Michiana man aims to break world record for largest Simpsons collection

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After 26 seasons and 574 episodes, almost everyone has heard of the television show The Simpsons.

But, not everyone loves the cartoon family from Springfield as much as one Michiana man.

There are fans and then there are super fans.

Travis "Bart" McNall of LaGrange County might just be the biggest Simpsons fan in the entire world, at least that is the hope.

"My room is pretty much yellow now," says McNall.

Over the past 25 years, Travis has been slowly building what he believes is the largest collection of Simpsons memorabilia in the world.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current record is 2,580. A couple of years ago, Travis did an unofficial inventory of his collection and realized he had a real shot at breaking that record.

"Back in 2010, I counted and I counted and I counted and I found I had a lot more than that," says McNall.

But, to have his record recognized by Guinness, Travis had to meet certain standards.

McNall, along with two witnesses, had to go through and count each individual item while photographing and documenting every single one.

"For about 3 months, we did about 2 hours a day,” says McNall. “The rules do say 2 to 4 hours a day, a few days a week. That is what we did. We documented 3,444 last Wednesday."

A collection of 3,444 different items could be worth thousands of dollars.

"I thought that I had spent around $10,000 on it but Mr. John thinks that it might be worth $30,000," says McNall. “I don't know yet for sure. I would like for somebody to officially look at it and go from there."

Travis is in the process now of sending in his official documentation and then will wait to hear if his collection is, in fact, the biggest in the world. But, don't expect him to stop and wait in the meantime.

"I want to keep it going,” says McNall. “Maybe not as obsessively now because now I am trying to up the ante for the record."

But, even if Travis doesn't break the record, he has still enjoyed the ride.

"If I don't get it or somebody beat me or whatever, at least I tried,” says McNall. “Heck, I found over 200 items I didn't know I had."

It takes roughly 12 weeks to hear back from Guinness but, with a collection nearly 1,000 items bigger than the current record holder, things look pretty good for Travis.