Texas A&M 12th Man Plate Auction
The 12th Hour for the 12th Man. More than 250 Texans have registered interest in bidding on the one and only 12THMAN license plate in Texas. Aggie fans and former students can register for the MyPlates.com 12THMAN Auction at www.myplates.com/12THMAN. Bidding is open now through September 12th.
This is first time, and possibly the last time, Texas A&M University and MyPlates.com will auction the right to display the one and only 12THMAN license plate.
The auction is online only, and bidding is now underway and ends at noon on September 12, 2013 – two days prior to the Aggies’ SEC showdown with defending national champion Alabama at Kyle Field.
Proceeds from the MyPlates.com 12THMAN Auction benefit Texas A&M University and the General Revenue Fund of Texas. My Plates is donating its share to the University.
We say this could be the last time the plate is offered because 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.
The plate has never been available before because only six letters were allowed on personalized plates in Texas until 2011. When the State made seven letters available, MyPlates.com reserved the plate message 12THMAN for auction, understanding such a highly sought-after plate has tremendous potential to raise money for the State of Texas and Texas A&M University.
“The 12th Man is a cornerstone of Texas A&M, and we are very excited to participate in this historic opportunity. There is a lot of buzz among our former students and loyal fans about the 12th Man plate, and it would not surprise me if this auction surpasses the current $25,000 record for the highest price paid for a Texas license plate. With proceeds benefiting Texas A&M and the State of Texas, Aggies will know the plate will have an impact,” said Texas A&M Senior Associate Athletics Director Jason Cook.
The top four highest priced plates ever sold in Texas were the 7-letter plates HOUSTON for $25,000, ROCKETS for $16,500, FERRARI for $15,000, and COWBOYS for $11,500. All were sold at auction.
As a special honor, A&M will 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 14th.
Since November 2009, Texans have purchased more than 156,000 My Plates, putting more than $18.4M in the general revenue fund, which helps pay for services for all Texans. Texas A&M-related proceeds from My Plates have supported championship opportunities for Aggie student-athletes, both in the classroom and in competition, as well as funding for the Corps of Cadets and the Bonfire Memorial.