A National Geographic magazine is valuable as a collectible only if it is rare and in good condition, which usually equates to older copies of the magazine, explains A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines. The rarer National Geographic magazines may be sold to a dealer or online after consultation with an expert for current pricing information.Know More
National Geographic magazine was first published in 1888, and by 1940 over a million copies of each magazine were printed each year, making the magazines printed before 1920 the most valuable. For example, a copy of the first issue magazine, October 1888, sells for just over $6,000. XYZ Collectibles states that 1891 issues sell for between $465 and $510, while 1900 year issues are valued between $100 and $200. AGSNGM lists general pricing guidelines for individual magazines in good condition with intact covers by decade: 1910s - $28, 1920s - $13, 1930s - $10, 1940s - $7.50, 1950s - $5, 1960s - $2 and 1970s - 50 cents.
If a collection consists of primarily late 20th century magazines to the present day, there are a few options, all involving donation rather than selling. Libraries, schools, hospitals, and doctor's offices may accept a donation of National Geographics. One final note about modern values is that National Geographic magazine single back issues remain available directly from National Geographic.Learn more about Magazines & Newspapers
According to XYZ Collectibles, there are many old National Geographic magazines that are worth money. For example, as of 2014, the January 1902 issue of National Geographic is valued at $816.50.Full Answer >
The most valuable issue of Life magazine is the April 13, 1962 issue covered by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, which featured Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris baseball cards. The May 1, 1939 issue with Joe DiMaggio on the cover is also quite valuable.Full Answer >
Collectible magazines can be sold at outlets that specialize in used, vintage or rare items. Online auction websites such as eBay are also an option, as are garage sales or online malls.Full Answer >
The history behind the National Geographic includes its founding date of January 27, 1888. The society was created in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for geographical issues and knowledge.Full Answer >