I am looking for some advice. I am planning to sell pretty much my entire collection of fire related diecast (more than 200 Code 3, Corgi, Boley, Athearn, Yatming, Matchbox etc. combined) in the not so distant future. The issue I face is I have on display a number of vehicles and I no longer have any of the original packaging. What is the best way to pack a loose vehicle? Do you use a styrofoam wrap first around the truck, then pack it firmly in a box with styrofoam packing peanuts? Other options? What is the best way to minimize the risk of any shipping damage?
I have had good success with wrapping them in bubble wrap with the bubble side in. I use the small sized bubbles and wrap firm enough to stay on but loose enough to not break parts. Then they go in a zip lock bag labeled for what the model is.
When opening I open over a towel to catch anything that may have broken off. I often cut them open just to save handling.
I packed up my collection back in 2002 when I moved to GA. Each truck was wrapped in bubble wrap and then taped. They were then packed insde a good quality u-haul box. Some have not been out of the box since then due to moving every couple of years and no room to display them. The ones I did unpack were in good shape and showed no signs of problems.