License plate collectors gather in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- For most, license plates are not anything special -- but they mean a lot to the people gathered at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Friday.

License plate lovers from California to Florida to Canada gathered at the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association Show. They were buying, selling and collecting those thin, flimsy placards of automotive history.

One collector, Stephan Budzinski, is from Poland.  He's new to the collecting world, having done it for just more than a year.

After a couple of hours of peeking, picking and paying, he proudly shared his plates.

"Fourteen license plates I purchased today," said Budzinski, adding he paid about $120.

Like anything collectible, some license plates are rare and valuable such as the one made out of leather and was issued before Colorado was a state.

But for Budzinski, he would have stayed much longer but for one simple fact: He ran out of money.

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