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My baseball collection is a hit

Ryan Maggio of Wantagh with his baseball collection

Ryan Maggio of Wantagh with his baseball collection Credit: Maggio family

Home run! Over the years, I have scored big with my baseball collection. I’ve gotten baseballs on vacation from places like Hershey Park, Disney World, Adventureland and Six Flags. I put all of them in a big case that holds 30 baseballs. I also have many signed balls from major and minor league players.

When I get all of these baseballs, I put them in the case hanging on the wall in my room. When I was little, I met David Wright, and he signed my baseball, so I keep it in a special case that holds only one ball in a glove. I also have a bunch of other baseballs given to me by my grandparents that are signed by players. These include Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson. Three years ago, when I went to a minor league game in Florida, my sisters and I ran around collecting baseballs in the stands. Even though these aren’t signed, I put them in the big case because they are still special.

There are three special baseballs in the case. One of them is a “baby boy” ball that my parents filled out with my name and birth information when I was born. The other two balls are actually from my travel baseball games. My parents saved them. They wrote “Ryan’s first home run” on one of them and “Ryan’s first walk-off” on the other. They mean a great deal to me.

I plan on going to see the Mets play this summer. I have one more spot left in the case for a ball, so I hope I’m lucky enough to get another one to add to my collection. When the case is all filled up, I’ll still plan on collecting baseballs, but I’ll probably just start storing them on my desk.

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