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    Shipping collection overseas

    Does anyone have any advice or experience with shipping a collection overseas? I have about 30 or so card boxes filled with either top loaders or loose cards. Also boxes of magazines, programs, books and other assorted memorabilia, but it's the cards I am most worried about. There's a lot of old stuff dating back to the 48 Bowman set

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    1948 Bowman Basketball and Football cards are illegal to ship overseas. (Contact me and I will help you get rid of them!)

    I have had decent luck shipping cards to and from overseas. Some light foam padding on top of the top loaders (foam, etc.) will hopefully keep the cards from shifting too much in transit. I would recommend sealing the boxes before shipment.

    I would also recommend buying (and shipping) new, unassembled boxes for your cards once they hit their destination.
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    I would recommend you carry the VERY valuable stuff in your carry on. Stuff can get stuck for a long time in customs...
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    Shipping, etc

    These are both very helpful suggestions. I was planning to carry my most valuable pieces. I'm more concerned about the boxes. I have a lot of stuff, especially from the 60s and 70s. I'm looking to ship from NJ to Asia. Do I use a shipping company, or just randomly call air lines and ask of freight prices? I have no experience with this.

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    It would be more expensive, but I would recommend a shipping company. You may also want to consider adding an insurance rider for your collection.

    I have to ask...what part of Asia?
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    I would suggest that you call a freight shipping company. Including Fedx and DHL. The airlines are not the greatest of help.

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    Thailand, based in Bangkok. I'm assuming I'll need to buy a dehumidifier too

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    Use DHL for shipping to Asia. Also, use gel silica packets in each box to cut down on moisture at different altitudes in the plane ride. DHL suggests the gel silica to prevent the metals and oils from changing properties due to moisture content at different altitudes. I'm sure paper would attract and retain moisture more easily than metals. At work, we ship transmissions to Thailand, India an China exclusively through DHL.

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    Fordman, thanks for your very informative post. I would have never thought to safeguard my collection in such a way.

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