Simpsons collection officially counted for potential Guinness record

Travis ‘Bart’ McNall's favorite character is, of course, Bart Simpson.
Travis ‘Bart’ McNall's favorite character is, of course, Bart Simpson.

WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (WANE) – A Wolcottville man is hoping his Simpsons collection is big enough for a record.  But not just any record: a Guinness World Record.

Travis McNall, who friends call Bart, started collecting his Simpsons memorabilia in the summer of 1990.  It was a Bart Simpson doll with a plastic head, plastic arms and legs wearing a blue shirt that said “Eat My Shorts.”

“On October 6, 1990, I got my first shirt at Corn School in Lagrange,” McNall stated.

Back on February 10 of this year, NewsChannel 15 highlighted McNall’s collection as he searched for some help to count his potential record-setting material.

According to McNall, Guinness rules state the people verifying the collection need to be people he does not know.

“Basically two people off the street,” McNall said.

While dining at Adams Lake Pub one night, McNall told his story to owner John Edwards who thought he knew of a couple guys that might be able to help.

Enter John Cazier and John Peterson.  Either retired or semi-retired, both of them had some time on their hands and professional experience dealing with inventory so they offered their services to McNall.

The counting began on February 17, 2015 and finished on May 13, 2015.

McNall said, “We did it for roughly two hours a day from roughly ten to noon two to three days a week.  Usually two days.”

After all the counting was finished, McNall, Cazier and Peterson logged 3,444 pieces of Simpsons memorabilia in the collection.  The current record listed in the 2015 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is 2,580.

Now McNall must send in the proper paperwork, pictures and other documents verifying his collection to Guinness.  It could take up to 12 weeks before the process is complete.

If he does get the record, obviously McNall will be excited, but if he doesn’t, that’s not going to stop him from doing what he loves.

“If someone did submit their record and beat me, at least I tried.  I won’t be mad.  I just collect it because I like collecting it.  It makes me happy,” McNall said.

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