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Local Man Collects Autographed Baseballs, Memorabilia

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By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Baseball is known as America's past time.

But for one local man it's more than just a game... It's a passion.

Lynn Dunlap may be known in the community by his career as an attorney.

But there's definitely more to him than just law... The man loves baseball.

"It's America's sport and the stories and the players and the history is just fascinating," explains Dunlap.

Dunlap collects anything with a certified signature...and his collection is one any person can appreciate.

He says, "They're a little stunned. They feel like they've walked into Cooperstown. Except Cooperstown doesn't have the celebrities, politicians, I have a good selection of NASA baseballs."

Dunlap has been collecting for more than 20 years... and owns more than 1000 baseballs.

"In no time at all, I was buying three a year and this is what happened, over a thousand balls," says Dunlap.

Dunlap also owns memorabilia with Idaho connections.

But of all the baseballs he owns, which one cost the most?

He explains, "I have a JFK and Jackie baseball. The only one ever signed by both. I've got a Shoeless Joe Jackson. JFK and Jackie and the Shoeless Joe Jackson both hit over $10,000."

And, while those two may have broken the bank.. There was one signature worth more than just the money...

"I have a seat from the original Yankee Stadium. There were three perfect games pitched. I have the pitcher and catcher from each of those three perfect games on a seat slat. The last signature I got was Jorge Posada. It took three years to get Jorge to actually show up and sign it," explains Dunlap.

But collecting isn't as simple as finding items with signatures on them.

He says, "It takes time, it takes money and it takes a lot of patience. As time goes by, you'll discover a lot of fakes. All of mine are certified, but they're worthless without the certifications and the certifications aren't kept here."

If you can't get enough of this collection..Lynn opens up his home for little league teams that want to visit.

Any players who attend can get a picture with two baseballs of their choice.

For more information, call his office at (208) 734-5885.


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