Olagato House

February 7, 2008

Mailing cards?

Filed under: baseball cards — morineko @ 11:35 am

I’m finally nearing the point where I do want to start trading cards with people through the mail, but I have no idea where to start with packaging and mailing. Books, I know; cards, not so much. What should I pack them in, what should I mail them in?

(In any case, I don’t think I’ll be doing any mailing until I get back from Boston. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t posted–too busy here. Also, I won’t be taking a computer. This is also why I haven’t bought any 2008 card releases yet or even bothered to look for them. Aiaiai, this trip is expensive.)



  1. I mail cards all the time, I have found that putting them between 2 top loaders and taping the top loaders together works well. Using a regular envolope the price should be one stamp, but definitely weigh it. 1 Oz is one stamp, 2Oz is $0.59. Good luck and give my site some pub :)

    Comment by chemgod — February 7, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  2. Personally, I see two challenges to mailing cards to people. First, making sure they are encased in protective materials to ensure that they don’t get bent or dinged. Of course this depends on the number of cards you are dealing with. For a single card, I used a penny sleeve, within a top loader, sandwiched between two cardboard slabs. I may or may not also employ a bubble envelope (depends on the card). For a small stack of cards, I almost always use a bubble mailer after I sandwich the cards between protective surfaces. For a bunch of cards, I will use a card box- and possibly double box it using styrofoam peanuts (unless I am sending someone a bunch of 87 Topps commons that have less value than the packing materials).

    The second challenge, in case you haven’t already guessed, is organizing the stuff together in a manner so the person you are mailing it to doesn’t figure out that you have some sort of OCPD (obsessive-compulsive packing disorder). Good luck with that one. I think most people assume that I have some sort of tape fetish or something.

    Whenever possible, mail things yourself instead of pawning the task off on a friend or family member. Yes, life is short, but to get the most out of it, one needs to slow down and stand in line at the post office and smell the humanity.

    Comment by albuqwirke — February 7, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  3. Morineko, you inspired this post & video!


    Comment by Mario C. — February 10, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

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