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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2014 Bowman Chrome Mark Appel Auto (4) Card Lot BGS Gem Mint 9.5 10 Autograph
$102.60
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2013 topps WBC tribute DEREK HOLLAND auto AUTOGRAPH
$15.00
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1994 PITTSBURGH PIRATES Team Signed Autographed Baseball Ball
$90.30
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LUIS GONZALES AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL W 11 more MARLINS auto AND A NEW MARLINS CAP
$10.95
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1964 Topps Harmon Killebrew Autograph Baseball Card
$29.95
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MATT VOGEL 2011 TOPPS USA BASEBALL TRIPLE JERSEY AUTO #36 64 U SOUTH CAROLINA
$14.99
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Frank Robinson Autographed Hall Of Fame '82 Baseball
$75.00
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Chicago White Sox Star Adam Dunn Signed Autographed OML Baseball
$45.00
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BOBBY MURCER 2005 UD PAST TIME SIGNATURES SILVER AUTOGRAPHS AUTO
$39.90
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AUTOGRAPHED 1980 Phillies World Champs team signed baseball bat JSA CERTIFIED
$375.00
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2013 Bowman Cream of the Crop Mini Javier Baez Auto Autograph
$17.99
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8 PHILDELPHIA A'S AUTOGRAPHED ROAL BASEBALL FERRIS FAIN EDDIE JOOST ELMER VALO
$59.95
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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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