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Top Texas License Plates of 2013

Aggies beat Longhorns again — this time in license plates

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No. 9 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 TAMU-T3X-AGS
The ninth best-selling license plate —  and the best selling college plate — of 2013 was the maroon "Texas A&M University" plate with 850 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 1 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 LSBlack-BLKKAT
The black "Lone Star" license plate was the No. 1 best-selling plate of the year — for the fourth year in a row — with more than 10,500 sold to Texas drivers. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 6 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 Texans-7EX4NS
The sixth best-selling license plate — and the best selling sports team plate — of 2013 was the Houston Texans plate with 1,027 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 2 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 TX1845-RDTRPN
4,400 black "Texas" license plates sold in 2013, making it the second best-selling of the year. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
12th Man license plate
The auction for the "12thman" A&M license plate ended with a $115,000 bid from a Houston attorney this past fall. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 3 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 T-Black-JUSTGO
The third best-selling license plate of 2013 was the black "T for Texas" plate with 2,849 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 4 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 SmStarBlk-B4TMAN
The fourth best-selling license plate of 2013 was the black "Small Star" plate with 1,724 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 5 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 LSPink-LQQK
The fifth best-selling license plate of 2013 was the pink "Lone Star" plate with 1,251 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 7 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 ComeTakeIt-DNTRD
The seventh best-selling license plate of 2013 was the "Come and Take It Flag" plate with 1,035 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 8 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 SmStarSilver-GDEEUP
The eighth best-selling license plate of 2013 was the silver "Small Star" plate with 938 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 10 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 VintageBlk-VOY4GE
The tenth best-selling license plate of 2013 was the black "Texas Vintage" plate with 823 sold. Photo courtesy of MyPlates.com
No. 9 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 TAMU-T3X-AGS
No. 1 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 LSBlack-BLKKAT
No. 6 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 Texans-7EX4NS
No. 2 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 TX1845-RDTRPN
12th Man license plate
No. 3 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 T-Black-JUSTGO
No. 4 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 SmStarBlk-B4TMAN
No. 5 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 LSPink-LQQK
No. 7 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 ComeTakeIt-DNTRD
No. 8 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 SmStarSilver-GDEEUP
No. 10 top 10 Texas license plates 2013 VintageBlk-VOY4GE

Personalized license plates have been available in Texas since 1965, but My Plates has revolutionized the business since taking over the state's specialty plate program in 2009. In four years, the online retailer has sold more than 173,000 plates to Texas drivers, adding more than $20 million to the state's general revenue fund.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, in association with My Plates, recently released a list of the top-selling plates of 2013.

 The best-selling plate of the year — the black "Lone Star" plate — destroyed its competition. It has been the No. 1 selling plate for four years in a row. 

The best-selling plate of the year — the black "Lone Star" plate — destroyed its competition with 10,595 sold to Texas motorists. It has been the No. 1 selling plate for four years in a row and is the state's fastest-selling license plate, with more than 46,000 sold in less than five years.

The second most popular plate — the black "Texas" plate — came in a rather distant second with 4,400 sold.

Coming in at No. 6 overall, the Houston Texans license plate ranked first in the Sports Team category, with sales nearly double those of the Dallas Cowboys plate.

Perhaps there is a correlation between My Plates sales and team performance, as the top-selling NBA plate was that of the San Antonio Spurs, who reached the NBA finals year. The Houston Rockets, who reached the playoffs, have the No. 2 NBA plate this year.

As for college license plates, Texas A&M University's plate — No. 9 overall with 850 sold — retained its spot as the No. 1 best-selling college or university plate in the state for the second year in a row.  A different variation of the Aggie plate held down the No. 2 spot, followed by Texas Tech and the University of Texas.

Specialty plates aren't exactly cheap, although some are available for less than $30 per year. Customized seven-letter plates are far more expensive and are only available at specific times of the year. Some specialty message plates are auctioned off and frequently sell for thousands of dollars.

Last fall, Houston attorney and Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee paid $115,000 to use "12thman" on an A&M license plate. Buzbee then gave the plate to 2003 graduate Dan Moran, a decorated war veteran, for exemplifying the spirit of the 12thman by living "a life of honor, courage and commitment – all hallmarks of Aggie Leadership.”

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