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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JERMAINE DYE 2005 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS AUTOGRAPH # 50
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2012 Panini Signature Series MLBPA Logo ANTHONY GOSE Autograph #27 99 (38521)
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2012 Panini Signature Series ZACH McALLISTER RC Autograph #12 99 #175 (38522)
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2012 Prime Cuts Souvenir Cuts HARMON KILLEBREW Autograph #96 99 #17 (30613)
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2012 Panini Prizm Prizms KEN GRIFFEY Jr. Autograph #JR #03 25 (41521)
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Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees Marigold Autographed 10 Inch Plate
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2010 All-Star Game Autographed Baseball 12 Signers Braun Fielder Votto McCann
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Mickey Mantle New York Yankees Marigold Autographed 10 Inch Plate
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JIM EDMONDS 1997 DONRUSS SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO
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JIM LEYRITZ 2003 SWEET SPOT YANKEE GREATS AUTOGRAPH
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Willie McCovey Autographed 2005 Fleer Skybox Autographics Card 296 750 #71 nice
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2 JORGE BELL AUTOGRAPHED CARDS. 1982D ROOKIE & 1986T. TORONTO BLUE JAYS BASEBALL
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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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