Vintage License Plates
So many different ways to get your Vintage License Plates!
Vintage license plates were in existence even before the 1900s, making them an extremely valuable collector's item. Amongst these items, as a rule of thumb, vintage license plates that are from the pre-1969 period have greater value. But getting your hands on original pieces may be difficult, as not many people consider vintage license plates as valuable items.
Due to their rarity, vintage license plates are usually expensive, so if you get a good bargain, firstly check if the item is authentic and if satisfied, buy it immediately. Even if you don?t want to use it for your own collection, you can always sell or auction it off. Keep in mind that license plates from trucks or heavy vehicles are not generally collected for their value.
Like most other collectible hobbies, you need to decide on the category of vintage license plates that you wish to collect. This is usually dependent on the time period the license plate belongs to, though make can also be a factor. Once you have decided category, you will need to do some research about it, so that you can easily spot authentic pieces.
After you have enough research under your belt, you need to find out all the possible places where you can buy vintage license plates. This is the slightly difficult part, as most classic car dealers might be unwilling to part with authentic license plates alone, as this may reduce the value of the cars. You could try scrap metal dealers, or car compacters, as they sometimes store license plates. Antique shops, flea markets or vintage car auctions are also good places where you can expand your network.
Joining collector groups over the Internet is a great way to share information about vintage license plates, as well as to buy and sell them. Many online stores, such as eBay, also offer collectors a platform to sell vintage license plates. For proper pricing, use the book "License Plate Values" by Bob and Chuck Chrisler, as a pricing guide.
When buying vintage license plates, make sure they are in good condition. Rusty, scratched or deformed vintage license plates are not of much value among collectors. If you are really passionate about collecting vintage license plates you might want to become a member of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA). The ALPCA has regular meets for its members and you can exchange information about your hobby with other collectors. The ALPCA has a website for its members and they even have a section for those who are new to the hobby of collecting vintage license plates.