The last thing anyone wants when shipping their cards is for something to happen to them in the mail. It's unfortunate but it does happen and it is beyond your control.
Recently on a trade I sent out my cards in a bubble mailer and sent them priority. Paid for the shipping and got my tracking number and receipt. I never had any problems in the past with the mail, so I didn't think to get the insurance. Well, the package showed up at their door, was ripped open, looked like it had been stepped on 15 times, with no cards in it, and a notice that stated:
Dear postal Customer:
We sincerely regret the damage to your mail during handling by the postal service.We hope this incident did not inconvenience you.............We hope you understand. We assure you that we are constantly striving to improve our processing methods in order that even a rare occurrence may be eliminated.
Please accept our apologies.
I couldn't even get the money I paid for postage back. I was at a total loss. Nothing I could do about it.
LESSON: If it is valued at over $20, I recommend getting it insured. It is only a bit more in change, and in instances like this, you can at least make a claim to the post office. It's rare , but this stuff does happen. With insurance, it won't be a total loss.