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Buyer Beware!
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Listing as an original Volume I, No. 3, on eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss May 23.

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffry Persons Mar 12.

November 1909 Anomaly (two versions of advertisements)
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Note: in both versions all ad pages, except for one side of one page, are exactly the same.The sixth (double sided) page from the back cover is different.Version 1:The side facing the back cover has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 16, 2017.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Buyer Beware!
"You guys did good! I told the seller the value was in the vicinity of $50. From experience, eBay will not intercede. It truly is buyer beware - you're on your own! We've done the best we could. I just hope some unsuspecting buyer…"
May 23
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Buyer Beware!
"UPDATE:   the seller has since revised their listing title to say that it is a reprint, and they drastically changed the price (though it is still too high). "
May 22
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Buyer Beware!
"I also contacted the seller and informed him of the reprint status of his item...."
May 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Kenneth I Tuttle
"Kenneth, I'm not sure what you mean by "white cover magazines." A picture tells a thousand words... That being said, you might find this helpful for the yellow covered…"
May 19
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Buyer Beware!
"thanks Mel !  I just sent them a message as well. "
May 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

Buyer Beware!

Listing as an original Volume I, No. 3, on eBay: have informed the seller this is a 1964 reprint and that the highest selling "original" Volume I, No. 3 sold on eBay since…See More
May 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Sarah Brushaber
"In the meantime, you may wish to peruse these documents: or the attached appraisal...Appraisal%20-%20%202018%20Master.xlsx"
May 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for Sarah Brushaber
"A friend request was sent to you for private conversations."
May 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Matthew Brooks's discussion 70 years of National Geographic complete sets 1918-1980's
"Matthew, Sorry, but I need a little more explanation as to what exactly you'd like to do: trade, buy, sell, upgrade your collection, or just find out how much your collection is worth? Thank you in advance for taking the time to explain. Mel"
May 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion 2 Variations in the March 1942 Issue
"I have one of each (bulls - bound) & (battleship - loose). Mel"
May 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion Big Cover and Spine Format Changes in the May 2018 Issue of the Nat Geo Magazine
"Don't forget the October 1917 Special (Army/Navy waterproof) Edition"
Apr 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: May 1918 (with Page Number Anomaly)
"Love it! Map details along with the index and page anomalies are all very interesting. On to the next one... Mel"
Apr 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mike Parmley's discussion 1910-1945 Collection Cheap
"A picture says a thousand words; image what several pictures say..."
Apr 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss liked George Thomas Wilson's photo
Apr 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion Two Versions of the November 1938 Issue
"Variations of ads could be reasoned as regional oriented advertisements. But that's pure speculation on my part. As to variations of photos within an main-line article of a particular issue - Now that's the right question! End program!…"
Apr 10

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Collecting since the mid '70s, I didn't get serious about it until 2001. Now I'm hooked!

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 6:47am on June 7, 2010, Claude Belisle said…
Can you send me an email at ?
Thank you.
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.


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
May-O-missing back cover
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 and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?



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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