The scan is hard to see, but this is an on card auto in dark blue ink. Beautiful card from an underrated prospect set.
Hanrahan revitalized his career in Pittsburgh after having control problems with the Nats. After figuring things out the Pirates made him their closer and the rest was history. After a couple successful seasons he was flipped to Boston. The trade worked out beautifully for the Pirates as they received Mark Melancon who had fallen out of favor. Melancon has turned himself into one of the best late inning relievers in baseball by utilizing the cutter taught to him by Mariano Rivera.
The Pirates have done a good job finding talent in the bullpen without breaking the bank. This allows them to let guys walk once free agency comes around to find other diamonds in the rough.
Thanks for all the great cards Tom. I'll keep on the lookout for some interesting Cubs cards to send you so we can keep the fun back and forth going.
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