Hello E4! Currently in California for college right now, and heading home to the Midwest for the summer. Usually my family road trips from the Midwest to California, but due to some scheduling/life changes it looks like I’ll be flying home. (Collection was originally transported by car)
My family is helping me rent a storage unit for the summer for books/drawings/furniture I don’t need to bring home. I’ll be in the Midwest for about 3 1/2 months, and don’t feel comfortable being away from my collection for that amount of time. I felt restless leaving it in the dorms for a few weeks over winter break, I don’t want to think about months. (Especially since I need to organize the reverse holos this summer/update storage/replace cards…)
I’ll be taking some of the smaller binders I can fit into my luggage by carry on, but know I’ll have to ship home the larger 3" and 4" binders. (For those of you who have been following my posts, I still haven’t had the chance to go out and buy smaller 1/2" binders… Went to Walmart and they were out, believe it or not)
With those 3" and 4" binders I’m worried about multiple issues.
-Cards falling out (main concern)
-Binders being packed too loosely/too tightly
-Pages getting crooked in shipping leading to damaged cards.
I know some of you have bought large collections before, so I want to know how that person went about shipping them to you, and how successful that shipping was.
This is my current shipping plan, please correct anything I have completely wrong.
-Shipping in large flat rate boxes out of USPS. I have a FedEx near me that I can ship out of if that would be a more secure option.
-Binders wrapped in garbage bags/plastic.
-Sides of the boxes packed with newspaper to prevent wiggle room
-Binders laid flat on in box
-INSURANCE. I need to add up costs, but in case anything happens, I really REALLY want insurance.
I’m very nervous to have the fate of my collection in another’s hands for a few days.
I’d love to hear any advice, and any past successful experiences you had shipping your collection home.
Some of you might argue that it’s dumb to have a large and valuable portion of my collection in a college dorm room, but that’s just how I roll.
-Pokesoap aka Madison S.