Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Retired player. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Fan letter sent: May 15, 2009.
Autographs received: May 26 2009.
Fantastic! Harry Howell retired from playing over 30 years ago, and yet he still signs autographs for the fans. His autograph is among the nicest I have seen.
Howell used a blue Sharpie marker to sign my cards, personalizing them and adding his Hall of Fame induction year and jersey number 3.
He did keep one of the cards I sent--a 2005-06 ITG Heroes and Prospects card that showed a very young Howell from his days in junior hockey in the early 1950s. No complaints from me, though. Hopefully, he needed it for his own collection.
Not only does Howell take his time when signing, he even folded a piece of paper around my cards and taped it, so that the cards would not get jostled around on their return trip.
By the way, I got to point out the card of Howell as a California Seal. For some reason, I love this card. It's a nice portrait shot of a great player with a lousy team.
This is the second time I've written to him. The first time, about two years back, was also successful.