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Prescott: 'no knowledge' how football cards have machine-made autographs

Associated Press Published: July 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Panini America officials have determined that a small quantity of autographs from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott received for 2016 Prizm Football may not be authentic, the company said in a statement released Friday night.

ESPN and Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday on Panini's actions.

The statement also said that Prescott and his representatives "have no knowledge" of how autographs apparently produced by autopen (which politicians use to sign items in bulk, according to ESPN) ended up on some of his trading cards.

Panini's make-good effort comes after Prescott was caught up in a whiff of scandal. ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported Thursday that Beckett Grading Services was refusing to verify the second-year quarterback's signature in the card set.

Panini's statement said that "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."

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Also from the statement, "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."

Prescott and Panini also on Thursday agreed to a long-term extension on his exclusive autographed trading card agreement.

And to emphasize that Prescott has been signing, the company said, "Prescott has autographed thousands of Panini America trading cards during his rookie season."

Chiefs promote Brett Veach to GM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have promoted co-director of player personnel Brett Veach to general manager.

The appointment was announced Monday, about 2° weeks after Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt surprisingly fired John Dorsey, their GM of the past four years. Head coach Andy Reid's contract was extended that same day.

Veach has begun his fifth season with the Chiefs, having spent his first two years with the team as a pro and college personnel analyst. He started his career in the NFL in Philadelphia, with three seasons as the assistant to Reid and three more as a scout for the Eagles.

The Chiefs will introduce Veach at a July 24 news conference.

Veach, a native of Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, was a wide receiver and kickoff returner in college at Delaware.


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