In my entry from July 18th, I posted a pic of the balls I’ve collected this year. Yesterday, I went over to my parents’ place and took a pic of all the rest:
This used to be my bedroom. Now it’s a guest room. That’s why the shelves are empty. Anyway, each drawer holds 144 balls–four layers of 36–and as you can see, I removed a couple layers from the second drawer. Each 32-gallon barrel holds 400 balls, and the bag has an additional 100 or so. There’s actually a fifth drawer on the opposite side of the room, but I was too lazy to move it, so you’re looking at about 2,285 of my 2,574 balls. (Normally, there’s not a single ball showing; I only opened the drawers and unzipped the bag and uncovered the barrels for the photograph.)
The drawer on the left is filled with old National League balls. The drawer on the right is American League only. The middle two are mixed, with commemorative balls on top and some gamers on the bottom. I know it’s not precise, but this is what I came up with when I started doing this as a 14-year-old. Now, 13 years later, I’m running out of space and ideas. Drawers, barrels, bags…what’s next?
That’s what’s next.
Only 17 days to go.