Dak Prescott is being accused of using a machine to sign his autograph for a memorabilia company instead of signing by hand.
Beckett Grading Services, which evaluates and values trading cards, has refused to verify the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s signature in a recent card set.
Steve Grad, principal authenticator at Beckett, said his company looked at five autographed cards from collectors who received Prescott autograph redemptions from Panini’s 2016 Prizm set.
”They had a very machine-like feel,” Grad said. “You could see the starts and stops.
Autopen autographs aren't uncommon for through-the-mail signatures. When the autopen autographs come directly from memorabilia companies, the customers lose faith in the product.
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.
When Panini sends cards or memorabilia to be signed by an athlete, it requires the athlete to sign an affidavit stating that what it is returning is genuine.
It's difficult to read articles like this without thinking of CGC's policy of not authenticating autographs that weren't witnessed. The sport card autograph industry needs a gold standard like this. Company reputation is no longer enough.