ODESSA, Fla. (AP)—Assembling more than 4,000 autographed baseballs, it turns out, may not have been as tough a task for Dennis Schrader as proving the collection was a world record.
The Guinness Book of World Records originally rejected Schrader’s claim because the signatures on all 4,020 balls couldn’t be authenticated.
About a year ago, he started up his campaign again in earnest. He made copies of authenticity documents for the balls he got at auctions and such, and prepared his own papers for signatures he obtained himself. He even had to get an accountant to do an inventory, and included letters from St. Petersburg’s mayor and other prominent people who have seen the collection.