Plymouth Number Plate Auction Results
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth 400 Inc.’s auction of commemorative license plates raised $106,050 to benefit the town’s birthday celebration in 2020.
The minimum bid for most plates was $500. For the lower numbers and numbers associated with historical Mayflower dates, the minimum was $1,000.
The plates numbered 1 and 1620 each went for $10,000.
The next top 10 plate numbers by bid:
$3,500 for number 12.
$3,100 for number 5.
$2,800 for number 19.
$2,700 for number 2.
$2,500 for numbers 11 and 2020.
$2,000 for numbers 3, 8, 9 and 10.
The plate number 1627 – a significant date in Pilgrim history and one that is associated with Plimoth Plantation, sold for just $550.
The minimum bid was not received for plate numbers 1623, 1824, 1863, 1920 and 1957, all of which have historical associations.
No one bid on Lou Gehrig’s number, number 4, either. Other low numbers still available are 36, 41, 49, 66, 89, 93 and 94.
Plymouth 400 Inc. said commemorative license plates are still available for general purchase through all Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles full-service branches or online.
The plates have a $40 purchase fee; $28 of that goes directly to Plymouth 400. Each time the plate is renewed, Plymouth 400 will receive the full $40 fee.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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