel"
Feb 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion New discovery in an old pile -- Oct. 1889 map: N. Carolina-Tenn. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Scott, I cannot directly answer your question since the Volume I, No. 4 issue is one of the few I do not have in my collection, albeit one of the two rarest in the NGM collection - the other being Volume I, No. 2. I do have an original (combined)…"
Feb 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion Bound Editions
"You may find this old conversation, not entirely to the point your asking - but bouncing all around it,…"
Feb 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 (10 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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