GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A sports fan in Kentucky has claimed the title of" Owner of the World's Largest Private Sports Collection." He's been gathering sports items since the early 1970s. 

In one corner of Ripley's Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg is a display featuring John Carpenter.

According to the exhibit, he is the owner of the "World's Largest Private Sports Collection."

Carpenter estimates he has 8,000 items. 

He is a fan of all sports but especially enjoys New York Yankees baseball. It's not surprising that he says his favorite item is a home run baseball Babe Ruth hit July 24, 1930.