Kentucky's Lewis County native John Carpenter has amassed the world's largest collection of sports memorabilia. Don't take our word for it — it's been confirmed by Ripley's Believe It or Not. Many reporters have come calling on this super sports fan, from local newspapers to ESPN.
How big is the collection? Carpenter has amassed not hundreds, but thousands of items, over 6,000 at last count—autographs, footballs, helmets, and more. He began with an autograph from a Miami Dolphins player back in the 1970s and built from there.
The highlight of the collection? A baseball hit out of Detroit's ballpark by Babe Ruth back on July 24, 1930.
This sports fan's likeness is now part of sports memorabilia too. Carpenter has been featured on a box of Wheaties, and there's even a John Carpenter bobblehead.