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
"The answer to your question is complicated - way too many variables...
For insurance purposes, i.e. replacement cost, a collection, complete with all issued supplements in very good condition from 1916 through Dec 2020 would be roughly…"
"I believe the NGS maroon leather with gold lettering slipcases started with Jan-Jun 1950 and newer. Prior to 1950 collectors were able to purchase non-lettered slipcases and put their own labels on them."
"Change method of folding during "different print runs" is entirely possible (not documented by the greats, i.e. Buxbaum and Nathan).
There is also the possibility that "store sales" for those offered at the HQ required a…"
"Minor tape repair begins with the VG standard. Of course the tape in question is the acid free archival tape, not scotch tape, which utterly demolishes a magazines value. A magazine with the entire binding taped is no better than Fair."
"I would suggest a professionally restored issue such as the one being offered has a value 10 times your maximum offer. Though not as valuable as an untouched original, its rarity still holds value. Of course, this is one man's opinion."
"I like this, but have some questions. First is what does having tape on the spine do to the grading? Second, do you have a standard for grading maps? It would help tremendously to have a grading standard, especially from what I have seen pass for…"
"Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
In a letter dated July 13, 1989, signed by Eugenia M. Ryan, Research Correspondence for the NGS, a copy of which was posted on the National Geographic…"
I may have some "older" extras but be forewarned - they are expensive.
The Jan 1902 maps often sell between $1500 to $2000 as they are the rarest in the NG collection. Yes, if you wait, sometimes the right moment will arrive and…"
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?
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).
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