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"I have A LOT of old NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazines, are they valuable?"

http://closedstacks.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/who-the-hell-started-the-rumor-that-national-geographic-magazines-would-ever-be-worth-collecting/

http://lawvibe.com/librarian-arrested-for-selling-used-national-geographic-magazines-on-ebay/ LOL.. I *Know* a law librarian who lost her university job over a similar fiasco!

http://www.gtpcc.org/gtpcc/nationalgeographic.htm Access to ALL National Geographic magazines published from the very beginning, in 1888, through the issues released in 2000 on CD ROM for 50$.

A random look-see online (Ebay auctions) shows individual NatGeo's going for 2-5$ apiece.

"The 1888 Volume I National Geographic is valued at about $5,000. Volumes II, III and IV will cost about $3,000. Issues from the 1890s are usually in the $300 to $500 range, and those from the early 1900s go for between $125 and $200. Current issues (ie anything more current than 1920's) are about $5 each."
Arthur Schwedt, a certified appraiser, author of “The Antique Story Book: Finding the Real Value of Old Things.

And from the horse's mouth: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/community/faq2.html#donating
Below are the rates (in U.S. dollars) at which the National Geographic online store sells NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC back issues:
Cover date
1888-1913 not available
1914-1925 $40
1926-1940 $30
1941-1955 $20
1956-1970 $15
1971-1985 $10
1986-present Price per issue 6$

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