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California Black Plates

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rokkett77, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. So, does anyone out there know what the going rate for a set of vintage CA black plates is these days? I need to know how big of a schmuck I am for not grabbing a few sets today. I went to the Hydromatic show today and there was a guy in the swap meet area that had a box full of these things.
    Thanks Guys.
  2. Swifster
    Joined: Dec 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,449


    Not worth much unless you have a matched set.
  3. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,171


    Weekly swap meet in New Milford, Ct. had a set this morning with 63 if my memory is correct stamped in the sticker area. Nice black with yellow letters, $425.00 seamed high to me, but what do I know? Bob
  4. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,343


    Depends on the condition, and which black plates. '63 black plates versus '29 Pneumatic Commercial black plates, big difference.

  5. Most of them were matching I think. The guy wanted $15 a piece

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  6. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,343


    If they are matched pairs, go buy them all!
  7. The lesson learned here is ALWAYS take more than $20 to a swap meet whether you can afford it or not. The plates were the '63 style but were a bit beat up but nothing too bad. I just need to figure out where my step- dad put his old CA black and 70s blue plates at. Those were mint and matching sets.

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  8. rusty63c10
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 87


    am i retarded? what plates are you talking about? pics?
  9. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Just took me about five relist's to sell an NOS 1963 Kentucky tag for $25.00 on eBay.
  10. waterhorse
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 138


    California license plates, black background with yellow lettering from the 1960s.
  11. I paid a buck and a half for mine!!
  12. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,225

    from nor cal

    $425.00? The guys still asleep because he's definitely dreaming.
    The going price for a set of black plates that are DMV clear is around $100. It addition to the black plate you also need the correct year registration sticker to go along with the plates, unless your car is a 63.
  13. Bad Daddy
    Joined: Nov 13, 2010
    Posts: 829

    Bad Daddy

    A guy in Connecticut was selling California plates for $425? Cant see much of a market for them there that would warrant such a high price.
  14. Seems pretty high for CA plates at a CT swap.
  15. Check out He has a nice set of '63 black plates for $325.
  16. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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  17. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 6,002


  18. Are people actually paying those amounts for those plates? If so, then Holy crap.
  19. Well, if they are, I had better break out all of the sets I have from living there and sell!
  20. Veronyn
    Joined: Aug 8, 2013
    Posts: 22

    from kansas

    Those plates are sharp, you should have grabbed them for $15. Maybe he will be back again next week, or however often you have the swap meets. Usually you get guys just trying to get rid of stuff anyway. Man, what a shoulda woulda coulda moment :)
  21. 1EvilPaul
    Joined: Sep 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    Hey man if there MINT and mean a lot to you. Pay the $400 to $600 range. If you were to find ones elsewhere, the plates are not in those price ranges. Its because there California plates.
  22. amadeus
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 321


    probably not much now that CA DMV is reproducing them...
    Unless of course you have to have Original Plates. ..

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  23. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,877

    Special Ed

    You live in Toledo and yet you say: "Holy crap"?!? :confused: How many chances a day do you have the opportunity to yell "HOLY TOLEDO!!!!" ?????? :eek:
  24. jcapps
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 473

    from SoCal

    Sets are worth nothing if not DMV cleared
  25. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,082

    from California

  26. Lol. Not nearly as often as one would think. When we do, its usually after we nail a crater of a pothole and is followed by some kind of expletive.
  27. 94hoghead
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,290


    Mine aren't Cali tags. but I bought a set of 1967 Texas plates for my Camaro for $13......
  28. michaelthe9
    Joined: Jun 9, 2004
    Posts: 260


    I paid $500ish for near perfect pair of '51 California plates (black with fat yellow digits). They are 5 digit and when I saw them they were a must-have. For a pair of '62 plates (yellow with skinny black digits) still in their envelope with a super clean '62 sticker, I paid $300somptin'. Those were also a must have because they had XYZ on them. Both sets are in service on my rides and look super cool. I know it sounds really expensive but if you need them, might as well get nice ones.
  29. RustyNCA
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 406


    That's assuming that program goes.... It's like two years out isn't it?

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