My Plates to auction 28 unique official Texas license plate numbers reflecting the year these respective Colleges were established.
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19 April, 2017 (Austin, TX) – If you’re a die-hard fan of your alma mater, then you’d be able to easily state the year your college or university was established. College students and graduates in the United Sates are passionate about their school and it is this emotion that My Plates is hoping to capture and attract high bids for their latest license plate auction.

 The College Origins Auction will be conducted online and run until May 3rd, 2017. There are 28 lots featuring unique license plate number years, the earliest established date being 1785 for the University of Georgia to the more current, 1935 for the Kilgore Rangerettes.

Even though there are only 28 lots, there are potentially 34 schools that can bid in this auction, all with an officially licensed collegiate branded product in the My Plates program. Five of the available lots have more than one college or university that reflects the year they were established. Hence, alumni from those schools will be fiercely competing head to head against one another to secure the rights to that special year for their alma mater. 

The plate messages with competing years are:

  1. 1869 – University of Nebraska and Purdue University
  2. 1876 – Texas A&M University and the University of Colorado
  3. 1885 – Georgia Tech and Arizona State University
  4. 1890 – North Texas University, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University
  5. 1923 – Texas Tech University and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Within the battle of the competing schools there are two Texas based schools going head to head, the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs the SFA Lumberjacks. It will be interesting to see which of these proud Texas schools will hold the rights to 1923.

The College Origins Auction will also be delivering real monetary benefit. Not only will the proceeds add additional revenue to what’s already been delivered to the State of Texas from a contract with My Plates, $52M and counting, it could also support college scholarships. If bid winners put their lot message on a My Plates’ collegiate plate, My Plates will donate 20% of the final sale price to support scholarships to those institutions for Texas students.

“Supporting the leaders of tomorrow through scholarships is very important to My Plates and we’re very pleased to be able to assist” said Steve Farrar, President of My Plates.

Unlike other everyday Texas license plate messages, plate messages sold at auction by My Plates are legally transferable. Meaning the plate owner has the right to sell the plate message to another person (with the same ongoing rights), or gift it to a family member or friend. Transferability also means these plates could make great investments.

All plate messages within this auction come with a 5-year term, and have an opening bid of only $500, with no reserve beyond that. If only the opening bid has been received when the auction closes, that will be the final and winning bid!

My Plates College Origin Auction will end Wednesday, 05-03-17 at 8:00 pm. People interested in the auction can visit for more information and to view the complete list of plates for sale.

Some Previous Auction Results:

  • 12THMAN sold for $115,000, September 2013 making it the most expensive plate in Texas.
  • ALAMO was sold for $10,250 in March 2016.
  • DALLAS sold for $7,250 in March 2014.
  • 12 sold for $6,250 in November 2016.
  • XXXXXXX sold for $3,500 in March 2017.


My Plates designs and markets new specialty license plates as a vendor for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Texans have bought more than 300,000 My Plates since November 2009, putting more than $52M in the state general revenue fund. My Plates’ goal is to create a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship designed to maximize revenues for the state through the sale of My Plates specialty plates.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) serves protects and advances the citizens and industries in the state with quality motor vehicle related services. For every $1 it spends, the TxDMV returns $11 to the state. The agency currently registers 24 million vehicles; issues more than 7 million vehicle titles; licenses more than 38,000 motor vehicle dealers and distributors; credentials nearly 60,000 motor carriers; issues more than 800,000 oversize/overweight permits; investigates more than 15,000 complaints against dealers and motor carriers; and awards grants to law enforcement agencies to reduce vehicle burglaries and thefts. Learn more at

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