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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/363283956441?ul_noapp=trueThe above add lists an "original" Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska for $350.A…Continue

Started Feb 7, 2021

Proposed NGM grading standard:
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For the record, this is the stringent grading standard I've used for more than 20 years.It has served me well.Comments are appreciated!MelContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Apr 10, 2021.

The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy

Having been asked by three different families over the past 18 months to assist in the dispersal of rather substantial collections I thought it prudent to repost the following story.I am trying to…Continue

Started Feb 5, 2021

Proposed NGM grading standard:
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For the record, this is the stringent grading standard I've used for more than 20 years.It has served me well.Comments are appreciated!MelContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Feb 7, 2021.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tracy Lee's discussion Original issue of an 1889 NGS magazine
"Volume I, No. ( ? ) Fill in the blank please..."
Jan 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Emily's discussion Hundreds of Vintage National Geographic Magazines in the Dallas Area
"eBay moniker: heartforethiopia This is a non profit organization that sells all things National Geographic. They are located in Desoto, Tx - not too far from you. They would love to accept your donation. Go to eBay and locate their store. Send a…"
Dec 30, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Problematic Early Issues, Opinions?
"As long as they are complete, it will only add value to your collection. Then perhaps, one day you may find one in better condition."
Dec 7, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
Dec 7, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"I thought there was a listing for all four of Volume I, could be mistaken. Check the inside back cover, lower right quadrant. If there is a very small number "75," you have two different issues of the same reprint. The one without the…"
Nov 29, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"Mark - it's all on you... Here's a link to one of the volumes being listed for sale: Set Of 5 National Geographic Magazine 1893 And 1894 Reprints Excellent | eBay Go to the seller's store and find all the Red Brick volumes she has for…"
Nov 26, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"The best deal I have observed, since Dec 2008 - when I began collecting data on eBay sales, for all 36 Red Brick individual issues was $1,285.36 on 6 April 2014. I know someone is trying to sell these issues, by volume, for a bit more (when added…"
Nov 26, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"They were in the process of expansion and reorganization, take a look at the society minutes for the volume - It should clarify their upcoming objectives."
Nov 25, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"I had previously uploaded this file, you'll find it down a bit from the original posting at this link: https://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/hello-can-someone-help-me-to-know-if-the-cronology-below-is-1?commentId=1029239%3AComment%3A97666"
Nov 23, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"2nd attempt at upload"
Nov 23, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mark Van Winkle's discussion Early Issues
"Here's an old blank inventory "master copy" I have not updated for many years - however, the very first page shows you the "red brick issues" by month of publication. In the beginning of my collecting, this was the most…"
Nov 23, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Pece Kocovski's discussion Drastic differences between Australian and US version (example of June 2013 edition)
"Excellent report Pece - thank you for the observations. Mel"
Nov 16, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to stephen zamarin's discussion Mistake in 1987 Antarctica map supplement in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"That sir, is one of those rare and very good catches. Thank you! Mel"
Nov 11, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion NASA to Fly National Geographic Cameras on First Crewed Return to the Moon
"Thank you Tom!"
Oct 30, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Russ McAffee's discussion Looking to sell Bound Leather full editions.
"No Russ, just not as valuable, as I'm certain you understand the oldest originals are the most valuable. A complete set of 1964 NGS sponsored bound reprints - Volume I thru 18 (Oct 1888 thru Dec 1907) have sold on eBay for as little as $800 and…"
Oct 27, 2021
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Nancy Rogers's discussion Looking for October 1947 issue
Oct 15, 2021

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Magnolia
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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