Panini doesn't seem to care what collectors really want and continues to take the easy way out despite having a less jammed release calendar that would seem to allow for the extra time required to produce a non-sticker auto chechcklist.
Topps has apparently decided to become competitive in this aspect of marketing as referenced by their post on their Twitter feed (@toppscards) which stated that 70% off all autographs in the new T-206 will be hard signed. What a welcome relief that is given the nature of the retro themed product. It actually should be a law. If you produce a retro themed product, you can only use hard signed autos.
Upper Deck has clearly made this a priority and is touting that as a key selling point of their products. The recently posted an image of an article (of which I have requested a pdf due to it being very difficult to read as a jpeg) on their Facebook page that lays out the statistical facts for their products.
In an industry that relies on consumer's discretionary income, it is imperative that manufacturers strive for a deliver value in every product. Collectors have made it clear which autograph format that value more and it is time that they all pursue this as aggressively as possible.