Pro Tips: Best Methods for Shipping Safely and Securely2 min read


In this stay-at-home world, the shipping companies have been busier than ever before. With that in mind, it’s never been more important to take extra efforts to ensure your package is handled properly and reaches its destination as intended. Pretty soon, collectors like you will be sending cards to PSA again. Here are some important suggestions and recommendations for when that time comes.

  1. INSIDE THE BOX: Protect your items so they don’t shift or get damaged in transit. We suggest placing all of your items – in the same order as on your submission form – between two larger pieces of cardboard and securing the bundle with rubber bands. The PSA website offers a step-by-step guide for preparing and packaging your submissions.
  2. USE NEW PACKAGING: Recycling is an important part of our everyday lives, but when sending your cards to PSA, it is always best to use a new box. A box’s strength is often compromised once it has been used in the shipping process. Dents, creases and small tears weaken the package that you’re trusting with your valuable cards. Also, boxes that are re-used and re-sealed are more likely to be a target as opening and resealing is harder to notice. Finally, should something happen in transit, your insurance claim will be better received if you are not having to acknowledge that previously compromised materials were used in the shipping process.
  3. TAMPER-EVIDENT TAPE: There are several types of tape that will seal boxes satisfactorily, but the best option for shipping items of value are the colorful tamper-evident varieties. These tapes, labels and sealing products deter others from opening and resealing a package. Using colorful security tape leaves no question as to whether your package was tampered with and is well worth the investment.
  4. BOX WITHIN A BOX: For the ultimate in protection, we suggest sealing up the box, and placing it in a larger box surrounded by packing material. This provides extra shock-absorption to protect your items, and is also an additional hurdle for anyone with bad intentions.
  5. SHIPPING INSURANCE: As reliable as the shipping companies are, rare accidents and unlikely events are always a possibility. Therefore, adequate shipping insurance should not be viewed as a luxury. The small amount of money spent to insure your items in transit provides peace of mind that you will be properly compensated in the unlikely event of a claim.

This guidance is not meant to scare you. Nearly all the time, packages arrive intact. These five important tips will simply go a long way to ensure your package is not one of the exceptions. They are worth repeating. Protect your items. Use a brand-new shipping box. Use colorful security tape. Protect your cards in the box. Properly insure your package. These simple steps will help ensure that your package arrives safe and sound. It may also help you sleep better at night.


Posted by Todd Tobias

Todd Tobias is a longtime hobbyist and PSA staff member who is constantly on the hunt for vintage lacrosse issues and autographed cards for his American Football League (1960-1969) collection.

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