Dak Prescott emerges squeaky clean in autograph case, despite some controversy

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott was in the news for the wrong reasons when a story broke that some of his trading cards might feature have his authentic signature. Prescott was accused of using an autograph machine to sign some of the cards, which would most certainly not be good for business (full details here).

Fast forward a few days and the trading card company, Panini America, issued a press release in which it has admitted that “a small quantity of Prescott autographs received for 2016 Prizm Football may not be authentic.”

“As an immediate precaution, Panini America began recalling all Prizm Football Dak Prescott autograph cards, stopping deliveries to 110 customers. Not all shipments were able to be recalled, however, and 167 cards were ultimately delivered to customers.

“It was also discovered that some of Prescott’s Prizm cards are still unaccounted for.  Panini has committed to remanufacturing all the Dak Prescott Prizm Football cards, which Dak will sign to replace all the autograph cards within the Prizm collection.  All the remanufactured cards for the Prizm collection autographed by Prescott will feature a special Dak Prescott hologram to differentiate the new cards.”

Despite the faux pas, Panini America also announced a long-term agreement with Prescott in the press release. In addition, Panini America completely vindicated Prescott as having “no knowledge of how those cards were returned to Panini.”

It remains to be seen if this is the last we’ll hear about this potential autograph scandal, or if it’s just the beginning.