Think you’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan? This Manhattan man has you beat, with the world record to prove it. – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Posted in Louisiana Tattoo on Feb 04, 2021

Tim Hrenchir|Topeka Capital-Journal

A tattoo of a Kansas CityChiefs arrowhead adorns one of Curt Herrman's biceps.

The original logo the team used from 1963 to 1971 istattooed on the other.

"I'm just a little obsessed, I guess," the Manhattan man said with a smile as he talked Monday abouthow his hobby of collecting Chiefs' memorabilia for the past 50 years recently gained him recognitionas aworld record holder.

The Spain-basedOfficial World Record organizationon Jan. 25 certifiedthe 59-year-old Herrman ashaving the world's largest collection of Kansas City Chiefs-related memorabilia.

"The fruit of his passion for Curt Herrman has led him to collect these pieces for 50 years," says the award certificate. "At present his collection amounts to 642 pieces."

Herrman is also seeking recognition from London-based Guinness World Records but hasn't heard back about a decision onhis application.

The information technologydirector and a vice president atManhattan's Community First National Bank, Herrman has collectedChiefs memorabiliasince 1970, the year KC got its first Super Bowl win.

Hesaid that while he's not absolutely sure his collection is the world's largest, no one has challenged that claim.

Herrmann keeps his memorabiliain a lovinglymaintained "Chiefseum" in the basement of his home. He watches most Chiefs games at home, though he tries to attend in person at least once a year.

As Herrmangavea Capital-Journal reporter a tour of his display, herecalled watching on TV as KCwon Super Bowl IV in January1970 while being coached by Hank Stram and quarterbacked by Len Dawson.

Herrman got his first piece of Chiefs' memorabilia for Christmas later that year. It wasan NFL-sized Franklin football emblazonedwith the team's logo, which remainspart ofhis collection.

The decades that followed brought seasons that ended in disappointment for Hermann and other devoted fans. The Chiefs were "not terrible" in most seasons but tended to losewhenever theymadethe playoffs, hesaid. The team'splayoff record was5-17betweenDecember 1971 and January 2019.

Meanwhile, Herrman wasbuildinghis memorabilia collection, which he saidhas a totalinsurance value of about $30,000.

That collection includes player figurines, game programs and tickets, autographed photos, helmets and jerseys,cardboard cutouts of players,replica championship rings, pieces of game-worn jerseys and Kansas City Star articles published when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in January 1970 and when Stram died in July 2005.

Many of the items, including the newspaperarticles, are enclosed in frames Herrman made himself.

The collection also includesseven Chiefs clocks,a Chiefs bowling ball andChiefs-themed stuffed animals, fishing lures, bottle openers and cookie jars.

Herrman said he gotprobably more than 100 of the items as gifts from his wife, Becky Herrman, with whom hehastwo adult sons, Brodie Herrman and Mason Herrman.

"Every Christmas I always get one or two Chiefs things, and a lot of them are from her," he said.

About a year ago, Herrman said, he first soughtworld record recognition for his collection by applying on the website ofLondon-based Guinness World Records.

As far as Herrmanknows, that organization doesn't maintain any records categories regarding sports memorabilia collections, though it could always create one.

Guinness suggested it would "help things along" for Herrman to pay itan "expedite fee" of $5,000, though that would not guarantee he would getthe record, hesaid. Herrmanchose not to pay that feeand continues to await a decision from Guinness.

Meanwhile, media coverage of Herrman's bid for recognition fromGuinness got the attention of theOfficial World Record organization, which encouraged Herrman to apply.

"They were very good to work with," Herrman said. "They asked a lot of questions. They didn't just rubber stamp it."

Herrmansaid he provided OWRa large, detailed, itemized inventory ofhis collection, including photos and value estimates.

Healso complied with the organization's request that he arrange for three well-known people to verify his statements by filling out and submitting a form.

Those were Manhattan City Commissioner Aaron Estabrook, State Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, andDave Lewis, Kansas State University's public address announcer for football and men's basketball games.

Herrman knew Estabrook from having servedwith him on the Manhattan school board, where Herrman said he isserving his 15th year.

Each of the three paid a visit toHerrman's Chiefseum, for which he maintains a Facebook site. He encouraged anyone who wishes to contact him to do so through that site.

While OWRdidn't ask Herrmanfor money,he said itoffered for a price ofabout $200 to provide him a framed, sealed copy of his certificate. He declined.

With the Chiefs preparing to play Sunday for their second consecutive Super Bowl victory, Herrman's collection has garneredincreased media attention.

He said a Louisiana TV station plans Sunday to conduct Zoom interviews at the same time withHerrman and with a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the teamthe Chiefs will play.

Meanwhile, Herrman said hisdream continues to be forhis collection to be viewedby any current or former Chiefs player.

"Really, having it seen by anybody from the Chiefs organization would make my day," he said.

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Think you're a Kansas City Chiefs fan? This Manhattan man has you beat, with the world record to prove it. - The Topeka Capital-Journal

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