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license plate wanted
Plates shown above aren't from my collection – that's why they're on my want list!

Rick's Want List

License plates I'm seeking for my collection

 

On this page you'll find a rather long list of license plates that I'm seeking for my personal collection. 

New plates wanted were last added to the list on April 26, 2014.  This page was last updated on October 14, 2014. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page, other than the addition and removal of plates on my want list: 

  • May 11, 2009  –  Heavily revised the way the information on this page is arranged.  Converted page to XHTML 1.0 and CSS. 

I am always interested in any free license plates, regardless of country, state, type, age, or condition.

Introduction

Shown on this page is an extensive list of specific license plates that I'd like to add to my collection. 

My want list consists of plates that I know about.  It's always possible that there's a plate that I don't know exists, and therefore is not listed, that fits into some plate category that I collect.  If you know of any such plates, and especially if you have one to trade or sell, feel free to let me know about it. 

In any case, I'd rather trade than buy, if possible.  Please check out my trade box to see if I have anything you can use. 

Summary of license plates wanted, by general category

It's hard to summarize the categories of plates that I'm looking for, because for any given category that I collect, I frequently already have many or most of the specific plates in that category.  For example, I could tell you that I'm looking for 1959 passenger car plates, but really there are only a few that I don't yet already have. 

But, I'll take a stab at listing general categories of plates where there are many that I'm still wanting. 

Specific license plates wanted, by jurisdiction

United States

(I do not currently need any plates from Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah, or Wisconsin, unless they're free.) 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia  (Washington, D.C.)
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois

Years that are underlined and/or clickable are those for which I already have a plate, but want to find one in better condition.  Clicking the year will show you the one I've already got, so you can judge whether yours is better than mine or not.  If the year is underlined but not clickable, I don't have a photo available of the plate in my collection.  Years indicated with an asterisk (*) are those where I'm seeking a natural plate to replace a non-natural I already have for that year. 

For passenger car plates from 1979 forward, I only want rear plates with expiration stickers, and I strongly prefer natural expirations. 

Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland

Years that are underlined and/or clickable are those for which I already have a plate, but want to find one in better condition.  Clicking the year will show you the one I've already got, so you can judge whether yours is better than mine or not.  If the year is underlined but not clickable, I don't have a photo available of the plate in my collection.  Years indicated with an asterisk (*) are those where I'm seeking a natural plate to replace a non-natural I already have for that year.  For years indicated with a cross (†), I'm only looking for certain plates that meet the specific criteria indicated below. 

For passenger car plates from 1988 forward, I only want rear plates with expiration stickers, and I strongly prefer naturals. 

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania

Years that are underlined and/or clickable are those for which I already have a plate, but want to find one in better condition.  Clicking the year will show you the one I've already got, so you can judge whether yours is better than mine or not.  If the year is underlined but not clickable, I don't have a photo available of the plate in my collection.  Years indicated with an asterisk (*) are those where I'm seeking a natural plate to replace a non-natural I already have for that year.  For years indicated with a cross (†), I'm only looking for certain plates that meet the specific criteria indicated below. 

Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Vermont
Washington (state)
Washington, D.C.

(See District of Columbia, above.) 

West Virginia
Wyoming
Outlying U.S. territories
American Samoa
Canal Zone
Guam
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Other countries
Nigeria
Philippines

If you think you've got a plate that I might want

Have license plates you'd just like to just get rid of?

I love getting free license plates!  Free ones don't have to be on my want list or in any particular condition; I'll gladly take whatever you have.  Obviously, totally free plates are the best, but I don't mind paying shipping costs or traveling to pick up free plates, assuming of course that it's worthwhile to do so.  For example, it doesn't make sense for me to reimburse you for the $3 it might cost you to mail me a single plate, or to burn a gallon of gas to pick up a single plate locally, if I don't need it for my own collection and it's only worth $1.  But send me an e-mail and let me know what you have and where you're located, and I'll see if there's any way to make it work for both of us.  I live and work in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area. 

Want to trade license plates?

I'm always interested in working out a trade if possible.  However, for it to be worthwhile for both of us, you've got to find something in my trade box that you can use, and you also have to have something that I want.  I'm really not interested in trading to acquire plates that aren't on my want list. 

Have one or more plates you'd like to sell?

Mostly, I'm just interested in buying plates that are on my want list.  However, my willingness to buy will vary, depending on the condition and price of the plate, how much money I have in my license plate budget at the time, and how high of a priority acquiring that particular plate is for me.  Please realize that I have a rather limited budget, and so I'm not necessarily able to actually buy some of the more valuable plates listed at this time.  Nor would I probably be able to buy large numbers of reasonably priced plates all at once.  But if you have something that's on my list that you're willing to part with, try me, I might just be interested. 

Sometimes I will buy a group of plates that includes some plates I want and some that I don't.  Very occassionally, I might buy a group of plates that contains nothing I want for my collection.  In such cases, however, I'll only even considering buying them if I can get them for a very good price. 

Please also read the Face-to-face transactions and Long-distance transactions sections below, as applicable. 

If you have plates that you would like me to help you sell, that's an entirely different conversation.  In that case, please send me an e-mail with specifics.  Let me know the approximate quantity, age, and condition of the plates, and what state(s) they may be mostly from; please also give me a general idea where the plates are presently located. 

Face-to-face transactions

I live and work in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area.  I also periodically drive to the Baltimore, Maryland area, so if you're located anywhere reasonably between those two cities and aren't in a hurry, we might be able to meet the next time I pass through.  Or, if you're going to be at a license plate collectors' event in the mid-Atlantic or southeastern U.S., I might also be planning to attend the same event. 

Doing business in person offers some advantages if it's at all practical.  If neither of us have to go too far out of our way, one or both of us can save money by not having to pay for postage, PayPal fees, etc.  There are no worries of plates getting lost or damaged in the mail.  I get to physically see the plates before we finalize the deal, and you can either see the plates you're getting in trade, or get paid in cash.  There's no risk of only one of us holding up our end of the deal.  For these reasons, I'm much more willing to buy from or trade with someone I don't know if we can do it in person. 

Long-distance transactions

I don't buy or trade long distance with just anyone.  Frankly, I'm not going to just mail a check to someone I've never heard of, and hope that they will send me the license plate they say they have. 

In order for me to trade with you or buy from you via mail, you need to be someone I can implicitly trust.  Therefore, you need to be either someone I know personally, a fellow ALPCA member, someone otherwise well-known and respected in the license plate collecting community, or an eBay seller with a nearly perfect feedback percentage.  If the only criteria you meet is that you're an eBay seller, then the transaction would need to be done through eBay. 

If you don't meet any of the critiera above, and you don't live in a place where we could arrange to meet, then it still might not be out of the question.  I do travel to other places besides Baltimore on occasion.  Also, I know people all over the U.S. and in a number of other countries.  If you're reasonably close to one of them, I might be able to have that person handle the transaction on my behalf. 

If we're trading, and the trade is roughly balanced in terms of number of plates, then you pay to mail yours to me, and I'll pay to mail mine to you.  If the trade isn't balanced, then we'll need to work something else out with regard to postage.  If I'm buying from you, I'll pay actual postage plus a reasonable handling charge, if any, for plates I buy.  If at all possible, I prefer cheap and slow shipping over expensive and fast shipping.  For postage calcultion purposes, my zip code is 27527. 

Contact me

If after reading all of this, you still think you've got a plate or a group of plates that I might be interesed in, please contact me via e-mail and let me know what you have in mind.  Please clarify whether you're offering me free plates, want to sell plates to me, want my help in selling your plates, or want to trade plates with me.  If you want to sell me your plates, it would be very helpful if you would indicate how much you're asking for them.  For anything other than free plates, if you possibly can, please attach to the e-mail a digital photo or two of the plates you'd like me to consider.  In any case, please give me a general idea of where you're located – your state, your metropolitan area, or whatever. 

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Page credits

Thanks to those who have directly contributed to the information on this page:  Paul Casadonte, John Perez, Sergio La Camera, Ed Burr, Randy Babcock, and Kenneth Best. 

Perez, La Camera, Collin, Sells, Babcock, and Best photographs are presumed to be copyrighted by John Perez, Sergio La Camera, Jean-Marc Collin, Mike Sells, Randy Babcock, and Kenneth Best, respectively, and are used with permission.  Casadonte, Harris, Vander Heide, and Burr plates are from the collections of Paul Casadonte, Buddy Harris, Lee Vander Heide, and Ed Burr, respectively. 


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