Monday, July 1, 2013 , Updated 11:37 a.m., September 11, 2013
UPDATED: Someone with deep pockets will win Texas A&M’s “12THMAN” license plate
Bidding ends September 12, just two days before the highly-anticipated A&M vs. Alabama game.
Texas A&M sports fans, and in particular football fanatics, have never had a hard time showing their Aggie pride through everything from jerseys and shirts to singing the War Hymn in unsuspecting places of business.
The trend for modern motorists now includes customized licensed plates, and the Aggie fans have used this avenue as another way to show their fandom.
They’ll have a chance to take it to the next level as the school announced Monday that the first ever 12THMAN Texas A&M license plate will be sold. A&M is teaming up with MyPlates.com to auction off the one-of-a-kind plate.
The auction will take place online with bidding starting on August 12 and ending September 12, just two days before the much anticipated Texas A&M-Alabama game at Kyle Field on September 14.
Want an idea of what the plate may cost you? The most expensive plate ever sold in Texas read HOUSTON and sold for $25,000 in January. Get your checkbooks and loans prepared now because rabid A&M fans are sure to one-up this highest paid amount.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit Texas A&M University and the General Revenue Fund of Texas.
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“The 12th Man tradition at Texas A&M dates back to 1922 and signifies the loyalty and selfless service that is embodied by Aggies everywhere,” said Texas A&M Senior Associate Athletics Director Jason Cook. “As a special honor, we’ll present the 12THMAN license plate to the My Plates auction winner in front of nearly 90,000 fans during the Texas A&M vs. Alabama game September 14.”
The Aggie fan who wins this auction will surely be the talk of the town with the most noticeable license plate in all of Aggieland.
This is the first time 12THMAN has ever been available on a Texas license plate, and it could be the last. The winner of the MyPlates.com 12THMAN Auction wins this plate for a 10-year term, with first dibs on renewing the plate after that. The winner also has full rights to transfer or sell the plate to someone else.
By law, only a Texas license plate sold at auction by My Plates can be transferred. However, if the winner of the 12THMAN plate chooses never to sell and instead hand the plate on to heirs, the plate might never be available again.
Before 2011, only six-letter plates were allowed; when seven became available, My Plates jumped on the opportunity to save some seven-letter combinations and keep them for auction at a later date.
A&M fans and former students have a chance at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by registering at www.myplates.com/12THMAN.
UPDATE: MyPlates.com reports that after 27 hours of bidding -- and 29 days left to go -- the highest bid was $30,500. That's higher than the HOUSTON plate, which went for $25,000 in January.
The auction is online only.
UPDATE x2: The bidding is now at $35,000 according to a story on dallasnews.com.