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Patriots to Auction Off Specialty License Plates

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Fans of the New England Patriots have always shown support for their team by wearing the jerseys of their favorite players with pride. Now, they can go one step further by celebrating the success of their team and its players on the bumpers of their cars. The team announced today that batches of New England Patriots license plates, that will eventually include low-numbered plates and plates featuring the jersey numbers of both current Patriots players and favorite alumni, will be auctioned off on the team's Web site, www.patriots.com. All proceeds of the auctions will benefit the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation (NEPCF).

Beginning on Wednesday, June 1, a batch of 20 plates under 1,000 will be auctioned off on the Web site. In the first series of plates, fans of Patriots defensive lineman, #93 Richard Seymour, can bid on plate #930. The group will also feature randomly selected plates from the 800 and 900 series, which can be found on the Web site. In the following weeks, new batches of approximately 20 randomly selected numbers will be released, and fans should continue checking www.patriots.com to determine if numbers significant to them, including birthdays and anniversaries, are included in the batch.

All plates will start with a minimum bid of $100, which will go directly to the NEPCF. Also on the Web site, fans will be able to access the future schedule of plate numbers that will be auctioned, up to a month in advance of their release.

The license plate features the Patriots logo centered above the Roman numerals representing each of the team's three Super Bowl Championships. The plates were originally launched in March of 2005, and approximately 3,500 are already in circulation.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 by the Kraft family as a vehicle to help support the youth and families of New England. The Foundation's mission is to assist a variety of charitable organizations and programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family, and health. The Foundation uses its resources to serve the youth of New England by encouraging their education, growth, creativity and development of character, and to help support a better quality of life in the communities the Foundation serves.

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