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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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A Guide to the National Geographic Magazine Reprints
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References:Buxbaum, Edwin C., “Collector’s Guide to the National Geographic Magazine, 3rd Edition” @ 1971.Nathan, Roger E., “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society,” @ 1978. eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 8.

National Geographic Magazine Grading Standard
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10 December 2013  eBay link:…Continue

Tags: Geographic, Magazine, National, Condition, Buying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Dec 11, 2013.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 10 Dec 2013)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Antonio Leite de Castro Feb 12.

December 1905 Anomaly
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These issues were NOT supposed to have the Title Page, Contents, List of Illustrations and Index in the back of the magazine as “most” of the 1907 and earlier volumes did.I have discovered that some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Dec 9, 2013.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Patricia Lopez
"And what does your collection consist of?"
Aug 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Terri Morgan's discussion Collection for sale
"Phil was on the mark with his comment, but I'd also like to add food for thought. There is a chance, albeit small, that someone is looking for the exact binding you have. If your collection is well bound and its condition is immaculate, you…"
Aug 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Patricia Mariacher's discussion HELP!! Large collection most Full years 1909 - 2011 single issues 1897 early 1900's. HELP
"FYI For reprints (you'll be most concerned with the fifth type of reprint): http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-the-national-geographic-magazine-reprints For…"
Jul 31
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to mark's discussion collection
"Also, there is a "dealers directory" link in the upper left margin of the main page. After you've read my guide (for a better idea of the value of your collection), you may wish to contact some of dealers for reference, or perhaps a…"
Jul 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to mark's discussion collection
"I am sorry for your loss. This link may be of assistance to you: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-10-dec-1 Please note there is no simple or easy solution that provides you the full…"
Jul 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"A fine point Scott - but that's what makes us collectors - the details. Thank you! Mel"
Jul 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Olivia Jane's discussion May 1978 - Camel trek
"Contact the following dealers on eBay and inquire as to their inventory (and whether they know of other dealers that may have…"
Jul 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"The paper stock is significantly different, with the reprint being thicker/stiffer and somewhat glossy."
Jul 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"Ashton, Your map, by visual inspection of your photos, is a reprint. I stated earlier the two issues (3 maps) in that specific discussion all had the word "REPRINT" stamped on them. I also stated there were two reprint (loose) supplements…"
Jul 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"Make sure the National Geographic stamp is on the maps (original and reprint). There are only two loose (key word is loose) NGS supplemental "reprints" that do NOT include the word REPRINT on them. The maps in this discussion all have…"
Jul 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"Actually Phil, the NGS did not copyright its publications through 1907. The January 1908 issue, copyrighted 1907, was the first. As to loosing copyright from 1908 through 1922 I'm uncertain; I don't recall the legal formula for original…"
Jul 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Ashton Forbes's discussion Question about Reprints
"You can find many of the older maps reproduced for sale by the NGS at the following link: http://maps.google.com/gallery/publisher?pub=National+Geographic+Society Unfortunately, the 1902 Philippine maps are not included in their offering."
Jul 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 2 May 2011)
"Thank you for the feedback Thierry. I revise the data each December. By request, I'll be including bound issues in my next revision. This is the latest…"
Jul 17
Thierry Lombry replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 2 May 2011)
"Great job Melvin. Having purchased some olf and vintage NGM online, I confirm that your stats are up to date. Thierry"
Jul 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to michael carroll's discussion Complete collection value, for insurance.
"The memories will make your collection priceless. I hope you will be able to the memories to your children (along with the collection). Kindest regards, Mel"
Jul 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to michael carroll's discussion Complete collection value, for insurance.
"A complete collection of originals (not reprints) from the first issue of October 1888 to present with all supplements could be valued at close to $150,000.00 give or take. However, there are "so many variables" that determine assessed…"
Jul 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 (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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