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How to Ship Comics Safely

Learn How to Ship Comics via USPS or Fedex
Last updated October 19, 2016

We are asked this question all the time:

"What's the best way to ship comic books in the mail?"

This page will help.

We provide step-by-step video, photos and written instructions.

There are several categories:

Click any link above to jump, or scroll down the page to find the type of shipment you want, and follow along with the how-tos.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

NEVER SHIP COMICS TO US
unless we have already discussed your collection
and paid for it in full.

How to Ship Comics in a USPS Priority Box 1097

A USPS Priority Box Mailer 1097 will safely ship 5-14 vintage comic books.

Written instructions:

We want to create a "brick" from your comics, using tape and bubblewrap, so it is protected from potential damage in transit.

Ensure all the comics are protected in bags and boards.

Don't Have Bags and Boards?

You need to protect the books BEFORE you use tape.

Stack them neatly on top of one another. Slide carefully into a new freezer bag.

Take great care not to catch the edges or corners of the covers on the mouth of the bag.

Fold over any excess plastic and secure gently with tape.

Try to ensure that ziplock tracks are at the sides, rather than on top of the comic book covers.

Stack the comics neatly with all the flaps at one end and the back. Secure the stack with one piece of tape.

Rotate the stack and secure the opposite end with one piece of tape, wrapped from front to back of the top and bottom book.

You now have a nicely snug stack of 5-14 comics in bags and boards. The stack should not move around too much if you manipulate it a little.

Cut a piece of large-bubble bubblewrap. Place the stack of books in the center.

Wrap the ends of the bubblewrap around it and tape closed.

Tape the two other open ends of the bubblewrap to make a "brick". All four sides of the stack of comics should be protected by the bubblewrap.

Take some newspaper and scrunch it up into a lining for the bottom end of the USPS Priority Box.

Slide the brick into the box.

Make two more scrunches of newspaper for the sides and end of the brick. There should not be much space inside the box, or the brick will be able to move around in transit too much.

If it is moving too much, then you need to add more scrunched newspaper between the brick and the walls of the box.

Remove the self-adhesive seal on the box flap and fold it snugly closed.

Finish by running tape along the outside of the flap for added protection.

The finished box should not make much noise when you shake it gently. It's okay for the brick to move about a tiny bit, but it should not be loose enough to bang around inside.

More than 14 books will make the box bulge out too much.

How to Ship Comics in a USPS Priority Envelope

These are the standard Priority Mail envelopes they give away at USPS offices.

Written instructions:

You can ship 1-4 comic books in a USPS Priority Envelope.

Ensure all the comics are protected in bags and boards. Ideally the bags will not be taped closed, and the flaps will be loose.

Don't Cheap Out on Cardboard!

Your cardboard is the only thing protecting your comic books in transit.

The ideal size is 8.5 x 11 inches.

Do not use cardboard which already has creases or dents.

Do use fresh, new cardboard, ideally all pre-cut to size.

If you have to use old boxes, cut panels from areas without damage.

Fold all the flaps over so they wrap around the top of the stack. Secure with one piece of tape.

Rotate the stack and secure the opposite end with another piece of tape.

Take one piece of card. Tape the books to the card so they can't move about.

One piece of tape on each edge should be plenty.

Take another 1-3 pieces of card (you'll need more for smaller numbers of comic books) and place them on top of the books.

There should be card on both sides of the comics.

You don't need tape here. The Priority envelope will hold them securely.

Slide the sandwich of card into the envelope.

Seal the envelope closed using the self-adhesive seal on the flap.

Ensure a tight seal by pulling the flap snugly around the card before you remove the adhesive strip cover.

How to Ship CBCS or CGC Comic Books

If you have graded comics, then shipping those in the mail to a new owner is an important skill to master.

You need to protect the cases from damage. Cracking in transit is very common.

Written instructions:

If you need to ship 1-4 CGC-graded comic books, then unfortunately USPS doesn't have a free box you can use.

We use a 16 x 12 x 4 inch box purchased from Uline.

The good news is, you CAN get the padded mailers free from USPS. They supply bubble mailers for Priority shipments.

Each Priority mailer will fit up to two graded comics inside.

Two CGC comics will fit into one USPS Priority bubble mailer, if you're sending 3 or 4. But if you're sending two, use two bubble mailersTwo CGC comics will fit into one USPS Priority bubble mailer, if you're sending 3 or 4. But if you're sending two, use two bubble mailers

Slide your CGC comic book(s) into the padded mailer, and tape closed.

How to ship CGC comics: use as little tape as possible
How to ship CGC comics: use as little tape as possible

Assemble the box. Fill the bottom layer with packing peanuts, scrunched newspaper balls, or lots of bubblewrap.

How to ship CGC comics: if you don't have packing peanuts, use bubblewrap or scrunched newspaper

Lay the padded mailer on top of the layer of packaging.

Shipping CGC comics: lay the books on top of the layer of padding
Shipping CGC comics: cover the book with another layer of packaging

Cover the mailer with another layer. You want it to be slightly over-full. Fold the flaps closed on top of the box. 

Fold the flaps closed on top of the box. The CGC comic will be held in place by the slightly over-filled packaging
Tape the box holding the CGC comic book securely closed

Because it's slightly too full, the packaging will hold the book snugly inside.

Tape the box securely closed.


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