Texas A&M ’12th Man’ Vanity License Plate Sells for $115,000 at Auction
The company MyPlates.com has been auctioning off vanity license plates for charity. Most recently at auction was the ’12th Man’ vanity plate for Texas A&M. For weeks the top bid has been at $35,000 (a U.S. record on it’s own) but yesterday the plate sold for $115,000.A former Aggie and attorney from Houston, Tony Buzbee, bid $115,000 Thursday in the online auction and got the ’12th Man’ plate. However, he does not plan on keeping it for himself, but instead giving it to a decorated war veteran who graduated from Texas A&M.
The plate will be presented to Buzbee during Saturday’s game against Alabama. He could have kept the plate for himself but instead says :
“I’m not saying who it is yet, but I see him as a 12th Man to our country,” said Buzbee, who said he was a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. “He did a lot more than pay a hundred thousand dollars for a license plate.”
The plate will, most likely, never be printed again. It comes with 10 year rights, then can be renewed by the owner and is transferable. That means it can be kept in a family for years and passed down, such as an heirloom.
Proceeds from the auction benefit Texas A&M University and the General Revenue Fund of Texas.
Although some have been putting Buzbee down for spending or more ‘flaunting’ his money for something they see as ‘stupid’. I say it’s his money, he earned it and can do with it what he wishes. I also think he is a class act for giving it to a decorated war veteran. The money goes to charity, so I’m not sure what they have against this purchase. Some people just never see the silver lining in anything I guess.