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Rick's Trade Box

Expired Virginia license plates available for trade or sale

 

This page features expired Virginia license plates that I'm offering for trade or sale. 

New plates were last added on April 22, 2017.  This page was last updated on August 14, 2017. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page, other than the addition and removal of plates in my trade box: 

  • January 4, 2016  –  Split the Virginia plates for trade or sale out to this page from the main trade/sale page.  Increased most shipping charges due to upcoming postage rate hikes. 
  • September 18, 2015  –  Changed method of determinining shipping charges from the actual postage amount, which varied for each plate depending on weight, to fixed amounts based on the quantity of plates.  Changed text to encourage, rather than discourage, inquiries about the availability of plates not shown on this page. 

Introduction

These real, expired license plates are for collecting purposes only, and are not legal for street use on any vehicle, except possibly in some specific cases under state Year of Manufacture laws.  I make no claim that any of these license plates qualify for Year of Manufacture use. 

Please note that, while I do enjoy trades, trading usually only makes sense to me if you can offer something in trade that's on my want list.  Otherwise, there's no point.  I would only be trading plates I don't want for different plates I don't want.  If you have nothing on my want list, you're welcome to buy what you want instead. 

Please note that this is not some fancy e-commerce online store where you can put items in a "shopping cart" and then "check out" and pay, all in one visit.  You will need to make a list of the items you want, and then send that list and your zip code or country to me in an e-mail, so that I can verify that the plates you want are still available and give you a final price to pay and payment instructions. 

All plates shown are the actual plates you will receive, except possibly in a few cases that are specifically noted otherwise.  Click on any thumbnail image below to see a larger photo of that plate. 

(There's no sigificance to the different color prices.  It's just a way for me to keep better track of my inventory.) 

Expired Virginia license plates available for trade or sale

DateTypeSerialGradePriceImageComments
1940 passenger car 61-616 good $30 click to enlarge Cool palindrome number!  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1942 passenger car 338-929 good minus $12 click to enlarge Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1942 passenger car 453-302 fair plus $8 click to enlarge Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1944 passenger car 453-724 very good, very good $75 for pair click to enlarge
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1944 Virginia plates were made of embossed fiberboard.  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".  Selling as a pair only. 
1945 passenger car 153-973 very good minus $50 click to enlarge Only single plates, not pairs, were issued in 1945.  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1946 passenger car 115-811 very good minus $60 click to enlarge Only single plates, not pairs, were issued in 1946.  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1946 passenger car 191-021 fair $30 click to enlarge Only single plates, not pairs, were issued in 1946.  Torn upper left bolt hole.  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8". 
1947 passenger car 432-215 fair, fair plus $45 for pair click to enlarge
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1947 Virginia plates were made of unpainted aluminum.  Enlarged and cracked lower right bolt hole on top plate.  Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".  Selling as a pair only. 
1948 city strip 2389 very good minus $40 click to enlarge Portsmouth city tax supplemental plate. 
1951 passenger car 752-102 fair (xh) $5 click to enlarge Extra hole between the bottoms of the "1" and "0" in the plate number. 
1953 passenger car 244-329 good $15 click to enlarge
1953 truck T219-082 very good plus $25 click to enlarge
1954 passenger car 468-238 fair plus $8 click to enlarge
1956 passenger car 339-490 good $10 click to enlarge
1957 passenger car 431-048 good minus $8 click to enlarge
1958 passenger car 199-544 good minus; fair plus $20 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
1959 city strip 15806 fair $10 click to enlarge Norfolk city tax supplemental plate. 
1961 sample 000-000 very good plus $50 click to enlarge Got a 1959 Maryland sample? Let's trade. 
1963 car trailer C/T 36-727 good plus $8 click to enlarge A "car trailer" is a lightweight personal trailer, such as a boat trailer or camping trailer, that can be pulled by a car. 
1965 city strip 11 very good minus $10 click to enlarge Hampton jitney city tax supplemental plate.  I believe "jitney" is their term for a taxi or some other for-hire passenger vehicle. 
1967 motorcycle 5762 excellent minus $45 click to enlarge Never used!  Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage.  Smudge at the bottom left corner is fingerprint made of black paint. 
1968 convertible CO/NV 3-505 fair plus $5 click to enlarge A "convertible" is not a car with a retractible canvas roof, but rather a vehicle that can be converted from a passenger vehicle to a cargo vehicle, such as a station wagon. 
1970 passenger car A593-841 excellent minus $15 click to enlarge
1971 passenger car 930-900 very good minus $10 click to enlarge Version 3, painted with black border. 
1971 vehicle permit 175 very good plus $15 click to enlarge Waynesboro Inoperable vehicle city tax plate.  Colors are white on dark green. 
1972 reserved number 5-882 very good; good plus $50 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
1972 passenger car DJZ-333 very good; good minus $20 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
1972 well drill 750 very good plus $30 click to enlarge Apparently issued to well-drilling equipement.  Plate never used, but showing some signs of age.  White marks above the "V" and "W" are not scratches, but rather white paint from the manufacturing process. 
1973 car trailer C/T 45-058 excellent $10 click to enlarge Never used!  Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage.  A "car trailer" is a lightweight personal trailer, such as a boat trailer or camping trailer, that can be pulled by a car. 
1973 passenger car BSD-489 excellent minus $9 click to enlarge Unstickered plates were issued to and used by motorists renewing their existing 1972 registrations for 1973. 
1974 vehicle permit 72 very good plus $15 click to enlarge Augusta County Inoperable Vehicle city tax plate.  Colors are black on white.  Those marks above the "U" at the top edge are not scrapes, but rather extra black paint applied during manufacture.  Plate dimensions are 8" by 3-7/16". 
8/1974 passenger car EPF-168 very good $8 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
1975 city strip 2747 mint $5 click to enlarge Buena Vista city tax supplemental plate.  Those marks next to the "5" and the rightmost "7" are not scrapes, but rather extra blue paint applied during manufacture. 
3/1975 motorcycle 95595 very good $20 click to enlarge Never used!  Would be in mint condition if not for some small areas of missing paint on the border and other raised areas; easily touched up. 
3/1976 apportioned truck P2-158 good $5 click to enlarge
4/1976 passenger car GYF-648 very good plus; very good minus $30 for pair click to enlarge
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Natural expiration.  Selling as a pair only. 
1978 city strip TR 1085 mint $5 click to enlarge TR = trailer.  Roanoke city tax supplemental plate. 
1/1979 truck T198-850 very good; good plus $15 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
9/1979 passenger car ATM-552 very good minus $5 click to enlarge
1/1980 passenger car KDN-537 very good minus $5 click to enlarge
6/1980 rental car RCV-176 good $3 click to enlarge
8/1980 passenger car SNJ-335 very good minus $7 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
9/1980 passenger car SSR-951 good $3 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
2/1981 passenger car GXG-617 good plus; good minus $20 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
2/1981 truck TB68-854 fair $1 click to enlarge Natural expiration.  Roadkill condition. 
4/1981 passenger car VLE-423 very good plus $8 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
7/1981 motorcycle 146113 very good plus $15 click to enlarge
7/1981 passenger car WJP-625 very good minus$6 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
9/1981 passenger car NEF-790 very good minus$5 click to enlarge
1/1982 truck T/C 46-424 good $3 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
2/1982 passenger car XZL-211 very good $7 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
4/1982 specialty vanity JCB 59 very good minus $10 click to enlarge Independence Bicentennial 1776-1976 specialty vanity plate.  (Also see the Alaska JCB vanity plate on my main trade/sale page.) 
5/1982 passenger car YWM-904 good minus $3 click to enlarge Natural expiration.  Paint overspray along bottom edge. 
6/1982 passenger car MKM-966 good; good minus $20 for pair click to enlarge
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Selling as a pair only. 
7/1982 motorcycle 457071 very good plus $8 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
9/1982 passenger car YWS-864 excellent minus; good plus $14 for pair click to enlarge
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Natural expiration.  Will split pair; $9 for EX- plate, $5 for G+ plate. 
12/1982 passenger car ZJK-601 good minus $3 click to enlarge Natural expiration.  Roadkill condition with numerous small dents throughout. 
1/1983 truck T/D 51-774 very good plus; very good minus $10 for pair click to enlarge
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Natural expiration.  Will split pair; $6 for VG+ plate, $4 for VG- plate. 
2/1983 passenger car XVX-586 very good plus; very good $13 for pair click to enlarge
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Will split pair; $7 for VG+ plate, $6 for VG plate. 
1/1984 truck T/E72-766 very good minus $4 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
4/1984 passenger car YVP-496 very good $6 click to enlarge
4/1984 vanity ROWYCO very good plus $5 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
4/1985 passenger car EZV-872 fair plus $2 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
7/1985 trailer T/R155-952 very good plus $6 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
12/1985 passenger car EAL-431 excellent minus $8 click to enlarge
1/1987 passenger car GTT-877 excellent minus; good plus $12 for pair click to enlarge
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Will split pair; $8 for EX- plate, $4 for G+ plate. 
1/1987 passenger car GUL-352 excellent minus$8 click to enlarge
1/1987 truck T/G 3-323 good minus, good minus $4 for pair click to enlarge
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Will split pair; $2 for each plate. 
9/1991 private trailer T/R155-952 very good $5 click to enlarge
5/1993 passenger car DIH-577 very good $6 click to enlarge
10/1996 quarterly truck T66-495 excellent minus $15 click to enlarge T = truck.  Uncommon type.  I assume these had three-month registration periods.  Natural expiration stickers. 

 Be sure to also check out the rest of my plates for trade or sale on my main Rick's Trade Box page! 

If I've got a plate available that you want

Want to trade license plates?

I'm always interested in working out a trade if possible.  However, for it to be worthwhile for both of us, you've got to not only find something in my trade box that you want; you also have to have something on my want list that you can offer in trade.  I'm really not interested in trading to acquire plates that aren't on my want list. 

Also, I will only do long-distance trades with certain people, and under certain conditions.  Frankly, I'm not going to just mail a license plate to someone I've never heard of, and hope that they will send me the license plate they say they have.  In order for me to trade with you via mail, you need to be someone I can implicitly trust.  Therefore, you must be either someone I know personally, a fellow ALPCA member, or someone otherwise well-known and respected in the license plate collecting community. 

I'm not nearly as demanding if we can arrange to trade plates in person, or if you're just buying plates.  Read more about this below. 

If the trade is roughly balanced in terms of number of plates, then you pay to mail yours to me, and I'll pay to mail mine to you.  If the trade isn't balanced, then we'll need to work something else out with regard to postage.  For postage calcultion purposes, my zip code is 27527. 

Face-to-face transactions

I live and work in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area in the United States.  I also periodically drive to the Baltimore, Maryland area, so if you're located anywhere reasonably between those two cities and aren't in a hurry, we might be able to meet the next time I pass through.  I also travel to the St. Louis, Missouri area, and elsewhere, on occasion.  Or, if you're going to be at a license plate collectors' event in the mid-Atlantic or southeastern U.S., I might also be planning to attend the same event. 

Doing business in person offers some advantages if it's at all practical.  If neither of us have to go too far out of our way, one or both of us can save money by not having to pay for postage, PayPal fees, etc.  There are no worries of plates getting lost or damaged in the mail.  You get to physically see the plates before we finalize the deal, and I can either see the plates I'm getting in trade, or get paid in cash.  There's no risk of only one of us holding up our end of the deal.  For these reasons, I'm much more willing to trade with someone I don't know if we can do it in person.  I generally require cash payment for plate sales conducted in person. 

Long-distance sales

In addition to the cost of the plates themselves, you will also need to pay for shipping.  Effective September 2015, I have simplified the process of calculating shipping charges by charging fixed amounts based on the number of plates being shipped, as shown below.  These rates are subject to change without notice, and probably will change to correspond to USPS postage increases. 

Effective Saturday, January 21, 2017:

The above amounts are only applicable for standard sized (12" by 6") or smaller full-sized plates, shipped to U.S. addresses.  Pairs count as two plates.  Motorcycle plates will cost less; oversized plates may cost more.  Shipping outside of the U.S. will cost more.  In some cases I might be able to ship for less than the listed amounts, but I will need to know your zip code to determine this; I will then let you know if this is the case before you send payment.  If the standard rates don't apply to your situation, contact me for a quote on the shipping cost. 

I strive to find the most appropriate balance between cost, safety, and speed in determining the shipment method.  If you have any preferences or specific requriements with regard to packing methods, shipping methods, etc., please let me know about these.  However, depending on the request, I reserve the right to charge a higher amount for shipping. 

I accept payment in U.S funds only.  I prefer payment either via personal check or PayPal.  Cash is fine too, but mail it at your own risk.  I'll also accept payment via money order or Western Union money transfer.  However, I will not accept stamps or postage meter strips as payment for either the plates or the postage.  Sign up for PayPal here. 

If you are an ALPCA member in good standing, a personal friend, or a family member, just let me know which plates you want, and normally I'll get them sent out within a day or two.  You can send payment at your convenience, within reason, of course. 

For all others, I will normally ship within a day or two after receipt of a PayPal instant payment, a Western Union money transfer, a U.S. Postal money order, or cash.  PayPal e-checks and personal checks must clear your bank account before shipping.  For other money orders, or any other forms of payment, I'll determine how soon I will ship on a case-by-case basis. 

International customers

I will gladly ship plates internationally, and have done so on numerous occasions.  Outside of North America, to minimize the risk of your package being unduly delayed, I will only ship using some form of airmail, however.  If you know of any special requirements or restrictions with regard to sending a package to your country, please inform me of such.  Since I accept payment in U.S funds only, most often international customers find PayPal to be the most convenient method of payment.  I have also received payment from outside the U.S. via Western Union money transfer without difficulty. 

I will NOT falsify customs forms to declare the item as a "gift" or show the value to be less than the purchase price.  Please don't ask! 

If you are a resident of a country that does not use the Roman or Western alphabet (A-Z), such as Russia, Greece, Japan, Korea, Israel, Arabic-speaking countries, etc., please be prepared to send me your name and mailing address (including country name) in the language of your country using a method that is not subject to being corrupted by e-mail software or word processing software that cannot support your alphabet or language.  For example, send your name and address in a graphic file (such as .gif or .png format) e-mail attachment, or take a digital photo or digital scan of your written name and address and send the image (in .jpg or .pdf format) in an e-mail attachment.  Also send your name and address in English in the e-mail itself. 

To reserve a plate or propose a trade

Although I strive to keep this page up-to-date, there are times when some of the plates shown have already been reserved, traded, or sold.  Also, it's possible that some plates may be currently listed on eBay, which would make them unavailable for trades or non-eBay sales during the listing period. 

Please e-mail me with the following information so that I may determine whether the desired plate(s) are available, accurately calculate the shipping charges to provide you with a total amount to pay, and give you appropriate payment instructions: 

Normally, I'll respond via e-mail within one or two days.  Occasionaly, I may be away from my computer for longer than that, so please be patient.  Once we reach an agreement, I'll then hold the plate or plates for up to 15 days to give you time to send payment.  But, if you change your mind after reserving a plate, please show common courtesy and inform me of your change in plans, so that I may make the plate available to others who may be interested. 

If you don't see the plate you want

I regularly receive e-mails from people who want to know if I have such-and-such a license plate available for sale.  If you're looking for an older plate, and the plate in question isn't shown on this page, almost always the answer will be "no".  However, I've recently acquired a fairly large number of older plates that I'm going to sell, and it will take a while to get them all listed.  So, e-mail me; I might just have what you need. 

I do not sell to the general public any recent-issue license plates in styles that are still used for current registrations.  However, I usually have expired, recent-issue plates that I'll trade or sell to people whom I can verify are bona-fide license plate collectors, and whom I feel reasonably confident will not re-sell them to non-collectors.  If you're such a person and you're looking for a recent plate, please e-mail me with the specifics. 

Please refer to the Where can I find old license plates? section of my FAQs page for some suggestions of where else you might be able to find the plate you're looking for. 

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