Off-Takk: Takkarist McKinley Didn’t Sign All of His 2017 Contenders Draft and Elite Draft Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Contenders Draft and 2017 Elite Draft both have Takkarist McKinley autograph cards on their checklists. But there’s a problem — the signatures don’t all belong to the Atlanta Falcons first round pick.

In a statement released on Panini’s blog, they confirmed that somebody else signed at least some on his behalf.

“While this is an extremely unfortunate situation, Panini America officials have agreed to work with McKinley and his representatives to rectify the issue by offering to replace any McKinley autograph cards from the aforementioned products with versions featuring authentic McKinley signatures,” part of the statement said.

2017 Contenders Draft Picks Takkarist McKinley Autograph Cracked Ice

Collectors can send their Takkarist McKinley autograph cards from both products to:

Panini America
Takkarist McKinley Auto Replacement
5325 FAA Boulevartd, Suite 100
Irving, Texas 75061

McKinley autographs are not on the 2017 Score Football checklist.

The defensive end does have autographs in 2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft and 2017 Leaf Draft. Both have since confirmed with that the signatures on their cards are authentic.

Leaf’s Brian Gray spoke with McKinley’s representatives following Panini’s announcement. Gray said that the potential issue arose for signatures acquired after McKinley had shoulder surgery on the arm that he writes with.

SAGE said that the situation was the same with the signatures on their cards, which were also signed prior to his surgery.

Takkarist McKinley Leaf Sage Autographs

McKinley isn’t the first person to not actually. In 2012, it was discovered that hockey’s Devante Smith-Pelly originally used a rubber stamp for his cards from Panini and Upper Deck. A similar situation happened a couple of years later with Katie Cassidy autographs in Cryptozoic’s Supernatural Seasons 1-3 release.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Mark 6 May, 2017 at 07:28

    I guess he was too busy carrying around a large picture of his grandmother and cursing up a storm on national TV to do what he was actually supposed to do.

  2. Michael L Pereira 7 May, 2017 at 05:39

    Is it even a signature? I know that players have to sign alot of stuff so their auto, so they start shortcutting to save energy. But this one of the things I hate most about the hobby. You get a great looking card and then it has “TAKK” written on it. Worst I’ve seen is Carlos Dunlap’s he just put “CD”. You can really tell which players have some class and which just wants that check. Sorry to sound old, but if my kid signed their name like that it would insult me. Take pride in your name and that you have fans and sign your God dam name. I assuming his signature on that fat check doesn’t look like that.

  3. Richard 8 May, 2017 at 15:13

    I remember some idiot had his girlfriend sign cards for him the 90’s. Nothing new, laziness abounds. This is why you are supposed to have impartial witnesses to these things if you “must” use stickers.

  4. Gene 9 May, 2017 at 21:19

    This is precisely why topps spends the money and sends a representative to get the signatures from the athlete.

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