Press Pass fixes Keselowski autopen issue in Ignite


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With Press Pass’ new racing product 2012 Ignite  hitting the street, some collectors noticed something strange on Brad Keselowski’s autographed Ignite Ink cards.

It didn’t seem as though they were hand-signed — each was the same size with exact strokes and ink widths.

Unfortunately, Press Pass learned Keselowski’s autograph sheet – as opposed to individual cards – were signed using an autopen, which is a machine used for automatic signatures.

“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,” the company said in a press release.

Press Pass has said it will fix the problem. It is currently in the process of printing new cards and will have Keselowski re-sign an autograph sheet. The cards will be rebuilt with an authentic autograph and a swatch from a race-used fire suit.

Anyone who received of a Keselowski Ignite Ink autograph card is asked to send it in. Email for instructions on how to exchange your card.

In addition, each person will receive an Ignite Racing retail box and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to an upcoming race to watch Keselowski compete. (Need a Keselowski checklist or OPG? Click here.)

“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,” said the company statement. “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.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.


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  1. beepybeepy 7 May, 2012 at 19:56

    Plain and simple, no fans-no races, no races-no Keslowski, someones head is too big for his britches! His photo suggests it all, Johnny Cage.

  2. Jackie Martling 7 May, 2012 at 21:45

    Always makes you wonder if they’re “sorry” they made the error or “sorry” they got caught…..

  3. backupgoalie 7 May, 2012 at 22:41

    oh well, at least it was only nascar…
    not like thats even a sport…

  4. Fabio 8 May, 2012 at 05:40

    lame..and this brad something, he thinks he is such a superstar he can’t waste precious time signing his cards, poor thing..

  5. ddizzal 8 May, 2012 at 10:28

    im glad press pass stepped up and did the right thing and offered more in return to the customers, topps would have just replaced the card in 6-8 years

  6. Paul Stratmeyer 9 May, 2012 at 10:48

    Who’s to say this was Brads idea, it could very well have been someone on his P.R. team that concocted this idea. He may not have even known about it. I got him ttm about a year ago and I can tell it’s not an autopen ( I’ve been collecting for over 20 years so I know what autopen sigs look like) Let’s not be too quick to judge. As far as the photo goes, if you look at other drivers’ photos from this set as well they all are giving that attitude look. Its part of marketing the cards.

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