I'm Howard Cutler (aka Samplman). I collect license plates, yes, I said License plates.
I've been collecting license plates since 1992. It all started when someone I worked with said he was going to Alaska. I asked him to bring me back a license plate. From that point on I was hooked.
My first goal was to collect a plate from every state and Canadian province (what collector dosen't have that run?) From there I dabbled a little bit with foriegn plates, but they weren't as interesting as the U.S.plates.
I soon discovered the ALPCA, (Automobile License Plate Assoc.). All those years I thought, "No one but me collects these things." Boy, was I wrong! My son and I attended the 1996 convention in Peoria. As soon as I got home, I sent in my membership dues. I am also a member of the MLPCA, (Michigan License Plate Collector Assoc.), NILPS, (Nevada International License Plate Society), MAPA, (Mid America License Plate Assoc.), and the NPCC, (Number Plate Collectors Club). For more information on any of these clubs, please email me or use their link, that is listed below.
Now I'm collecting sample plates. I've got a complete run of both the United States and Canadian sample plates plus several International samples, but with all the new issues coming out, it just keeps on growing. I'm trying to collect some of the sample plates that the state dmv's say don't exist. These are the ones that they don't make available to the collecting public. Along with these I'm also interested in "Prototype" plates.
I also collect Inaugural plates and Olympic plates.
People often ask what I do with all the plates I collect. I'm in the process of refinishing my basement, and the walls are going to be covered. When it's done, I'll post a couple shots in the photo album. (That's still under construction)
Please check out my trade list Let's do some tradin!!
I've recently switched out of some collectables like Corvette Promotional Models and Baseball cards.
Be sure to check out the list of corvettes for sale.
If you are interested in the baseball cards, just drop me an email. I've got Topps complete sets from 1980 to 1990. I know we can make a deal. Please E-mail me for more information as to the sale of these items.
I've been adding links to other sites. If you'd like me to add your link, let me know.
Check this plate out!!
Contact me for more information on how to get one of these great looking plates for your collection.
Links to other sites on the Web
Ebay - A place to buy and sell things.
ALPCA - Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
MLPCA - Michigan License Plate Collectors Association.
NILPS - Nevada International License Plate Society.
NPCC - Number Plate Collector's Club.
Got a plate I might want? Looking for a particular plate? Got a question?
Email me at:
This page last updated on January 9, 2005 @18:00 edt