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First Low-Digit Surf Tag Sold for $12,200 at Inaugural Auction

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Low-digit Delaware surf tag number 20 is auctioned off at Delaware State Parks' first live auction of the low-digit tags. (Photo: WBOC) Low-digit Delaware surf tag number 20 is auctioned off at Delaware State Parks' first live auction of the low-digit tags. (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- Delaware State Parks sold its first low-digit surf tag for more than $12,000 at its inaugural live auction of the coveted state tags.

The agency's first auction, hosted at the Delaware Seashore Park during day two of its Halloween "Boo-B-Que" Saturday, featured three single-digit tags and other two and three-digit tags. The first tag auctioned was number 100 for $12,200.

"Anyone from Delaware knows that low-digit tags are something that you strive to get," said Matthew Ritter with Delaware State Parks.

Ritter said anyone can buy a low-digit tag but some are exclusively for Delawareans.

"Right now the way the legislation is written, anything from 200 or less has to be a Delaware resident," said Ritter. "So we have some numbers that are above 200 for any out-of-staters. A popular one is 302 for the area code and we also have a 410 for the Maryland folks out there."

Prospective bidders at the auction were required to make a $200 deposit. The low-digit tags are part of Delaware's history and many say paying a high price for them is worth every penny, including bidder Stuart Snyder.

"License plates are a good investment," said Snyder. "And it would be excellent to have for our primary car here or perhaps to invest. Buy it, hold it for a couple years and sell it on eBay. "

If $12,000 seems pricey for a three-digit tag, the lowest three-digit tag to own, Ritter says next year people will have the chance to buy tags numbered even lower.

"We're holding some plates. Next year we're going to do number 1. But this year we're doing a couple releases. This is the only live auction and then next year we'll do another live auction as well," said Ritter.

Ritter said all the money raised from the low-digit tag auction goes right back into services Delaware State Parks provides.

An online auction opened for the low-digit tags for about two weeks ago. Bidding for the tags started at $250. The online auction ends Sunday Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. For more information about buying a low-digit surf tag or future auctions, click here.  

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