Collectors who’ve been waiting for the fulfillment of their 2016 Panini Prizm Dak Prescott autographs thought they’d gotten some good news recently. The cards they’d been waiting for since last fall were signed and on their way. Once images of those autos began showing up online, though, it appeared that they weren’t hand-signed. Prescott’s name and number look to have been signed on the cards by a machine.
Collectors in the Blowout Cards forum shared images of cards they’d received which showed obvious signs of an autopen style signature. Others indicated Beckett Grading had recently rejected their Prescott Prizm autographs and another member indicated Panini had actually placed a package recall on one of the cards that had already been shipped.
The issue cropped up at the beginning of what for many was a long holiday weekend and Panini had not addressed it as of Tuesday night.
The issue transpired less than a month after Falcons’ draft pick Takk McKinley’s Elite Draft Picks and Contenders Draft Picks cards were discovered to have been signed by someone else.
Exactly what transpired in Prescott’s case isn’t clear. Prescott’s success as a rookie has created a huge demand for his autographs and he has several other trading cards that are also awaiting his signature. Despite the best efforts of card companies, players–and their agents–are sometimes not as committed to getting those cards signed so the manufacturer can get them into the hands of collectors. Card companies say they’re no longer able to witness signings with every player.
The issue with Prescott could be complicated by the fact that the redemption cards have been selling online for months–often for sizeable amounts of money. While Panini could issue a recall and promise to replace the machine-signed Prescott autographs at no charge for those who received them or still hold redemptions, the news that they’re not hand-signed may not reach everyone and how long it might take to rectify the situation remains to be seen.
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