How much is postage? Do you combine Shipping?
Good Question! I cover the basics in I believe the Terms and Conditions Section. I clearly state for each item what the corresponding postage will be.
Some of my items come with Free Insured Shipping. I include Delivery Confirmation and Tracking with every purchase.
For items that I do not cover shipping, the price is usually $2.60 for Mainland US. (The US Postal Service raised their rates for large-envelopes in January 2016 to a base price of $2.60) This price includes padded mailer, Tracking, and Delivery Confirmation.
If you purchase several cards, (each at $2.60 for shipping) it should automatically calculate a charge for shipping on the 1st card, and I will cover the rest.
This changes if you buy 1 card ($2.60 shipping rate) + An over-sized, or graded card, or a card that requires insurance. In these cases, if the calculated shipping charge seems unfair, please send me an email and I will take a look at it. I do not want to lose sales due to something that can be easily fixed.
In some cases, if the item is over a certain amount: $50 or so, I may charge $3.50 for shipping. If this is the case, it is because I will be purchasing insurance for the item. I never want to lose a sale because of something you feel is unfair, so I welcome any and all questions you have regarding my site, and the policies I have set forth. I have never charged more for shipping than my actual cost.
* As of 2017, the new base rate for USPS thick envelope/small package is $3.00.
What does PSA/DNA Pre-Certified Mean?
PSA/DNA Pre-Certified is a term dealing with Autograph Authentication.
Here is how PSA/DNA describes it (In their own words) on their website:
As a hobbyist, you may see the PSA/DNA Pre-Certified logo in various auction house catalogs or online. It is a service unique to auctions and to autographs found within. The purpose of the service is to let the prospective bidders know whether an autographed auction item will pass PSA/DNA should that person win the item and want to send it in for authentication immediately after the auction closes. If you see the Pre-Certified logo, it means the item has been reviewed by our experts and is absolutely guaranteed to pass.
In other words, I purchased the item through a reputable auction house. I purchased the item with the knowledge that PSA/DNA has already inspected it, and if I choose to, I can submit the item for authentication and it is guaranteed to pass.
This gives me the peace of mind to purchase the item. When I offer it for sale through my store TheTOPDOGinLA.com, I am likely selling it for less than you will find it elsewhere. The autograph is genuine. I guarantee it and offer 110% money refunded + shipping if it is determined to be non-authentic. You have my word, and I have PSA/DNA's backing on it.
By not accruing additional costs of submitting to PSA/DNA for the little holo, I am able to offer the item for less and pass along those savings to you the collector.
California's new law regarding sale of autographed items:
With the advent of the new law passed in California, (AB 1570) regarding the sale of Autographed Memorabilia over $5, I am in full compliance. With any autographed item not authenticated by the manufacturer or an industry leading authentication company, your item will be accompanied by a legally binding coa. (Certificate of Authenticity). This coa will provide a description and sometimes a photo of the actual item, specific details regarding the number produced or if it was a limited production, etc. It will be personally signed and dated by myself, and shall provide the purchaser with the peace of mind that if the item purchased is later determined to be non-authentic by a reputable authenticator, and the seller is found to have intentionally mislead the purchaser in the sale of said item, then the purchaser (you) are entitled to recover losses of up to 10 X your original purchase price in damages.
I also have many PSA/DNA Certified items on this site. Items that have gone through the full authentication process and have been encapsulated as part of the process. While this is an expensive process, (Minimum $20 per player, i.e. Joe DiMaggio is $75) you will find that most of the time my price will be lower than the competition. I post these for sale in an attempt to sell them, not look pretty!
What if I want to see a scan of the back of a particular card before I purchase?
I have taken the time to include additional images of many of my items. For those that do not already have a reverse scan provided, I will be happy to provide the scan for you. All it takes is a quick email! Unlike some of the card shops who brag about how many cards they sell (yet will post a 'general image' of the item they intend to sell. All scans in my store are of the actual item you will be receiving.
Will you be listing any new items in the near future?
Yes! In early 2017, I will be posting the following:
High Grade 1975 Topps Mini Baseball Complete Set
YANKEES All-Time Greats Signed Bat (Over 30 Signatures!)
Brooklyn Dodgers "Who's A Bum?" 11 x 17 Signed Prints
1957 Milwaukee Braves Yearbook Signed by: Hank Aaron, (HOF) Warren Spahn (HOF), Lew Burdette, Red Schoendiest (HOF), Bob Buhl, Don McMahon, Del Crandall, Carl Sawatski, Bob Taylor, Ed Mathews (HOF), Johnny Logan, Frank Torre, Billy Bruton, Andy Pafko and more!
PLUS the following Dodgers: Walt Alston (HOF), Duke Snider (HOF), Pee-Wee Reese (HOF), Carl Erskine, Rube Walker and one more.
Autographed Single Signed Baseballs:
Mark McGwire (Steiner)
Willie McCovey (JSA)
Mike Schmidt (JSA) SOLD
Ernie Banks (Steiner)
Ken Griffey Jr. (JSA) SOLD
Reggie Jackson (Steiner)
PSA/DNA Graded Gem Mint 10:
Signed 1979 Wallin Diamond Greats Ted Kluszewski Authentic Autograph
Bill Dickey endorsed check (PSA/DNA)
Joe Garagiola signed Southwest Airlines boarding pass (SGC)
Bobby Labonte signed die-cast car (JSA)
Pete Gray signed 11x14 (JSA)
1946 New York Yankees Multi-Signed 11x14 Photo (6) with Crosetti, Rizzuto (PSA/DNA)
Chris Paul Signed Children's book (SGC)
Signed Goudey Reprints:
Rick Ferrell (PSA/DNA), Mark Koenig (PSA/DNA), Jack Russell (PSA/DNA), Billy Herman (PSA/DNA), Charlie Gehringer (PSA/DNA), Carl Hubbell (PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10), Babe Herman (PSA/DNA), Bill Terry (SGC), Frank O'Rourke (SGC), Travis Jackson (SGC), Red Lucas (SGC), Luke Sewell (SGC), Lefty Gomez (SGC), Riggs Stephenson (SGC), Paul Richards (SGC), George Pipigras (SGC), Ted Lyons (SGC), Bill Terry (SGC), Russell Van Atta (SGC), Leo Durocher (SGC), Burleigh Grimes (SGC), Charlie Gehringer (PSA/DNA)
Plus approximately 20 more Autographs from baseball Hall of Fame members
25 Signed / Autographed Perez-Steele 50th Anniversary Cards by Hall of Fame players!
10 Single Signed Official National League Baseballs signed by former Brooklyn Dodgers. 9 with Inscriptions!
What is Pre-Certified by Beckett Authentication Services (B.A.S.) Mean?
This is a service offered by Beckett's new Autograph Authentication division. Mainly used by the major on-line auction houses. Pre-certified means the item has been passed authentication by B.A.S. and is guaranteed to pass full authentication, but no LOA or COA is included with the purchase. You will receive my personal C.o.a. in these cases, which meets the standards set forth by California's new legislation regarding autographs and memorabilia (Assembly Bill AB 1570), and is legally binding in a court of law.
Is your store ever closed?
I have always tried to ship items the same or next day as I receive payment. I will be going out of town on business 11/17/2017 through 11/21/2017. Items purchased during this time will ship 11/22/2017. Thank you for your support!