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KSCartist
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posted 08-19-2007 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We all face the same thing. What to keep and what not to keep. To make room and bring a sense of order to my collection, I've decided to sell my library of space related National Geographic Magazines.

There are 85 issues in all covering the years from 1956 to 2006. The excellent coverage includes articles and photos of: Mercury - Gemini - Apollo - Skylab - Apollo-Soyuz - Space Shuttle - Hubble Space Telescope - Voyager - Viking - Galileo - The Solar System - The Universe - The Bicentennials of the US and the Statue of Liberty.

Some of the older issues are worn. That's why 15 years ago I purchased the sleeves which hold five issues each. The entire collection is now protected and I'll include the 7 empty sleeves for your future collection.

I'd like $275.00 (that's just over $3.00 an issue). I'm not willing to break up the lot. I've created a word document of the inventory that I will email to any interested buyers.

Buyers pay postage but remember these will be heavy and expensive to mail. The package(s) must be sent with a tracking number so both you and I can be sure they get to where they are going. I've enjoyed them for many years and I'd like you to do the same.

Thanks for your interest.

Tim

KSCartist
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posted 08-27-2007 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to be adjusting both the price and the offering in this thread. I plan on adding all of my Life Magazines. I'm taking inventory now.

Before I update the listing, I'd like some advice from other collectors. Some questions:

  1. Were people put off by the price?
  2. Are these readily available?
  3. Is the concern, the shipping cost due to the weight?
Thanks in advance for your insights.

Tim

cspg
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posted 08-28-2007 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim,

Price is probably an issue here. I'm not quite sure that those magazine are worth anything... since there are probably thousands of copies available, $3/copy is a lot.

For $3, I got 12 issues -- complete yearly sets from mid-1960s onwards -- from a local church. I've kept the issues I wanted.

And as you rightly pointed out, those magazines are really heavy and thus postage will be an issue. I could sell a few items but in view of postal rates, there's no point (and the falling dollar doesn't help, at least from the seller's point of view).

The other thing to consider is the fact that you want to sell the magazines in one lot, which I can easily understand why and I would do the same, but you might want to reconsider that and break down your lot by topic: maybe you can have an all-Apollo lot for example etc. This may be a more attractive way to go.

So I would answer "yes" to the three questions you've asked.

Chris.

Mike Dixon
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posted 08-28-2007 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 2 cents Tim,

I think weight would be a huge issue, domestically and especially overseas. Personally, I think $3 is cheap, especially for some of the issues with significant content either in terms of pages and / or achievement milestones.

As for availability, I think the question here would be more related to the state of the magazines .... mint condition copies of NGs back to the 50s and 60s (at least down here) aren't exactly common.

You've not mentioned it but another factor would be the inclusion of article related maps .... and I can think of at least four important releases over the years.

Mike

Philip
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posted 08-28-2007 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the LIFE and Nat Geo issues about the ManHigh project of which almost nothing is available except 2 books...
The weight issue could be resolved by just keeping the article pages

spaceman1953
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posted 08-28-2007 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You sent me the inventory list and then asked for my comments....I am still looking for a computer here at work where I can see the list and print it out....but thanks for the list. It IS appreciated.

You also asked for my input in that email, but since you opened it up here, I will answer here so it is more fully shared....not that I have any spectacular insight into your questions....just that we all share so much here....

Even the 1960's issues are relatively available around here. Some sale sites don't even "do" magazines anymore....people just would not buy them. One of my favorite sale libraries used to make me take their Geo's for 1-cent each....so I could buy a whole year for 12-cents ! Sheesh !

The 1950's issues are tougher to be sure.

With the rise of homeschooling, alot of issues you find now have been hacked up for pictures. So you get remnants. YEECK !

The $ 3 price is NOT out of line in my mind, if you have a steady, good-income job and more money than time to look for your own issues....that is a way alot of people will buy stuff.....pay the price no matter what !

I think the "lot" offering is GREAT for someone that has few or none of the issues. But I imagine that most of us who want them, will have most of the space Geo's.....what we will lack are the free standing "maps" or poster inserts....those are almost never in any issues I see and I see alot of Geo's.

While you might not get your lot sold here, you might have a few local book resellers in your area....who might pay at least half of your initial price.....

I am afraid that I have not really added to your knowledge on any of these point !

Gene

KSCartist
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posted 08-28-2007 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to all of you who offered your thoughts. I should have realized that I was "preaching to the choir" in offering these here.

I have inventoried my LIFE Magazines and a list is available just email me. There are 35 issues from 1961 to 1971. Plus two issues, one in 1994 about the STS-61 HST repair mission and one in 1998 about John Glenn's return to space.

Taking into account of your input I will adjust the offer for the lot of 120 magazines to $240.00 - just $2.00 an issue.
I'd love to break up the sets into topics but honestly I don't want to spend the time, or break up the set. Buyer still pays postage.

This is really an excellent offer for someone who may not have these issues. Hopefully that person will visit cS and see this thread.

Tim

Philip
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posted 08-29-2007 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well for those interested in the earliest manned attempts to touch space:
LIFE magazine 17 June 1957
LIFE magazine 29 August 1960

Both issues hard to find but still affordable on the subject of Project ManHigh...

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 08-29-2007 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Supposedly there is a National Geographic cable channel. Any news on whether they'll have any specials on the 50th Anniversary around October 4th?

jklier
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posted 08-29-2007 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jklier   Click Here to Email jklier     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might be interested in your NG's. I have all the issues from 1976 to present. If you could, please send a list of your issues so I can see how many duplicates there would be.

John

KSCartist
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posted 08-30-2007 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
jklier-

I'm out of town on business but I can send you the list on Friday night.

Thanks,
Tim

KSCartist
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posted 09-06-2007 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am reducing the price of all 85 NG's and 35 LIFE magazines to $180.00. That's only $1.50 per issue. Buyer still pays postage.

Thanks in advance for your condsideration.

Tim

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posted 10-10-2007 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar_Lander   Click Here to Email Lunar_Lander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi everybody (my first post here )

@Philip: How much would the LIFE issues about Manhigh/Excelsior cost?

Philip
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posted 10-10-2007 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Lunar Lander You can find those LIFE magazines at eBay on average priced at US $10.00 for a copy in good condition. There are also two National Geographic on the Balloon missions...

Best regards,
Philip Corneille

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