Yep, those Dak Prescott signatures don’t look real to us either.
That’s the message from the company at the center of the auto-pen autograph controvery surrounding the young star Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
Panini America, the company responsible for the 2016 NFL Prizm trading cards, admitted in a statement on Friday night that some of the Prescott autographs “may not be authentic.”
An authenticator at Beckett Grading Services threw a flag at the Panini cards featuring Prescott earlier this week and “immediately knew they were autopen.”
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“They had a very machine-line feel,” Beckett’s Steve Grad told ESPN. “You could see the starts and stops.”
Grad said he inspected five cards from Panini’s 2016 Prizm set.
“I’ve never heard a modern athlete doing this,” Grad added.
Panini conducted an internal probe after being called out by the authenticator and began recalling all of the Prescott autograph cards. The sports card company admits, though, that not all of the Prescott cards have been accounted for.
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In the statement, Panini said they will remanufacture all the cards “which Dak will sign to replace all the autograph cards within the Prizm collection.”
The new cards will feature a “special Dak Prescott hologram” so that buyers know they got the real thing.
It’s unclear if Prescott, who earned offensive rookie of the year honors last season after leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 regular season, ever saw the cards in question. According to the original ESPN report, requests for signatures are often sent to marketing agents first.
Prescott – who the company claims has legitimately signed thousands of trading cards during his rookie season – has not commented on the controversy. He did agree to a long-term extension with Panini this week, the company announced.
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