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  1. YankeeBob63's Avatar
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    Arrow How to safely ship cards

    The biggest gripe I have with online trading is getting a package and finding out it was poorly packed. The result: dinged corners and damaged cards.

    There are many ways to pack cards so that they make it to their destination in one piece.

    Single Card
    You can use a regular envelope or a bubble mailer for extra protection. Place the card into a penny sleeve, place penny sleeve into a toploader or semi rigid card holder. Now the most important part pinch the top of the toploader and seal it with some tape, preferably masking tape. This prevents the card from escaping during it's trip and getting damaged.

    If you are going to use a regular envelope don't just throw it in and send it on it's way. Make sure to either wrap it in a sheet of paper or tape the toploader to the inside of the envelope. If you leave it loose it will move around and there is high possibility the envelope will get stuck in a postal sorting machine. The maximum amount of cards I would place in a regular envelope is three.

    Large Lots
    There are various ways to send larger lots of cards. My method is as follows. First, I break the cards down into piles of 25 or so and wrap them with old wax wrappers (u can use regular paper, tissue, newspaper) this helps keep the cards in a tight bunch. Next I tape the pile to a toploader using good packing tape, I make sure to tape vertically and horizontally (the pile should not be able to move it's now nice and centered on the toploader. Next I place a second toploader on the other side of the pile and tape both toploader together making a sandwich. I then slide the toploader sandwiches into a bubble mailer and off they go. Sometimes for extra support I will place a piece of cardboard inside the bubble mailer to make the package nice and sturdy.
    Try to keep the piles the same size so that when you place them into the bubble mailer you have a nice flat surface. I save all my old toploaders so I have plenty when it comes time to pack up cards for a trade.

    Another way of sending large lots is to place the cards into a plastic case. Everyone should be familiar with these cases. Tape the case shut and place it into a bubble mailer and off they go. Pretty easy to do, but unless you have a stockpile of old cases it can get expensive.

    Starter Sets or 300+ cards
    Best way to ship a large amount of cards is to put them into a 300,400,500,600 count box you can pick them up at your local shop. You can ship them in those boxes but there is no protection. I place the smaller box into a slightly larger box and pad the sided with newspaper.

    The most important thing to do is place a note along with cards so that the other person knows who they are coming from. Members of this site don't forget to add your screen name.

    Remember to spend a little extra time packing the cards you send out and you will always have great trades. Also spend the extra money and insure packages with a high value.
    Last edited by YankeeBob63; 05-27-2012 at 09:24 PM. Reason: spelling
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  2. jeter101's Avatar
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    thanks for the tips
    I like all type of cards from different sports,but i do like the yankees stuff a lot though.I like the derek jeters,a-rod's and that type of stuff or AP for football.
    I am taking a break from trading but i will still be on!!

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    Hey are couple of extra tips to use if you care.

    I use painters blue tape when tape a number of top loaders together. The tape pulls off and top loaders can be reused!
    I cant count the number of top loaders i have toss away because of tape that cant be pulled off the top loader.

    Staple the end of the bubble mailer and cover with tape!

    Several months back I had a package hi-jacked in shipping. The package was to contain 2 GU/AU and a number of other cards. Instead All i found a package of marsh mellow bunnies! and YES i still have them they did cost my 150 bucks!

    Just a couple quick thoughts
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    I was planning on replacing a couple of the scans. I think I now have some better examples and am going to try to offer more than one example at the lower grades. I will let you know when I do that? 70-247 free dumps

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