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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 Melvin L. De Vilbiss on Sunday.

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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Oct 25, 2016.

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The second and fourth ad pages are inverted in two “original” issues.In the first issue:The second ad page is of McClure, Phillips & Co.&The fourth ad page is The Macmillan Company(this is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 4, 2015.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
"Rupam Das, The references you find at the top left margin of the Home page of this web site, especially those by Buxbaum, already provide these details. Please direct your attention to those fine references to make your comparisons. Regards, Mel"
Sunday
Rupam Das replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
"Mel. please upload some pics for the original as well as reprint editions so that better comparison can be made and it also helps in deciding as to what to buy. "
Sunday
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
"A great body of work Mel..  A valuable resource for all of us..."
Saturday
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
"Thanks for this, Mel.  It's a way to keep updated on the state of things.  Very enjoyable and informative."
Saturday
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
" TONS of work and diligence in this Mel. As always, very impressive and thank-you for sharing this with us all (and updating...). ~ Scott "
Saturday
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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)

{Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay: http://www.ebay.com/gds/A-Guide-to-Selling-National-Geographic-Magazines-/10000000019109329/g.htmlBackground: 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. For this guide I collect sales data, price and…See More
Saturday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Christine Jauch's discussion National Geographic Magazines
"In the process of revising this, but here's the work from last year: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec "
Jan 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: January 1917 (Includes Cover Variant)
"As always, well done Tom!"
Dec 20, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion FYI: Nat Geo Slip Cases are on sale at: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com
"Yep - have a standing order for myself and my brother (a family tradition). We have both received our 2017, yes Scott - 2017, slip cases - and I have the "bills" to prove it... Mel"
Dec 7, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion FYI: Nat Geo Slip Cases are on sale at: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com
"I've already received my 2017's..."
Dec 7, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Darcy Williams's discussion How do I sort through hundreds of 1900-1990 National Geographic without throwing out rare issues?
"Darcy, This is a selling guide that may provide some incite as to value: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec In the top left corner of the main page of this…"
Dec 6, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mike Oliphant's discussion 1888 to 1907
"Mike is one of the best in the business, no doubt about it! Mel"
Dec 6, 2016
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"I know, tell me about it! And, I know John : - )   thanks for mentioning it, and the link.  Oh, I have noted that of recently, I also do not get my auto-alerts (to my email) as I have always done. Hmmm... "
Oct 25, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Anthony Davis's discussion Set of Bound National Geographic Society Magazine reprints 1888 - 1907 for sale
"FYI - for both of you. Look near the end of this article, re: bound reprint sales (data collected since 2008): http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec Good luck with your…"
Oct 25, 2016
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Don't know why I didn't receive a msg of your post Scott - but there are a few others that both interacted with the greats and participated in the Collector's gathering (though without being mentioned in the NGM). John B. Carey - who…"
Oct 25, 2016
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"...to my mind, Nick Koopman is the elder statesman (living) of NG collecting world. He's the last of that breed & era, in the sense of longevity, activity, who he knew and when, his dealer/dealing history and inventory, etc. As well as…"
Sep 21, 2016

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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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