A Chicago sports memorabilia collector shows off incredible fan cave
If someone described what a fan cave is all about, Corey McEnerney’s home fits the bill.
McEnerney, truly shows off his collection of Chicago sports in his home in Palatine, Ill. This was no small project to take on for McEnerney — it’s a project six years in the making. As McEnerney showed Marquee’s own Tony Andracki his fan cave, you are immersed in a display of items from the moment you walk downstairs with Cubs photos, Bears helmets, baseballs, Bulls jerseys and even a signed Clark Griswold hockey jersey from Chevy Chase.
As the tour continued, Andracki noticed a giant Ryne Sandberg flag that’s hung up toward the back of the basement.
“That is my game flown Ryne Sandberg flag. It actually flew at Wrigley during the 2018 season. I actually won it at the Cubs Convention playing Cubs Bingo so I got really lucky,” McEnerney said. “Then I drove all the way down to Hoopseton, Ill. for a Sandberg signing and he scripted it out for me. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my collection.”
Continuing on in the tour, McEnerney showed off his massive 2016 World Series baseball collection in the corner of his fan cave.
“I have over 160 signed World Series logo baseballs from 2016. We’re starting with the entire team. Most of them have inscriptions then it goes to the 40-man roster, coaches, then I have umpires and celebrities. Then I have first pitch, national anthem followed by my Cy Young signed baseballs, no-hitters, coach of the year and Rookie of the Year going into the Gold Glove and then the Wrigley Field logo baseballs,” McEnerney listed on his wall.
If you thought McEnerney’s baseball collection was impressive, McEnerney showed off his immaculate Bears helmet collection toward the end of his tour. Within his display are 15 helmets that are designed form different styles and autographed by former and current Bears players.
“How it works is the alternate helmets are here from Riddell and in the middle are the authentic Bears pro line style helmets. There are hall of famers in the first two helmets, the middle one is a project that’s my legacy of linebacker helmets. So I have all the famous linebackers, followed by Dan Hampton, and then I’ve got the new rookie [Jack] Sanborn,” McEnerney said.
Watch the full fan cave feature with Corey McEnerney above.