Dak Prescott accused of using machine to sign his autograph

Dak Prescott is a lot more popular today than many would’ve imagined after the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 National Football League draft.And he’s being accused of getting some help with them.Beckett Grading Services, a company that authenticates and values trading cards, has not verified a set of signed Prescott cards because it believes the cards were signed by a machine and not by Prescott himself, according to an ESPN report.Panini said card collectors who received those cards would receive authentic signatures. Grad told ESPN he’s never heard of an athlete using the machine. Steve Grad, principal authenticator of Beckett Grading Services, says the cards “had a very machine like feel, you could see the starts and stops”. “We know that autographs are not always going to look the same but these just didn’t look right to us so we had our autograph authentication guys (BAS) take a look at the signatures”. Panini has not been able to be reached to comment on the current Prescott situation yet. The machines are mainly used by celebrities responding to voluminous autograph requests via mail.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.It’s hardly the first time Panini has been accused of either shoddy work or shady practices.The lesson here? Autographs on sports cards are dumb anyway. Manning’s three-year-long battle with a memorabilia fraud lawsuit was re-kindled in April when an email was obtained apparently showing Manning asking for helmets that could pass as game-used. Below, are two cards supposedly signed by hand by Prescott, one of which is not being fully authenticated by Beckett.Panini told customers to return the cards in exchange for ones with authentic autographs.