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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WARNING: Keselowski ’12 Ignite Autos

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Press Pass issued the following statement yesterday that pertains to the Brad Keselowski autographs found in 2012 Press Pass Ignite.  Apparently there was a mistake and they were not hand-signed.  Instead the were signed with an autopen.  If you pull a Keselowski autograph from ’12 Ignite, be sure to follow the instructions on how to get your card replaced.

“As many of you know, last week was the official release of Press Pass’ newest NASCAR trading card release – 2012 Press Pass Ignite Racing.  We are very excited about this new product, and hope you will share in our excitement once you experience the product.

We are aware of rumors which surfaced last week about Brad Keselowski’s autographs in this product appearing not be hand-signed.  It appears there was an accident related to the autograph sheets (as opposed to traditional autograph cards) that were sent to Brad to be signed for Ignite and unfortunately they were mistakenly mishandled and signed with an autopen.  Press Pass takes authenticity very seriously, and we want our collectors to know that we would never intentionally put autographs into our products that were not authentic hand-signed signatures.

We are confident that this is an isolated incident and that no other autographs from any driver in Ignite or any of our other products are affected.  Press Pass has also reached out to the drivers and team representatives and reiterated internally the importance of following the proper procedures to ensure that all autographs are authentic.

We are all eager to correct this error as quickly as possible.  Press Pass will be sitting down with Brad within the next few weeks to have the autograph sheets re-signed.  Press Pass has also begun the process of having new cards printed, and each card will be rebuilt with the authentic autograph and a prime swatch of race-used firesuit from Brad.

In addition, everyone who received one of the Brad Keselowski Ignite Ink autographed cards and sends it in will also receive a retail box of 2012 Ignite Racing (a $20 value).  Plus, your name will be entered to win a trip for two to an upcoming race to watch Brad race in person!

If you have received one of the Brad Keselowski Ignite Ink autographed cards, please contact us at info@presspassinc.com.  We will provide you with instructions for redeeming your card.

We thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and we appreciate your patience as we worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  Thanks to all of our loyal customers for your continued support.  We want to be fully transparent with this situation, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.”

Out Of Control Warning Labels

Earlier this year I talked about how boxes of ’09 Allen & Ginter come with a warning label informing people of the choking hazards these cards supposively have.  All I can picture in my head is some nut sitting at his desk and eating one of those mini cards that come in each pack.  Last night I saw another example of warning labels being used to the extreme while busting a few packs of ’09 Donruss Threads Football.  On the front of each pack it states “Ages: 9+”.  What is so dangerous about ’09 Donruss Threads that they don’t think a kid under the age of 9 should open it?  All around The Hobby you hear collectors and manufacturers saying they wish more kids would start collecting.  How the hell are they suppose to do that when the products contain labels telling them they aren’t old enough to open them?  Warning labels have their place in the world, but putting them on products like this is just out of control.  Does anybody else find this weird?

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Allen & Ginter’s WARNING Label

Well its official.  This year’s Allen & Ginter is out and collectors are going nuts over it as always.  Each year A&G has something new to offer collectors.  This year one of the biggest things I’ve noticed doesn’t deal with the cards at all, but instead its the box.  Maybe its just me, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen a choking hazard sign on the front of a box before.

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Does anyone else find this a little disturbing?  Were that many people trying to eat the mini cards which made Topps have to put a WARNING label on the box?  I guess you can’t blame collectors for wanting to take a bite.  Just look at the cereal I’ve been eating for years 🙂

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