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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

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Proposed NGM grading standard:

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

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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

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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

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Mike King replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"Hi Mel,  Many thanks for this helpful information and for such a quick reply.  I may continue to look around within the UK market and perhaps  I will end up keeping it for my grandchildren after all! Much appreciated Mike. "
16 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"Mike, A "fine" copy, in the US would be valued at around $6.00 - though many attempt to sell them for far more. Remember, there were over 6 million copies produced of this issue. They are not hard to find. The UK market is most likely a…"
23 hours ago
Mike King replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"Dear Mel,  I joined the forum just yesterday and am already becoming quite enthusiastic in pursuing collecting NG mags as a retirement hobby. Can I congratulate and thank you for posting this fantastic article which is incredibly helpful to…"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Missing two maps
"I know I don't have any extra 1909 copies. As for the other issue, I'll have to dig out my extra maps in storage - but right now we're still dealing with the freeze damage and the subsequent flooding from broken pipes - it'll be…"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Missing two maps
"Rob, You mean March 1909 don't you? Mel"
Wednesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"As an NGM enthusiast I dread the thought of destroying the aging magazines, but I understand your frustration. No matter which way you go - it sounds like a lot of work. Seems to me you can still sell the individual magazines for their ads, and let…"
Feb 11
Bill McLernon replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
"Thanks for the information... It appears that NGM's past 1930 are probably worth more for their ads that as collectors editions. I was going to sell my collection starting with the 1930's , but the prices just are no there. I think I will…"
Feb 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to stephen zamarin's discussion Question about Geographic Dealers
"Thanks Ron - makes sense now. I had two surgeries that year and my in-laws, who lived with us, died in a car accident. The mid 90's was a very difficult time for us."
Feb 8
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Feb 7
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Proposed NGM grading standard:
"Excellent work as always, Mel.  Might I suggest you put a copy of this post in the Resources & Links Forum.  It's a keeper. Tom"
Feb 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted discussions
Feb 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Proposed NGM grading standard:
"Any tape other than archival tape I would agree with you. However, archival tape, expertly applied, virtually disappears. As I said, this loosely conforms with comic book criteria. Reference: https://www.mycomicshop.com/help/grading note the…"
Feb 4
Mark Van Winkle replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Proposed NGM grading standard:
"Mel, I agree with almost all your criteria for each grade level. The only disagreement I have is with tape on a VG copy. For me that would bump it down to a Good, and the tape repair would need to be noted. Thanks for publishing this. Mark"
Feb 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Wildbunch's discussion Collection value.
"I am presently working on updating this guide, last updated as noted in 2018. And yet, I have many years that have had no additions in the past three years. Good…"
Feb 3
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National Geographic reprint of Vol. I No. I 1888

"https://www.ebay.com/usr/pretty262013?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 The seller (with 759 comments) should have enough experience to know better. I have seen this before with those wishing to commit fraud on unsuspecting buyer. This is so blatant, however,…"
Dec 17, 2020

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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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