What is the best way to ship cards?

  • #1
    sending one card over for a trade and i want to know the safeist way to ship over states
    any info will help
  • #2
    Fisrt off I had no Idea there was a Pittsburg CA. As far as shipping cards if you mean safe as in don't want to damage the card, then I would have to say card inside a sleave (penny or regular). Then put that inside a topleader with tape over the top so the card dosn't slip out. For expensive cards also a bubble mailer is often a good idea. If you mean safe like making sure the cards get to the recipent, get delivery conformation and for more expensive trades insurance is often a good idea. hope this helps.


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  • #3
    Given that you're sending the card to me, allow me to give some advice. Wink

    You usually want to put the card in a random sleeve and THEN also in a top-loader. If you're sending in a paper envelope, attaching the top-loader to cardboard is advised. It's more advised to use a padded envelope, especially on larger or valuable trades.

    Last edited by gnomexp: 11/19/2009 12:57:50 AM
  • #4
    Quote from gnomexp
    Given that you're sending the card to me, allow me to give some advice. Wink

    You usually want to put the card in a random sleeve and THEN also in a top-loader. If you're sending in a paper envelope, attaching the top-loader to cardboard is advised. It's more advised to use a padded envelope, especially on larger or valuable trades.

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    One other thing to point out. Coming from someone that have family members that work at the post office. You may want to put "DO NOT BEND" and "DO NOT MACHINE SORT" on any of your mailers (especially envelopes). The post office should hand sort the delivery item instead of running it through the machines. I have seen and heard of some nasty things happening to items that are run through the machine sorters at the USPS.

    edit:
    nothing like recieving your package in a plastic "body" bag that has looked like its been sent through a shredder with a "sorry" letter inside the bag with what was once your card.
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  • #5
    Agreed to woogerboy21. On all of my envelope-sends that aren't padded, I write NONMACHINABLE. It costs extra postage, but adds a bit of safety. Make sure EVERYTHING is snug in a paper envelope to prevent issues.
  • #6
    lol thank you so much gnomexp, wanted to make sure you get it
  • #7
    Although amazingly i had someone send me 4 cards in a single sleeve that was on the inside of an envelope just the other day and some how the cards werent bent or anything. No top loader or hard backing just in an envelope.

    Do NOT try doing this BTW.
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  • #8
    nah i'm buyin a top-loader, and goin to send it in bubble-lope
  • #9
    Quote from monkodeath
    nah i'm buyin a top-loader, and goin to send it in bubble-lope


    If you trade enough, and buy enough on eBay, eventually, you'll have a stack of toploaders. I don't think I've ever bought one. Wink
  • #10
    BTW if you trade a lot this is a good source for Bubble Mailers.

    http://www.esupplystore.com/000--4x8_c_4.html

    With shipping it's roughly 20$ for 100.

    And if you have Paypal here is a good Link to print Postage with DC:

    https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now
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  • #11
    I've never sent or received cards bent after hundreds of transactions on eBay, and I don't bother with bubble-mailers or cardboard for single-card (or 3-4 card) transactions. If it's a single card I put it into a sleeve and then often into a top loader. Then I fold a piece of paper into thirds like a standard letter, and enclose the sleeved card in that. If I'm sending 4 or fewer cards I just put them into a sleeve and paper, and the toploader isn't really necessary.

    The letter-shaped paper keeps the sleeve or toploader from snagging on a sorting machine. Don't tape the sleeves to the paper! I've seen people do this and it just increases the chance of bends because the sleeve is no longer free to slide out of the way of the bend.

    Notice that Wizards doesn't do anything fancy with promo cards they send out either.
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