Authenticator accuses NFL star of marketing fake autographs


Dak Prescott, also known as the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, is being accused of using a machine to sign his autograph on memorabilia instead of signing by hand.

Beckett Grading Services, which assesses and values trading cards, has refused to verify Prescott’s signature in a recent card set.

Steve Grad, principal authenticator at Beckett, said his company took a close look at five autographed cards from collectors who received Prescott autograph redemption’s from Panini’s 2016 Prizm set.

“They had a very machine-like feel”, Grad stated. “You could see the starts and stops.”

The lack of natural flow related with organic signatures led to Grad’s conclusion that they were done by autopen, a machine used by politicians to sign documents in bulk since the late 1950s.

“I immediately knew they were autopen,” Grad said. “I’ve never heard of a modern athlete doing this.”

It is feasible that Prescott never saw the cards, as blank labels to be signed and even cards themselves are usually sent to marketing agents first.

When Panini sends cards or memorabilia to be signed by an athlete, it demands the athlete to sign an affidavit stating that what it is returning is authentic.

An effort to reach Prescott, his agent Jeff Guerreiro and his marketing agent Peter Miller were not successful. Messages left for Panini officials also went unreturned.

In May, Panini stated it had discovered that some of the autographed cards of Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley were not really signed by him.

The company vowed to send genuine autographs to customers who returned their signed McKinley cards.

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