The authenticity of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott's autograph on a recently released collection of trading cards has been called into question by a leading authenticator of collectible merchandise.
The autographs purported to be Prescott's on Panini's Prizm line of cards released didn't appear to match up to the prior signatures from the reigning AP offensive rookie of the year and looked mechanical, leading Beckett Grading Services staffers to conclude that an automated signature machine had likely been used.
"For every one of the cards to look so uniform was strange," Jeromy Murray, vice president of grading and authentication at Beckett Media, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "The cards didn't match up with what he had seen and, since we are based in Dallas, we have seen a lot of his Cowboys merchandise. That raised a red flag."
A representative for Panini said "the company is looking into it." The rep hung up the phone when USA TODAY Sports asked for the person's name.
Messages seeking comment from Prescott's representatives have not been returned.
Murray said Beckett reached out to Panini USA officials to relay concerns about the cards.
"We told them it looked like the cards were signed with an autopen," Murray said.
The particular card on question is not for sale on Panini's website, although the company has other Prescott autographed merchandise for sale, including a $599 card with signatures from Prescott and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
ESPN was the first to report the allegations regarding Prescott's trading cards.
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