Dallas Cowboys quarterback has a batch of autographed cards recalled, under suspicion of using an automated machine.
ESPN has reported that a set of football cards, supposedly signed by thesecond-year quarterback has come under scrutiny.
Beckett Grading Services, which evaluates and values trading cards, has refused to verify the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s signature in a recently produced set of cards.
Steve Grad, principal authenticator at Beckett, stated his company reviewed five autographed cards from collectors who received Prescott autograph redemptions from Panini’s 2016 Prizm collection.
“They had a very machine-like feel,” Grad said. “You could see the starts and stops.”
The lack of a natural flow associated with organic signatures led to Grad’s conclusion that they were done by an autopen, a machine often used by politicians have used to sign documents in bulk.
“I immediately knew they were autopen,” Grad said. “I’ve never heard of a modern athlete doing this.”
It’s possible that Prescott never saw the cards, as blank labels to be signed and even cards themselves are often sent to marketing agents first.
Panini asks that all athletes sign an affidavit stating that all cards or memorabilia being returned are genuine.
The exact card in question is not shown for sale on Panini’s website. However, the site has other Prescott autographed merch for sale, including a $599 card with signatures from Prescott and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.