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…we made it!!…what’s another 750 mile joy ride with the Plate Princess to wheel and deal more license plates?!…the annual ALPCA license plate collectors convention this year is in Hampton, VA…so we loaded up about 10,000 license plates in Lakeland Sunday morning and made it here in time for dinner last night!…I keep reminding her […] read more
In early April, as Spring was springing and we were shaking off some of the Covid-crazies, we received an email from Cynthia Kindgren in Rockford, Illinois…she asked if we’d be interested in her recently-deceased brother’s collection of taxi cab license plates…over the years we’ve had several folks describe their available collections to us, including military, […] read more
…on our recent plate excursion to Italy and Malta, we not only enjoyed the beautiful Greek and Roman heritage sites, we saw LOTS of plates!…including the 111 and the 888 on May 18th…note the new plate size, the police plate, and even a taxi cab plate on a horse drawn carriage ( we only walked […] read more
Over the years we’ve been fortunate to ‘electronically’ meet some very nice plate collectors around the world…one such gentleman is Margus K., President of the Official Corvette Club of Estonia!…not only does Margus love Corvettes, he is an avid plate enthusiast as well…just witness his garage wall in Estonia!…in these troubling times Margus can still […] read more
Dolly Parton didn’t make it, but about 100 other serious plate collectors did…Ray Mauer from Kentucky and Cyndi McCabe (ALPCA President) had a chance to visit, while others simply wanted to troll the goods!…a well-run event on a beautiful weekend, with incredibly delicious homemade food provided by the local women’s auxiliary raised high school scholarship […] 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
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
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
…in 2013 Katie began working with Great American Plates, uploading plates for sale to our website…since then she has processed thousands of plates, in addition to keeping our records up-to-date, scrounging around town for more plate stashes, and refereeing marital plate disputes…she is currently training a new ‘temp’ to lighten her load…look familiar?!…we rewarded Katie’s […] read more
…to continue our commitment to social distancing, a few days ago we drove solo from Lakeland to Knoxville (650 miles) to inspect an incredible collection of Tennessee license plates, along with a large number of other state plates…about 2,250 in all…included were three  complete sets of TN plates, including one 1915!!…it will take several days […] read more
In 2004 when we launched Great American Plates, we were fortunate to engage the services of Jeffry Bates, our one and only Web Master. With the help of his brother, George, he capitalized on all of the limited technology available at the time and crafted a visually impressive and functionally efficient launch pad for this […] read more