What's even more amazing is that Erickson kept meticulous records of every car he owned.
A man residing in Minnesota who died this past year left a collection of cars that toy collectors and automotive enthusiasts alike would probably consider the holy grail - over 30,000 vehicles, both real and in model form, lining every square inch of his house. Not only that, the religious man - who was an only child with no wife or children - left the entire collection to his church.
Dennis Erickson, who was an usher at Celebration Church, died in his sleep back in March, and when members of the church visited his home, they found model cars virtually everywhere. Whether it was the living room, kitchen, or even the laundry room, if there was space, there were cars.
Lisa Lundstrom handles Celebration Church's finances, and told KARE 11 News that the collection of cars could fetch money that's well into the six digits.
In a video provided by the KARE 11 news station, a visit to the garage shows there were even some real vehicles in Erickson's collection, including a 1959 Edsel Villager, a 1966 Rambler, and a 1977 Bonneville that was signed over to Glen Lindale, who was a road trip buddy of Erickson's.
Lisa Lundstrom handles Celebration Church's finances, and told KARE 11 News that the collection of cars could fetch money that's well into the six digits. Who they sell the cars to is another question altogether, though. The collection is also being considered one of the largest in the entire world.
What's even more amazing is that Erickson kept meticulous records of every car he owned. Beyond that, he went so far as to write notes about how certain cars - yes, even the model versions - had to be maintained. As you can see in the video, the cars weren't strewn about haphazardly. They were lined up in an orderly fashion - not that that makes sifting through them any easier.
We would love to have chatted with Erickson while he was alive, to see what started his car obsession, and to hear more about what made him tick. Here's hoping the church gets top dollar for the collection - KARE 11 News says the money will go toward the remodel of the church's youth facilities.