After years of trying to find a more permanent home for his massive collection of signed baseballs, Florida collector Dennis Schrader got the city of St. Petersburg, FL to give him some space. The city raised over a quarter million dollars to build Little Cooperstown, an exhibit dedicated to Schrader’s collection.
Schrader’s collection includes not just ballplayers but entertainers, historic figures, politicians and others. He has over 4,600 baseballs and the exhibit containing them opened for the first time on Tuesday. The collection is scheduled to be on display for 20 years at the St. Petersburg Museum of History and Schrader puts the value at $1.5 to $2 million according to the Tampa Bay Times.
However, at least one local dealer who has seen the collection, is tossing a bit of a wet blanket on the festivities. He told the Times that while a lot of them are the real deal, some carry questionable certificates of authenticity.
Either way, it’s amazing what kind of displays can be built when you’re working with a big budget. Check out the story.