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Young Punxsy collector finds himself a new fancy

November 5, 2012

Punxsy’s own Douglas Bartlebaugh poses in front of his collection — consisting of one license plate from each state — while holding his latest fancy, the beginning of his motorcycle license plate collection. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of Punxsy's most well-known collectors is back at it, and this time around he's putting a new spin on an old trick.

After collecting a license plate from each state from cars, Douglas Bartlebaugh, a 17-year-old Punxsutawney Area High School student, decided it might be time to start collecting a miniature version of one of his old favorites: motorcycle license plates.

"My uncle gave me a Pennsylvania motorcycle plate, and I already had all the states for the cars, so I figured it was time to start something new," Bartlebaugh said.

Bartlebaugh said that his time spent tracking down the car plates has led him to a place where he knows how to find them, but he did admit that sometimes, he has to resort to the Internet.

"I've picked some up at flea markets in Ohio; I got one at a yard sale last year; and then some of them, I've had to buy on eBay," he said.

Bartlebaugh's family said he's been a collector ever since he was a youngster, citing his habit of peeling license plates off of cars at the family's junkyard when he was just 3 years old.

Fourteen years later, Bartlebaugh's knack for collecting continues, and he has his eyes set on the new prize of rounding out another collection with a bit of hard work.

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter...
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