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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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  • Magnolia, TX
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Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:
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With tax and shipping I just purchased a set of 10 individual monographs for $4,145.16 (tax and shipping included). Back in the early 2000's these were listed at about $400 per issue (reference Don…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Feb 10.

Buyer beware!

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

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Henry Johnson's discussion Want to buy: Albrecht bound editions, pre-1906 and after 1982
"Contact this eBay seller: pilitorti on eBay He has the Albrecht collection, but may not have them listed at this time."
May 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Charles Thomas's discussion 39 random issues between November 1979-March 1991
"This might give you an idea: national geographic magazine 1979: Search Result | eBay"
May 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Paul's discussion Large older collection for sale...
"I am interested in some of your indexes."
Apr 17
Larry Moffett left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Hi Melvin, I am very sorry to hear of Jeff Person’s passing. Thank you for sharing this sad news. Sounds like a gargantuan task to dispose of his large collection. I’m not sure how you plan to proceed with this. If by chance any of these…"
Apr 17
Jim Pistritto replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"I am so sad to hear of this!!!!   Jeff bought a lot of material from me   Jim"
Apr 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion A Modest Collection
"Yes, collecting has its drawbacks. You have observed first my collection Tom, though it has grown in size and quality since you and your wife last visited."
Apr 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:
"Tom, I went back and read your old post. The item (Title Pg, Preface, Table of Contents, Index) appears to have been a supplemental issue in the format of the magazine volume indexes that became standard issue in 1910. The Title Page and Preface are…"
Feb 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:
"The collection has been claimed/sold. Thank you for your responses."
Feb 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:
"Thanks Tom! It was your posting "that I had only heard" of the supplement. When, in fact, the seller of the monographs had one in his possession."
Feb 9
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:
"Mel, Long time, no speak.  That was a great find and purchase, especially the index.  I remember asking whether it existed about five years ago and getting a negative response.  I'm glad it exists and congratulate you on…"
Feb 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

Set of 10 - 1895 monographs for sale:

With tax and shipping I just purchased a set of 10 individual monographs for $4,145.16 (tax and shipping included). Back in the early 2000's these were listed at about $400 per issue (reference Don Smith's 2000 sales listings).I selected the better of the two individual issues for my personal collection. My primary purpose was to establish a complete collection of “first printings.” As Richard Kennedy informed us on the forum in June 2019, the first printing had each issue labeled with Vol I,…See More
Feb 9
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

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

Comment Wall (16 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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