4/25/2011

Congressional Medal of Honor License Plates

While I don't usually comment on license plate sales on ebay \or otherwise, the Congressional Medal of  Honor plates need to be examined. It's a sticky issue because somewhere down the line there was a man or woman who made a great personal sacrafice to be award the medal.  People always say you dont "win" the award, you recieve it and it 's an honor that you can put a price tag on. I feel b uying the plate cheapens the meaning behind it.
Although over the years collectors have definitely tried. The plates  have made appearances at plate shows every so often. Usually collectors stare at the plate and talk to the seller about it, maybe try to talk the price down or even figure out where the seller got the plate.  I even held one in my hand, but decided the price wasn't right. It wasn't the monetary  value, but I would prefer to have a story behind how I got the license plate rather than just say "oh I bought that license plate from another collector". Formost plates thatt's a reasonable response, but the Congresssiona Medal of Honor license plate is unlike most license plates .It just part of my particular plate collectors code of ethics. On the other hand I'm not one to critize the sellers...well at least on the list because the post would be rejected by the moderators anyway. So I will save it for this blog!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i disagree... to a point, since a license plate can be lost and replaced. i would be more upset seeing a gold star family plate being sold. not too long ago i was walking through the local antique co-op and came across a mint set of medal of honor plates, i admit i was a bit upset at first. after talking to one of the stores managers, i found out the recipient himself was selling the plates simply because he moved to another state and was issued a new set. now, i have from time to time seen medals of valor for sale, the most recent a silver star. which brought a tear to my eye. since my uncle was a silver star recipient for his service in Vietnam, i couldn't help feeling a bit sad.