By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dallas Cowboys rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott has gotten almost all of the spotlight — on and off the field. But Dak Prescott, the quarterback of the future, is getting a lot of the wrong press now.
He’s being accused of using a machine to sign autographs. Panini America admitted there is truth to the accusations – and they have recalled the playing cards that were affected by the auto pen.
Despite Panini and Prescott saying there was an auto pen signing process, the Cowboys signal-caller and Panini agreed to a new long-term deal.
“Panini America executives and quarterback Dak Prescott met on Thursday to investigate in detail a limited quantity of Prescott-autographed trading cards that were issued as redemptions for Panini America’s 2016 Prizm trading card product,” the release said. “Last week after being contacted by an autograph authenticator and following an internal quality control process, Panini American officials determined 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.”
Prescott was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cowboys. After an impressive rookie season, he’s now their quarterback for at least the next decade.
His play forced the team to release long-time Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. In 16 games, including a 13-3 record, he had 3,667 passing yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions.
“It was also discovered that some of Prescott’s Prizm cards are still unaccounted for,” the statement said. “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.
“Panini is in the process of contacting the remaining customers affected and recalling the 2016 Prizm Football Prescott redemption cards to replace them. The company urges anyone offered a 2016 Prizm Dak Prescott autographed card not featuring the special hologram to contact Panini America immediately. On Thursday, Prescott and Panini America agreed to a long-term extension on his exclusive autographed trading card agreement to commit to delivering quality and authentic products to collectors. Prescott has autographed thousands of Panini America trading cards during his rookie season, has participated in multiple authenticated signing sessions and received additional card shipments throughout the year and returned them to Panini America to be incorporated into products. Prescott and his representatives have worked closely with Panini during this process since becoming aware of the discrepancies and have no knowledge of how those cards were returned to Panini.”