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Old 06-03-2010, 11:44 AM
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Do any of you save your old plates? Any unusual ones?

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Old 06-03-2010, 11:58 AM
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I've saved my, now no good motorcycle and ATV plates.

Every time I go to the big indoor flea markets, they always have all kinds of old plates for sale and going for some decent prices for what they are.
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Someone gave me all 50 states a few years ago..just sitting in the box...
Have to sell them on E Bay ...
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:37 AM
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I have most of my old SC plates.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:16 AM
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I hear scrap aluminium prices are pretty decent. You are going to need a bunch of plates to make it worth any real money though.
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I have a collection of plates from every duty station I was at. In a box. I need to put them up.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:33 PM
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Connecticut gave me VD.

The plate for my first vehicle started w/ VD. I had no choice, every plate in the registry that day all started w/ VD.

Lots of other Nutmeggers got the same disease and I never even met them...
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n3994634.shtml

It sure is a thing here in Delaware...This article doesnt even get into the older black with white number enamel painted tags that go from $30 grand up to a couple hundies.



REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., April 4, 2008
The $675,000 License Plate

In Delaware, Prestige Isn’t Judged By The Car You Drive, But By Its License Plate Number



  • Play CBS Video Video An Investment That Moves Delaware investors have a cult fascination with low digit license plates, a fascination that translates into lots of dollars but very little sense. Steve Hartman reports.
(CBS) When Charles Murphy passed away late last year, he left behind his home and his Chrysler. But the most valuable possession of all was the license plate on the car.

“There’s every possibility that today, his plate will sell for more than his home will,” Butch Emmert of Emmert Auctions in Rehoboth, Del., told CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman.

Delaware, it seems, has a cult fascination with low-digit license plates - a fascination that translates into lots of dollars… but very little sense.

“There is no better investment in the United States today,” Emmert says. When asked he says, “I know it'll outperform the stock market.”

It all started over a century ago, when Delaware first started issuing plates - in numerical order. The wealthy people who got their cars first go the lowest numbers - and a status symbol was born.

Today, plate number “1” is reserved for the governor, “2” is for the lieutenant governor and “3” for the secretary of state. All the rest can be bought and sold on the open market. Plates with three and four digits often sell for thousands of dollars. A two digit plate can sell for tens of thousands.

“It's more important in Delaware to have a low number than to drive a Rolls Royce,” says Emmert.

The Fuscos are a family of commercial real estate brokers who have been collecting plates for 20 years.

“It all started back when my grandfather purchased number ‘9,’” says Frank Fusco. “That's when the hype began.”

Fusco says his grandfather paid nearly $200,000 for that tag back in 1994. They now own 17 plates valued at over $3 million.

At a special auction for the number “6,” the Fuscos are contenders, along with investment groups and Tim Ayres, a wealthy publisher. Ayres already owns number “11” and is betting on the bankability of number “6.”

“I think it would be a good investment, I really do," says Ayres.

In the end, plate number “11” goes to the Fuscos for a staggering $675,000.

Only in Delaware - where the right plate not only gives you license to drive - but to print money as well.
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Wow. I think I should look into stealing license plates in Delaware. Apearantly that would be more worth your time than money laundering on a small scale. I guess it takes all kinds to make the world turn.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by starmonk View Post
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n3994634.shtml

It sure is a thing here in Delaware...This article doesnt even get into the older black with white number enamel painted tags that go from $30 grand up to a couple hundies.



REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., April 4, 2008
The $675,000 License Plate

In Delaware, Prestige Isn’t Judged By The Car You Drive, But By Its License Plate Number



  • Play CBS Video Video An Investment That Moves Delaware investors have a cult fascination with low digit license plates, a fascination that translates into lots of dollars but very little sense. Steve Hartman reports.
(CBS) When Charles Murphy passed away late last year, he left behind his home and his Chrysler. But the most valuable possession of all was the license plate on the car.

“There’s every possibility that today, his plate will sell for more than his home will,” Butch Emmert of Emmert Auctions in Rehoboth, Del., told CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman.

Delaware, it seems, has a cult fascination with low-digit license plates - a fascination that translates into lots of dollars… but very little sense.

“There is no better investment in the United States today,” Emmert says. When asked he says, “I know it'll outperform the stock market.”

It all started over a century ago, when Delaware first started issuing plates - in numerical order. The wealthy people who got their cars first go the lowest numbers - and a status symbol was born.

Today, plate number “1” is reserved for the governor, “2” is for the lieutenant governor and “3” for the secretary of state. All the rest can be bought and sold on the open market. Plates with three and four digits often sell for thousands of dollars. A two digit plate can sell for tens of thousands.

“It's more important in Delaware to have a low number than to drive a Rolls Royce,” says Emmert.

The Fuscos are a family of commercial real estate brokers who have been collecting plates for 20 years.

“It all started back when my grandfather purchased number ‘9,’” says Frank Fusco. “That's when the hype began.”

Fusco says his grandfather paid nearly $200,000 for that tag back in 1994. They now own 17 plates valued at over $3 million.

At a special auction for the number “6,” the Fuscos are contenders, along with investment groups and Tim Ayres, a wealthy publisher. Ayres already owns number “11” and is betting on the bankability of number “6.”

“I think it would be a good investment, I really do," says Ayres.

In the end, plate number “11” goes to the Fuscos for a staggering $675,000.

Only in Delaware - where the right plate not only gives you license to drive - but to print money as well.
Same in CT

All plates 4 digits and less are reserved for the Commissioners use (discretion). BUT there are 3 sets (at least) of all these plates. But I htink the ones with leading 0's are just vanity plates that anyone canpay for and get.

There are many ones. The governor (official 1) a regular issue 1, the US Senate 1, The US House 1, Legislature 1, Commercial 1, Combination 1,

I don't know but maybe even trailer 1, and all the other plate registration catagories. So they could do this for all 4 digit plates. They definitely do this for vanity plates in at least 2 registration classifications. I know my RDSX plate and (probably all other 4 digit plates ) is in Combination and regular Passanger versions.

Here is a bit of trivia - I had a 4 digit plate and let it expire (it was sort the ultimate snob/vanity message) and no longer use it. Long story on how I got it. When they started this the Dems were in power so almost all 4 digit plates here under number 500 in CT are Dems. Then 20 years ago when the Reps took over there was a slow change to the ones that got turned in over to the Republican cronies and also the numbers over 500. The 3 digit numbers (or 4 with leading 0's are considered less "exclusive" and lower ranking cronies get them). People in the know can look at a plate and knowing the 4 digit number can decipher the party affiliation - a little silly after I thought about this and another reason I turne dmine in. But hey each to their own!
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