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    I cut the side off of a tissue box to #10 envelope size and taped mine to that for mailing. Hope it works!

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    Great information

    This is a great summary
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    Years ago I bought a pack of #11 envelopes. (That's a USA size that is slightly larger that a #10 but still meets the post office standards for the least postage.)

    Now I print my return address on a #10, put all the ATCs and stuff in it, and slip everything into the #11 addressed to the host. Works GREAT!

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    I started trading in 2005, and have always stored ATCs in 3-ring binders -- in either 9-up (for vertical cards) or 8-up (for horizontal cards) clear plastic binder pages. So I have boxes of those pages around. To mail 3 or 6 cards, I would cut a 9-up page in thirds and use one strip per envelope. These keep the cards flat (no overlapping) and make the mail as thin as possible. This way, even if the envelope is ripped one never loses any art. (For mailing more, I'd use a full 9-up sheet and fold it into thirds -- which exactly fits a #10 envelope but take a little extra postage.)

    For folks who don't have binder page sheets, you can make a safe and easy holder from a plain sheet of paper -- by folding it up a third and putting one staple a third of the way in from each end then place your ATCs in each pocket and fold the top down. (Since the two staples are cross-wise to the envelope, this does not hinder the postal sorting machine.)

    PS: Most hosts here at AfA want cards to be sent in penny sleeves. Those also fit into all of the above just fine.

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my size 11 envelopes! I hoard them and only use them when I need to send an SASE. No one around here sells them so I have to buy them online. But they're definitely worth it!

    the only slight problem I've found with using the cut up binder pages is that the penny sleeve gets crinkled up in them and sometimes bends the cards. The cards you send may fit fine, but the cards you receive in the swap may not. It's just extra hassle for the host trying to get them to fit. lol And it can add to the weight. When hosting, I've had some that have gone over 1 ounce and had to have extra postage because of the plastic holder. (plus the hostess has to deal with keeping track of it) Now that being said, there are alot of hosts who like and prefer sending that way. We all have our different preferences and peculiarities haha

    thanks for sharing and sharing pics too!

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    Many thanks for sharing this; it will help me with my posting when I have completed my ATCs

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    Thank you

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    came here to read because I needed info on how to mail a SASE - i was not disappointed! great article

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