Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dak Prescott accused of using machine to 'sign' autographs for memorabilia

Dak Prescott accused of using machine to 'sign' autographs for memorabilia

And he's being accused of getting some help with them.

Beckett Grading Services, which evaluates and values trading cards, has refused to verify the Dallas Cowboys quarterback's signature in a recent card set.

"I immediately knew they were autopen", Grad told ESPN.

Steve Grad, principal authenticator of Beckett Grading Services, said his company personally looked at five autographed cards from collectors who received a Prescott autograph redemption in Panini's 2016 Prizm set. Grad told ESPN he's never heard of an athlete using the machine. "You could see the starts and stops".

The accusations come on the heels of renewed interest in a 2014 lawsuit against Manning and members of the Giants, alleging that the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and team staff knowingly passed off helmets to collectors as game-worn even though they were not in fact used in game action.

Former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott may be in a bit of hot water regarding his signature and some football cards.

We've reached out to Panini for comment, and will update this post if the company responds.

Autopen machines have been around since the early 19th century (Thomas Jefferson was an early adopter) as a way to quickly churn out multiple signatures.

The ESPN report says that Prescott may have never seen the cards, as blank labels and cards are often sent to marketing agents first.

The lesson here? Autographs on sports cards are dumb anyway.

As noted by ESPN's Darren Rovell, this is not the first time Panini has had some possible issues about autographs on their cards.

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