Check Out the World's Biggest Autographed Baseball Collection

Check Out the World’s Biggest Autographed Baseball Collection

The line between hobby and obsession is a gray area that Dennis Schrader lives in. The 65 year-old Florida resident has been collecting autographed baseballs since he was nine and now has 4,020 baseballs signed by Major League players. After five years of attempts, Guinness now recognizes it as the largest signed baseball collection in the world.

Originally, Guinness rejected Schrader's request because all the balls were not authenticated. After compiling extensive documentation to back up the legitimacy of the balls, his legacy was finally recognized. Schrader estimates that the uninsured collection is worth $2-3 million. He houses the baseballs in a 12-by-14-foot room that has foot-thick walls. The elaborate setup also includes a bank vault door, motion sensors and a video-camera surveillance system.

Counting duplicates and non-baseball celebrities, the collection totals 4,600 signed baseballs. This includes a baseball signed by President Barack Obama, as well as one singed by Millvina Dean, the last known living survivor of the Titanic, who died in May of 2009.

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ALEX GORDON KC ROYALS 2007 BOWMAN'S BEST GOLD AUTOGRAPH #76 45 50 GEM MINT
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2014 Topps Museum Steve Carlton Autographed Personal Masterpiece 2 10 ( damaged)
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Chicago Cubs' Lee Smith autographed Baseball in display case, New
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06 Bowman Chrome Elvin Puello Rookie Auto Gold Refractor RC Cubs SP 24 50
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Adeiny Hechavarria 2013 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto #42 50
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PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 2011 Tristar Obak AUTO Orange RC BGS 9.5 #'d 75
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Matt Kemp LA Dodgers Signed Autographed Rawlings Major League Baseball - JSA COA
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Reggie Jackson Mr October Autographed baseball
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2012 Prime Cuts Icons #5 Cal Ripken Jr. Auto Autograph #'d 16 25 Orioles
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ALEX GORDON 2006 TRISTAR PROSPECTS PLUS FARMHANDS BLUE INK AUTOGRAPH # 19
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2008 Topps Ser1 MLB Baseball** 3 BOX LOT**- Rookies, Auto, Game Used??
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1997-Topps Stars Robin Roberts Autograph
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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