Quoted from dasvis:
Ha! After much UPS bullshit the backbox arrived, well sort of. Hoov packed it nicely, but of course UPS used it for field goal practice and broke the backglass... then they would not deliver it with broken glass, so they sent it back to Hoov. I did not need the glass but thought it might be cool to hang on the wall, so no great loss. Anyway, once it finally got back to him he shook the glass out, taped it up & resent it back across the country to me. More field goal practice then they delivered.
Upon opening the box, there was not one unbroken wood panel... even the bottom board was cracked in two.
DAMN UPS- hate them!
Again, I really-really appreciate all of Hoov's hard work on shipping this... it's no fault of his that it was destroyed in shipment. I have an awesome set of tools, I can fix it.
OK, to set the record straight and solve this mystery, per dasvis's instructions, I wrapped the backbox in heavy cardboard after I placed a piece of thin wood paneling over the backglass. The backglass wasn't good enough to go in a machine but would look ok in a game room on a wall. I told the guy at UPS all the recipient wanted was the wood backbox but I included the old backglass in it at his request. The guy told me he couldn't guarantee the glass wouldn't get broke en route and I said it was ok - he only needs the backbox so if it breaks ship it to him anyway.
It almost made it all the way there when they broke the glass and that set the wheels at UPS in motion. They sent an e-mail stating that it would be returned to the sender. I called the next morning and the local office said that it was damaged in transit and there was broken glass - and it was dangerous for the workers to handle it and there may be chemicals involved - so it would have to be sent back. I called 2 other times to check on it and they said it went to 2 wrong locations and they would update the recipient when it arrived. I have waited for about 3 weeks now for them to get back to me telling me the package has been returned to where I dropped it off. I had told dasvis I would remove the broken glass, repackage, and send it back to him - problem is they never contacted me saying it was back at where I dropped it off.
It might have went to a "Damage Center" where they disassemble the damaged item so it's "safe' to be shipped back out - I don't know. Looks like wherever it went they weren't too careful with it.