Franklin man shows off impressive collection of 15,700 golf balls

Don Thompson of Franklin has collected stamps, beer cans and business cards, but his golf ball collection now takes over his basement. 

When the lights come on in Thompson’s basement, you realize the enormity of his collection. 

“I have 15,700, all listed on my computer,” he said. 

It all started 31 years ago. 

"Curtiss...Baby Ruth.  And on the back it says 50th anniversary.  Pretty neat,” Thompson said. 

Most come from hackers hitting it out of bounds.

"Of course I've been chased off of golf courses and kicked out," he said. 

But Thompson waits patiently.

"So I wait...and if they don't come by to pick it up?  Good bye!" he said. 

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