By Scott Kozlowski aka scottkoz20
Last Month, I started a small project in which I mailed out numerous cards in a Plain White Envelope or PWE. To recap that article, I mailed out 42 different envelopes to 14 SCF members

The breakdown of the 42 envelopes that were shipped out looks like this:

* 7 envelopes with a card that has no protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking
* 7 envelopes with a card that has no protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking
* 7 envelopes with a card that has penny sleeve protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking
* 7 envelopes with a card that has penny sleeve protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking
* 7 envelopes with a card that has a top loader and penny sleeve protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking
* 7 envelopes with a card that has a top loader and penny sleeve protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking
And from this, I had expected to see the following results
* All 7 envelopes with a card that has no protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking will have some damaged.
* All 7 envelopes with a card that has penny sleeve protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking will have some damaged.
* All 7 envelopes with a card that has a top loader and penny sleeve protection and no “Do Not Bend” marking will have some damaged.
* 4 of the 7 envelopes with a card that has no protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking will have some damaged.
* 3 of 7 envelopes with a card that has penny sleeve protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking will have some damaged.
* None of the 7 envelopes with a card that has a top loader and penny sleeve protection and has a “Do Not Bend” marking will be damaged.

Essentially, I was expecting to have 2/3rds or 28 of the 42 cards shipped via PWE to be received damage. To my surprise and to the surprise of the receipiants of the cards, not one card was reported back to me as being damaged!

So, what does this mean? It means that I was able to ship out cards in a PWE that were recieved without damage.  Does this mean that shipping cards using a PWE is completely safe?  NO!

When I decided to conduct this study, I only had the availability to send out base cards. Even though that I was shipping out base cards, I was expecting damage because of the automatic sorting machines used at by the Postal Service. Additionally, being that they were in a PWE, not in a protective mailer, it would be easier to bend from handling of the letter carrier.

There are number of variables that shipping using a PWE does not take into account.  For example, there were no jersey cards, no autographs, no patch cards that were shipped via PWE. Also, there were other methods of shipping cards that were not taken into account, such as a semi-rigid card saver or a cut up 9-card sheet.
To say that shipping via PWE is a safe way to ship, at this point there is still more research that needs to be done and the myth that it safe to ship via PWE is not complete.