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    Double Whammy Damaged Deliveries

    I have been buying and selling on eBay for over 10 years. I have received cards in bubble mailers, boxes, plain white envelopes (PWE), CD mailers, etc... You name I got it. I hear all the rancor about PWE mailings but, to date, I have been able to dodge the bullet. In fact, I never had any problems with damaged mail until I got hit twice this week.

    The first card was mailed in a PWE. the card was in a penny sleeve but no top loader. They didn't even use decoy cards to protect the card. Got a small crease around the jersey window from being bent on the postal services DBCS machines. Thankfully, it was not a high-end card, so I am not too upset about it. I figured to give the seller a 3-of-5 stars for shipping, but since shipping was free, I could not rate that category.

    The second card came is a USPS body bag. You know, those plastic baggies with the "We're sorry..." statement on the back. This card was in a bubble mail and in a toploader. The package jammed DBCS machine which ripped 1/3 of the envelope away and the card came out. In a stroke of luck (?) the damage occurred at the USPS facility where I work. So, even though half of the address and city were ripped off the envelope, the DBCS clerk knew the package was for me and was able to hand-write my address on the remainder of the envelope.

    All in all, I have had pretty good luck. considering how many cards go through DBCS machines it is a wonder that more don't come out damaged. Next time you get a card through the mail. Check the envelope. If it has a printed barcode in the lower right corner, your card went through the DBCS. How it made it through all those turns, bends and twists without getting damaged is a mystery (or maybe some ancient USPS secret)
    Hidden Content
    Collecting: (click links to see want lists)
    Hidden Content (95% complete) / Hidden Content (83.4% complete) / Eric Lindros (35% complete) / Ilya Kovalchuk (22% complete)

    ...and to a lesser extent

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    "USPS body bag" - great term! Got my Beckett in one of those once - two weeks late and half-shredded. "We're sorry..."
    LF this ITG Decades 1980's Autograph: AMM2 - Mark Messier CAN SP. Also need many Emblems and Numbers from ITG Decades 1980's and may need Quads, Golds or other low print runs from that set.
    PC includes Sakic, Vaive, Salming, Lafleur, Shutt and anyone named Stastny except Yan. Also buying Tokarski rookie year cards if priced right.

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