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But the real prize of this mailing might be the one card I had of him as a member of the Québec Nordiques, where the signature shines the brightest:
From Score's 1990-91 Score set (card #290), as he is about to enter his final season, having just passed Maurice ''The Rocket'' Richard on the all-time goals list (The Rocket remains ahead of him on the Montréal Canadiens' all-time goals scorers, though). One of my favourite uniforms of all sports.
I sent Lafleur these 5 cards and a fan letter on February 10th, 2012 (to his home) and got them back less than a week later, on the 16th, signed in magnificent blue sharpie with his legendary number (10) added on the end. He is class incarnate, still responding to fan mail in record time despite owning a helicopter business and two restaurants where he makes appearances daily.
As much as he is beloved, I think he gives back even more than he receives in that department. I don't think anyone other than Gary Carter and Jean Béliveau have ever given back so much love and time to the community.