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   Wednesday, October 19, 2011

  Largest collection of autographed baseballs: Dennis Schrader sets world record (Video)

ODESSA, FL , USA -- Dennis Schrader, 65, a semi-retired mobile home excutive, has collected and dealt in signed memorabilia seriously for about 25 years; he is now the owner of 4,020 baseballs signed by major league baseball players , setting the world record for the Largest private autographed baseball collection, according to World Record Academy ( collection of autographed baseballs Dennis Schrader

  Photo: Dennis Schrader poses for a portrait with his autographed baseball collection in his Odessa, Fla., home. AP photo (enlarge photo)

  The Guinness world record for the Largest collections of rubber ducks was set by Charlotte Lee (USA), who has 5,631 different rubber ducks.

  Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest collection of trolls, which belongs to Sophie Marie Cross (UK), who has 633 unique items.
  Schrader, 65, got hooked on collecting signed baseballs when he was 9 and New York Yankee star Mickey Mantle signed one for him at spring training.

  The semi-retired mobile home executive now boasts more than 4,000, some so rare that it's hard to put a price on them.

  Though Schrader traces his obsession to the first ball signed by Mantle, alas, that one is not part of his record-
setting collection. Like a lot of kids in the 1950s who didn't realize how valuable autographs would become, he went out and played baseball with it.

  He even has a ball signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe during their brief marriage. He paid $25,000 for it. Another one just like it sold at auction a few years ago for $191,000.

  One of his latest acquisitions is another DiMaggio ball, inscribed to team owner Del Webb when the Yankee Clipper retired in 1951. That one set him back $5,000.  
largest collection of autographed baseballs
  Photo: What autograph collection would be complete without a Babe Ruth baseball? Dennis Schrader has nine of them. AP photo  (enlarge photo)

  Schrader, who grew up in nearby Largo, is a likable curmudgeon who loves to talk baseball and show people around what he has dubbed "Little Cooperstown" in his posh home on a golf course north of Tampa.

  His baseballs — which he figures are worth $2 million to $3 million — are displayed in a 12-by-14-foot room that has walls a foot thick, a bank vault door, motion sensors and video-camera surveillance.

   Guinness World Records certified him as the owner of 4,020 baseballs signed by major league baseball players. Duplicates and balls signed by non-baseball celebrities — including President Barack Obama — bring his collection of baseballs to 4,600.

  Schrader insists that home's security measures, plus the fact that he keeps some guns around, make it pointless for him to insure the collection.

  "It's fireproof, it's bomb proof," he says of his showroom/vault. "If there's a tornado warning, we come in here with a beer and sit down."

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 Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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