COLLECTING SPORTSMEMORABILIA IS BEYOND AHOBBY FOR ONE LOCALFAN.... IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.HE OWNS THEAUTOGRAPHS TO ALL --BUT THREE -- MEMBERS OFTHE N-F-L HALL OF FAME.TONIGHT 41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER JORDANBETTS... SHOWS USCANTON... INSIDE AKANSAS BASEMENT.nats of him showing around hiscollectionSTEVEN BUTNER CALLSHIMSELF A SPORTSFANATIC"I think my collection is upthere as one of the best."HIS LOVE FOR sportsautographs STARTED AT AGESEVEN AT A CHIEFSTRAINING CAMP."I just remember as a little kidwaiting in line after practiceand getting autographs fromJoe Montana, Marcus Allen."HIS DAD ENCOURAGED HIMTO START A COLLECTION.SINCE THEN, IT HASGROWN INTO ANOBSESSION."I kind of went down that roadand ran with it.
I have all NFLHall of Famers autographsexcept three."HE HAS MORE THAN 700AUTOGRAPHS."Kansas City Chiefs Hall ofFamers, Royals Hall ofFamers.
I am also a Jayhawkgraduate so a lot of Jayhawkfootball and basketball."WITH THESEAUTOGRAPHS..
BUTNERBELIEVES HIS COLLECTIONIS THE LARGEST IN THECITY.natsAS FOR HIS FAVORITE..."Just the ones that I havemade memories withcollecting with my father.
Ihave like a Jim Thorpe, I havea Joe Delaney."AND AS A FATHER TO TWOGIRLS...THIS IS HISSANCTUARY."Anytime I want alone timefrom the girls upstairs, Ialways tell my family that I amgoing to go downstairs playwith autographs, they are likemy baby boy of the house."STEVEN BUTNER'SCOLLECTION ..AS UNIQUEAS HE ISJORDAN BETTS 41 ACTIONNEWS