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World's Biggest Cap Collection Tops 24,000
He's not in the Guinness Book of Records yet, but Buckey Legried is cautiously optimistic that, after 17 years, he's amassed the world's largest cap collection.
"I've got 24,000 now," says Legried, 58, Frost, Minn. "Another collector in Indiana with 17,000 caps currently holds the world's title. I want to get 3,000 to 4,000 more caps to make sure I'm way out in front before I make too much of it. My three goals in life are to own the world's largest cap collection, make the Guinness Book of Records, then to start a cap museum right here in Blue Earth, Minn."
If the museum becomes a reality, it'll have to be a pretty fair-sized building. It takes a 10 by 30-ft. wall in Legried's garage just to display 1,000 of his caps.
Legried's collection includes a complete set of Deere dealer caps from each of the 50 states. The caps are special because each one contains the specific dealer name, town, and state, and it took Legried about a year and a-half to complete the collection, working mostly over the phone.
"The Deere dealer in Alaska covers the entire state and didn't have exactly what I was looking for," Legried notes. "But he had 20 or 30 made up and sent one to me free of charge, as do a lot of people when they learn what I'm shooting for."
Now, Legried wants to collect a Deere dealer cap from every province in Canada. He's also considering starting such a collection from Mexico.
Of all the caps in his collection, the most unusual is one made in Bangladesh. It's decorated with tiny pearls and beads sewn into the shape of peacocks. Six of the birds adorn the cap which makes it fairly heavy, Legried notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Buckey Legried, 45394 20th St., Frost, Minn. 56033 (ph 507 878-3315).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4