Seth MacFarlane Uses Auto-Pen for Orville Autograph Cards


Seth MacFarlane autographs in 2020 Rittenhouse The Orville Archives Autograph Edition aren’t actual signatures. The actor and creator of the show used auto-pen on his cards, which were one of the main attractions in the product.

2020 Rittenhouse Orville Archives Seth MacFarlane Auto-Pen

On November 19, Rittenhouse’s Steve Charendoff confirmed the news in a statement on the company’s message board:

It’s come to my attention that The Orville Archives – Autograph Card Edition includes cards signed by Seth MacFarlane with an auto-pen. We regret not catching this before the packs were shipped out, and we completely understand the concerns that customers have with cards signed in this way. We are working on a solution to this situation and expect to have more guidance and direction for you shortly. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

At this point, holding onto the cards and waiting to see what Rittenhouse’s solution for the issue is is the easiest option for those impacted. What Rittenhouse’s solution will be is not yet known, but they’re working on it.

MacFarlane’s autograph was inserted every other pack. With a 300-pack production run, that suggests that there are 150 copies of the auto-pen card.

MacFarlane has signed for a couple of other sets without issue in the past including the first Orville release in 2019.



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. Ryan 24 November, 2020 at 05:41

    just another Dak Prescott who was too good to be bothered to do a few signatures and instead spends like 10k buying a freaking autopen, all to avoid doing the bare minimum he could for the fans of his who allow him to financially wealthier than all the collectors he screwed put together.

  2. goblue98 25 November, 2020 at 10:25

    Right on @Ryan. That’s pure laziness on his part, especially if he’s signed before for the card companies. That’s a slap in the face for his fans.

  3. Tardis 26 November, 2020 at 01:47

    I was finally able to get one card from MacFarlane :( :(
    I bought mine from ebay and now this ???
    Rittenhouse is getting worst with the last products …

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