Shipping Your Magazines
Sending your magazines correctly helps to ensure that they arrive safely, without damage, and can even improve your submission processing time.
By following these simple recommended guidelines, you will get your submissions back quickly:
- Carefully place each magazine in a Mylar or a bag — WITH a backing board — with the top closest to the bag’s opening. One piece of tape is sufficient for a bag with a flap (affixed so the tape is securing the flap toward the BACK of the magazine). Do not use tape to seal an open-top (flapless) Mylar sleeve.
- CGC recommends wrapping the individually bagged magazines in a larger plastic or paper bag and taping that outer wrapper together securely. Place this bundle between two firm pieces of cardboard and secure on all sides. No more than five bagged magazines should be bundled together.
- Pack your bundle in a BOX with plenty of cushioning material on all sides. Be sure to include the CGC submission invoice and your method of payment. CGC does not recommend using any type of envelope to ship magazines to us.
- If you're sending more than one submission invoice, please pack the appropriate magazines and submission invoices together so they can be easily matched with their submission form. It is also helpful if the magazines are packed in the order that they are listed on the form.
- Secure the box according to USPS guidelines. For USPS guidelines, please consult your local post office.
- Be sure your package is properly registered and / or insured for delivery to CGC.
Magazines that come two or more in a bag, or without backing boards, or with backing boards in their centers, must be separated individually by one of our pre-graders. The grading process can be significantly delayed if the magazines were incorrectly packed.
THESE PACKING INSTRUCTIONS ARE RECOMMENDATIONS ONLY. YOU MUST DECIDE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF PROTECTION FOR YOUR MAGAZINES WHEN YOU SHIP THEM TO CGC.