WARNING: Missing Autographs In ’18 Panini Illusions Football

Last night while browsing through the card topics of the day on Twitter, I came across something interesting.

Apparently some of the cards coming out of 2018 Panini Illusions Football contain Panini’s autograph certification message on the back, but lack the actual autograph itself.  Contacting Panini wondering how you can get your autograph hasn’t brought the happiest of news either.  According to those who have talked to Panini on this, you won’t be eligible for an autograph.  These cards were never intended to be autographed, but somehow received Panini’s COA printed on the back.  Its an error.  Some of the players this has happened to include Baker Mayfield, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Randy Moss.  Just doing a quick search on eBay shows even more.  From what I’ve seen, this error applies to the Living LegendsIllusionists, and Mystique inserts.

Please be aware of what you’re buying.  It wouldn’t take much for a scammer to forge a signature on the front, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing.  That COA easily opens the door for people to do this.

You have to admit that its pretty ironic that something like this happened with a product called Illusions.

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Q & A – 2008 UD Masterpieces Football Missing Card Numbers & Errors?

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Question:  I have been putting together the 2008 Upper Deck Masterpiece football set numbered 1-110.  I printed the check list off of Upper Deck’s web site and found that the set is skip numbered, but could not figure out a rhyme or reason that they did this.  I was curious if you knew why?  The numbers that they skipped are 45, 59, 70, and 100.  I have noticed that there are some errors on cards like just printing the artists name instead of “Artist: XXXX”( #84 Tom Brady) and that they capitalized Artist on the base cards but when it came to the time warps and SP Rookies they did not.  Then again maybe I am looking into things way too much or it was Upper Deck’s mistake in trying to get the cards to the public in haste after it was pushed back.  Any light you could shed on the subject would be appreciated.

Answer:  Those missing card numbers from the checklist indicate that those specific cards were never produced.  The word “Artist” being capitalized on some cards, and not on others is probably and error on Upper Deck’s part.  Upper Deck Masterpieces is a “set builders” product, meaning when you have a lot of cards with multiple parallels to produce, there are bound to be some mistakes made.  Sometimes these mistakes truly happen by accident, and other times I believe card manufacturers do it on purpose to create a buzz about their product.  Thanks for the question, and please keep reading Sports Card Info.