The Howie Kendrick autograph signing at Alhambra Nissan was almost like a last minute autograph event. AM 570 barely announced the event on Wednesday through the radio, which caused me to call ahead of time to confirm the event's time frame. When I called, the employee confirmed that the signing was going to be on its scheduled date from 10:30 - 11:30 in the morning. Now that I knew that the signing was taking place, I was glad to take such an opportunity to go and get another Topps Heritage card signed for my set.
When I woke up at 7:00 in the morning, I checked my Instagram account (because that's what I usually do) and saw from a guy that I followed that people were already at the event. I then responded by pretty much getting ready to take off with my father after drinking our cup of coffee, so that we could find some parking and a spot in the line. Now from the start of our arrival, my fear about getting parking was confirmed due to the location the Nissan was from residency. A good number of parking from the nearby residential street and business lots were taken by signers, but my dad barely succeeded in getting parking. The same could not be said for those who parked across the street at the Chase Bank because the locals essentially complained about everyone parking over there and got the cops to threaten them with tickets. This is just one of those signings where the number of people waiting surpassed the vicinity of the autograph location.
Anyway, the amount of people did not disjoint my ability to wait until Howie arrived for his signing. Only one factor hindered my comfort in waiting in line: the August heat wave that was building up as the morning gradually passed by. Thankfully, there were a couple of shade spots that I utilized before the employees constructed the line in a proper manner close to the entrance, minutes before the signing, so that we could get out of said weather. As the signing started, it went at a modest gradual pace, with people getting their respective items signed and happily greeting the Dodgers second baseman.
My father and I entered the dealership to get our autographs with twenty minutes left in the signing. I gave Kendrick my card to get signed in blue sharpie. On a side note, the signing only provided black sharpies for anyone wanting a card or photo signed, so it was a good idea for me to bring my own markers since blue is a better preference to sign cards. This is the ninth Topps Heritage card I have gotten signed for this year's set.
My father helped me out with getting Howie to sign a 2011 All Star Game baseball underneath the logo to close our stay at the event. I am glad that another free event was provided by some company who took the initiative to make it worthwhile so the fans could get their necessary items signed and meet a respected player like Howie. Thank you Howie for coming out to sign for all fans alike and thanks to all who were involved in today's event. More importantly, thank you for reading and have a good day.