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It is hard to imagine that a matched set of 1934 Michigan plates are that rare.  I'm sure having the original window sticker with the plate number on it is quite rare but how much of a premium is that worth?  Plus they're repainted instead of original... 

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Plus they're repainted instead of original...  That is a problem !!

 

I would be all over any Wisconsin plates 1905-1911 for that price.  But they HAVE to be original paint

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They don't look repainted to me, but I agree...way overpriced except maybe to that specialty collector that feels the sticker and bag add substantial value.

Scott

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They don't look repainted to me, but I agree...way overpriced except maybe to that specialty collector that feels the sticker and bag add substantial value.

Scott

The other pair of plates that the seller has look to be repainted.

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He says in the description that they are repainted.  To a license plate collector, a repainted plate is like a 1909 s vdb penny that is all shined up.

 It highly devalues the piece from a collector point of view.

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They are rare just like most cars are barn finds. It is jargon that no longer has any integrity! Wayne

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Oops. Guess I missed that in the description. The picture looked to be original paint.

You mean I've been devaluing my coin collection by using the buffer???

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I found my 1939 plates for $35. A person can ask whatever they want. If there are no other 1942 plates like that on eBay and he's in no hurry to sell, might as well start high I guess.

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Many years ago I was offered a Phantom III RR for a very reasonably price... dictated by the fact that it had a rod knock. I was tempted, but decided I wasn't going to wrestle with a PIII engine (a complicated V12 with a reputation for very expensive difficulties). The car had the registration number FLY111 and the original owner had been a WWI flying officer. The car was sold, and the new owner sold the plate for slightly less than he paid for the whole car... and then hired me to fix the engine.

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When I went to Iola in 2005 there was a booth selling many matched sets of plates from many different years. Not all were perfect but certainly serviceable. I bought a set of Illinois 1952 for $15.00

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Why is it such a big deal to have a matching set? Weren't they issued in pairs? If they were saved back in 35 you would expect both to be saved. Also,hasn't it been discussed that you can't legally refinish license plates as it's considered defacing?

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Its all relative   come to taxachussets my truck is $450 for a stupid 2 cent sticker !

 

In my books anything 1933 or 34 is big bucks.  So here that 1934 $700 plates will be

a vanity plate, and you pay $100 for one foolish sticker.  v/s a regular antique plate

are $50   And these crooks, example my plate on a 85 Lincoln handed down from

my grandfather being 9000's  4 digit number issued around 1906 my father said, and

I gotta pay $100 again for a sticker. They got no mercy.  You reading this Gov Baker?

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Also,hasn't it been discussed that you can't legally refinish license plates as it's considered defacing?

 

 

Just like taxes, insurance and other items, license plate and vehicle registration laws (plus rules about titles, transfer) vary from state to state.

 

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1585_1595_52364-205712--,00.html

 

Michigan indicates Authentic License plates registered to a Historic Vehicle "must display the correct colors for year of issuance". 

 

But no where does it indicate the plates cannot be repainted. 

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Slightly off topic, but I went to an "estate sale" for a man who refurbished license plates.  I was thrilled to find a North Carolina 1965 plate in decent shape that was already primered for $5. My husband and I painted it to the colors in '65 and gave it to my father in law for for Christmas for his 1965 Econoline pickup.

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Why is it such a big deal to have a matching set?

In some states/provinces where one is able to register YOM plates as 'antique' plates, you MUST have both plates, front & rear. 

 

Craig

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The license plates that were on President Kennedys limo when he was assassinated in Dallas recenty sold at auction for $100k. Now that's an expensive set of license plates!

Terry

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Why is it such a big deal to have a matching set? Weren't they issued in pairs? If they were saved back in 35 you would expect both to be saved. Also,hasn't it been discussed that you can't legally refinish license plates as it's considered defacing?

The practice has often been that when the plates were expired, guys would nail up a license plate on their garage wall as some sort of decorative souvenir . No need to be redundant, so the second plate was thrown away. That also explains why the one plate that survived ended up with so many extra holes.

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I bought and resold a collection of about 4,000 license plates around 10 years ago. The license plate collectors: https://www.alpca.org/ really didn't care about pairs. Pairs were desired by owners using Year Of Manufacture plates for their personal cars.

 

The guy on Ebay has sold a couple but $60 is his high sale so far. I remember getting a couple hundred for a Mass plate with a cod fish on it and maybe a little more for some early leather ones.

 

I think if you wait a few years there should be some former New York State politicians with some license plate making experience that could do a real professional restoration.

 

People do notice them. I took a ride up to Utica for a Buick/Cadillac get together in my '60 and got the "Hey, those are Utica plates". Then I was at a small town post office and the Post Mistress told me a guy was looking my '94 Impala over. He walked in the door all smiles and said "Neat license frame!" It says NCC-1701.

 

Oh, I asked my Daughter if money from selling old license plates would be appropriate to use for her sorority dues. That was a dumb question.

Bernie

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Here in Oklahoma an old plate like YOM cannot be registered if refinished even though it is the correct colors. It must be original finish. So, the 52 plate I registered has a little rust on the edges and the white letters and numbers are a little faded and the black background is dull. 

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