Shipping 78 rpm records the right way
Watch the video to learn about shipping 78s safely.
Or look at the step-by-step pictures below.
How to ship 78 rpm records is brought you you by jazz bassist and past NESPRS President Spike Hyssong. He’s been collecting 78 rpm records since he was a kid.
Don’t let this happen to the 78 rpm records YOU ship! They are irreplaceable objects.
These fragile records will have to compete with bouncing microwave ovens and boxes of power tools in the back of the mail trailer or brown shipping van.
Start with two or three layers of 10×10 inch, stiff cardboard. Most collectors don’t mind paying a few extra dollars to make sure their records arrive safely.
Make a record sandwich. The cardboard is the bread and the records are the meat.
That’s a tasty sandwich. Don’t forget to use record sleeves (they’re the cheese) or sheets of paper so the records don’t rub together while they’re in transit.
Use packing tape to secure your sandwich.
Tape all four sides.
Lay the record sandwich on a luxurious bed of foam peanuts or crumpled newspaper in a box with a few inches of clearance all around. Shredded paper doesn’t work.
Cover the records in a blanket of peanuts or crumpled newsprint, too.
Tape the box shut and affix the label, basking in the glow of a job done right. You’re helping to preserve the history of recorded sound.