More than 250 Texas A&M fans and alumni have registered their interest in taking part in the month-long process, which concludes at noon on Sept. 12. Proceeds from the auction will benefit A&M and the General Revenue Fund of Texas, with the winning bidder recognized during the team’s Sept. 14 game in College Station against top-ranked Alabama.
Because personalized plates in Texas were limited to six letters until 2011, this marks the first time the “12THMAN” phrase has been available on a state-issued plate. Interested participants can register for the auction at www.myplates.com/12THMAN.
Organizers are hoping to establish a record for highest purchase price on a personalized plate. The four highest-priced plates sold in Texas, all during similar auctions, were for plates bearing the phrases “HOUSTON” ($25,000), “ROCKETS” ($16,500), “FERRARI” ($15,000) and “COWBOYS” ($11,500).
The winning bidder will own the plate for a 10-year team, with first option on renewal after that.
_ Jimmy Burch