Bumper Bytes

…one of our previous GAP BBs highlighted the Houghtlin Family license plate collection mounted on the porch rafter of their NC cabin…each member has a birth state and date plate of their own…and with the birth of Jack George Curtis, the family bumper now hosts 11 plates!…what a great tradition Mark and Chrisann have continued…we’re […] read more
Leaving on a balmy day in Florida, traveling to Leominster, MA for the Colonial Region’s ALPCA meet was a leap of faith, weather-wise…but we had three Cambridge-based stockholders who would not be denied!…even with a little bit of winter sleet to cool things down…the meet was a record-maker, complete with a museum collection sale, a […] read more
This past week the Plate Princess and I traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to stroll through some of the 5,500 acres of the Hershey Fairgrounds property to enjoy the Classic Car Show and the Giant Automobile Parts Flea Market…she lasted about four hours worth of license plate scrounging, which is about what it took for us […] read more
During the past 15 years we’ve had the pleasure of talking with many nice folks we’ve never even personally met…one such gentleman is Jon B., our newest friend from Fairport, NY….at 88 Jon decided to reduce his inventory of collectibles, choosing to give up his license plates instead of his personally restored MIG fighter jet…it […] read more
WOW!…meet Winburn’s 1956 MG…her Uncle Bob passed it on to her and she anxiously wanted a pair of 1956 VA plates to commemorate the gift…it took us a while to find a great set, but now her only problem is trying to figure out how to mount the front plate!…any suggestions would be welcomed! read more
Congratulations to our New Zealand license plate friend, Terry McKeown!…he patiently worked with us as he assembled a beautiful 1962 US plate collection….he then mounted the plates and framed them very neatly for a colorful display…all managed at a distance of over 8,000 miles!…cheers, Terry. read more
Yes, it’s that time again!…finally, an in-person international ALPCA license plate collectors’ convention!…our 16 year-old grandson, Cayman, and I are headed to Covington, KY to buy (surely), sell (hopefully) or trade (maybe) some of our 12,000 license plates…CJ is ‘in training’ to become the future CEO of Great American Plates, and you can see the […] read more
…my wife and I live in a home here in Central Florida that was built in 1925…as most older homes in Florida, it is raised off the ground to allow for air circulation for cooling…when we bought it, I decided to crawl under it and see what ‘treasures’ I could find!…a lot of contractor trash, […] read more
Our newest license plate collector from Villelaure, France, Damien D., just received his first order from Great American Plates, and was so satisfied with it he displayed it at the front of his wife’s car around her French license plate!…might he have been trying to garner her support for his new hobby?!…tres bien, Damien read more
Rick K. of Pennsylvania waited and waited for his dream car, and he found it!…a beautiful two-door Chevrolet 396 Super Sport…it only lacked a pristine 1966 PA tag to get it on the road, so he contacted GAP and had us overnight our best one!…the lipstick red shows it off rather nicely, don’t you think?!…boys […] read more
With two shots in my arm and the unmitigated support of my wife and our pups, I arose yesterday at 4:00 am and headed to the Tampa airport for a 6:00 am flight to Charlotte, where I rented a car and drove to Easley, SC to visit with our new GAP license plate friend, Wanda […] read more
In our role as the Mortician of Motoring Memories, there is no limit to the effort to which we will go to acquire interesting and collectible license plates for our friends and customers! For example, while scanning ads for ‘in person only’ auctions (our favorites because they’re usually small, in remote locations, and in this crazy Covid time, easy to […] read more