You should know the story by now:
Aging veteran latches on with Pirates, and is given bench spot for no apparent reason. After a couple terrible months, said player is released, never to be heard from in baseball-land again. In the mean time, said player fails to appear on any card.
Desperate blogger pulls hair out.
Craig Monroe was actually a guy I liked, and though I wasn't expecting much out of his Pirates tenure, he did deliver a couple memorable hits during his time in black and gold.
He currently works for Detroit's FSN station, and was kind enough to sign these cards. Even finding a decent photo of Monroe from his Pirate stay is tough, though I'll probably get one printed and signed at some point. But in the mean time, these cards are welcomed additions to the collection, and another player crossed off my list.