License plate collecting with the Wizard

March 5th, 2015 at 2:53:58 PM permalink
Wizard
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2 hours to go and the auction is at $405. I'm tempted to up my bid. I'm quite sure I'll never see one of these for sale again.
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March 5th, 2015 at 3:43:39 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Is it a "licence plate" It seemed to function more like a "badge" to identify foreign vehicles. The good shape of the paint in the American flag gives me pause regarding whether or not it is in original condition. Supposedly, the plate is almost 30 years old, but the steel around the mounting holes looks rust free.
March 5th, 2015 at 7:16:59 PM permalink
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It closed for $1267, which was much more than my max bid.

Quote: Ayecarumba
Is it a "licence plate" It seemed to function more like a "badge" to identify foreign vehicles. The good shape of the paint in the American flag gives me pause regarding whether or not it is in original condition. Supposedly, the plate is almost 30 years old, but the steel around the mounting holes looks rust free.


I would argue that a license plate pretty much is a numbered badge for a car. I think it may have been made of aluminum, which would explain the lack of rust. The nice condition of the flag does look a little fishy. I suspect the flag is a sticker and perhaps not the first one to be put on that plate.
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March 5th, 2015 at 8:13:10 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Wizard
It closed for $1267, which was much more than my max bid.


I had a collector on Ebay pay $4500 for
a Civil War telegraph key that I got in
a box of keys for $20. Collectors have
a screw loose.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
March 9th, 2015 at 7:38:24 PM permalink
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Somebody doing an article about me asked for picture of my collection. Here is what I sent him, taken earlier today. These are some of my best plates as measured by a combination of financial value, sentimental value, and appearance.

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March 9th, 2015 at 8:14:26 PM permalink
Evenbob
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I see most of these plates are odd sizes, almost
no 'regular' size plates. Is that on purpose?
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March 9th, 2015 at 8:44:48 PM permalink
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Quote: Evenbob
I see most of these plates are odd sizes, almost
no 'regular' size plates. Is that on purpose?


No. Foreign plates usually are odd sizes and many of those plates are foreign. Before about 1956, there was no consistent license plate size in the US. The really old ones, dating to the early days of cars, tended to be quite big and heavy, made of porcelain on steel. The oddest size is probably the red California motorcycle plate, which is curved, to fit over the front wheel cover.
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March 9th, 2015 at 9:05:17 PM permalink
rxwine
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Should put that hamster in a little car with a license plate on it. (license HAMSTER 1)
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March 9th, 2015 at 9:27:43 PM permalink
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Quote: rxwine
Should put that hamster in a little car with a license plate on it. (license HAMSTER 1)


I was wondering if anybody would notice that. Actually, she is a guinea pig.
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March 9th, 2015 at 10:05:33 PM permalink
rxwine
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Oh, license "Pig 1"
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