We still don’t really know exactly how or why Dak Prescott delivered autopen signatures instead of the real deal when his 2016 Prizm football cards were returned to Panini America earlier this year, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has now put his genuine John Hancock on some fresh copies.
The incident caused a national stir in July when collectors who received what were instantly recognized as machine signed copies after turning in redemption cards they’d found inside Prizm packs. No one at Panini apparently realized the cards returned by Prescott were not hand signed. Panini then recalled some of the cards, going so far as to stop shipments already en route to 110 customers. A total of 167 other Prescott cards carrying what appear to be autopen signatures couldn’t be stopped and were delivered to customers who were offered the chance to return them to the company for replacement.
Prescott has never fully addressed the issue other than to say some cards “got lost” and his representatives claimed to have “no knowledge” of how the machine-signed cards wound up in Panini’s possession.
He did sign a new autograph deal with Panini in the aftermath of the saga, putting his name on hundreds of cards to fulfill redemptions and getting together again last week to sign the Prizm cards in front of what Panini says were “multiple” officials serving as witnesses. Panini has stressed the presence of company officials at each of the last two Prescott signing sessions.
The cards will be shipped to collectors who either received a non-genuine autograph or had theirs held back once they were discovered. Each card received a special Prescott hologram on the back immediately after it was signed.