Prepare Your Sports Cards to Deliver to CSG


Packaging Instructions for Mail-In or Show Drop-Off


  1. For the protection of your cards, place each card into a protective sleeve. CSG offers protective sleeves for sale at the CCG store. Learn more here.

  2. Then, place each card in a semi-rigid holder. The sleeve you choose must be sturdy enough to allow us to remove the card safely. CSG offers semi-rigid holders for sale at the CCG store. Learn more here.

  3. Put all of your cards in between two cardboard pieces that are larger than the cards. When packaging your cards for shipment, please place the cards in the order in which they appear on the submission form packing slip.

  4. Secure the cardboard pieces with rubber bands. Ensure that the rubber bands are not too tight. They should be just tight enough to hold the cardboard pieces together and prevent the cards from falling out.

    Important: If packed too tightly, the cards inside may get damaged.

  5. Protect the bound cards with packing material such as bubble wrap, Styrofoam pellets or other shipping/packing material.

  6. Pack in a sturdy cardboard box, ensuring the bound cards are not packed too tightly. This may cause damage if mishandled. After placing your packing slip(s) in the box along with the cards, use packing tape to completely seal the outside of the box. NOTE: IF YOU ARE DROPPING YOUR CARDS OFF AT A SHOW, DO NOT SEAL THE BOX. BRING THE UNSEALED BOX TO THE CSG BOOTH SO THAT OUR RECEIVING PERSONNEL CAN REVIEW YOUR SUBMITTED COLLECTIBLES AND PROVIDE A RECEIPT.

  7. If you are submitting cards under the Unlimited Value WalkThrough or WalkThrough grading tiers, mark each side of your shipping box with WK in large, bold letters. If you are submitting cards under the Express grading tier, mark each side of your shipping box with EX in large, bold letters. If you are submitting cards under the Standard grading tier, mark each side of your shipping box with ST in large, bold letters. If you are submitting multiple grading tiers in the same shipping box, indicate the highest/fastest grading tier. Incorrectly marked packages will experience delays.

  8. If shipping via USPS, send your packaged cards to:

    Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG)
    PO Box 4800
    Sarasota, FL 34230

    If shipping via UPS or FedEx, send your packaged cards to:

    Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG)
    5501 Communications Parkway
    Sarasota, FL 34240

    If dropping off at a show, bring your unsealed box to the CSG booth.

    Important: The shipping provider that you select when submitting your order refers to the return shipping from CSG to you. You are responsible for safely shipping your cards to CSG.

To really submit like a pro, the CSG Shipping Kit contains everything you need to send your cards safely to CSG. Learn more here.

Disclaimer: Instructions from CSG on how to package sports cards are only suggestions. Customer alone is responsible for safely and securely packaging the cards, and should, in Customer’s sole discretion, determine how to package the cards to prevent damage during CSG’s normal handling process.

Note: Styrofoam is the registered trademark of Dow Chemical Company, and is not affiliated with CSG.

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