Bob, KQ9J, I agree, they should allow the operator to apply their own endorsement buttons for the very reason you mentioned; then the "straightness" is up to you. While the League may believe they're doing you a favor by applying the buttons before it leaves HQ, it's up to someone at the League to apply those endorsements and they may have a lesser interest (or a "good enough" eye) in your award appearance than you. I also don't like that they put pre-positioned markers for the endorsements on the new design. An amateur may be perfectly content with a basic 5BDXCC, or one plus the WARC bands, or 160m, and/or 6m. However, unless he has endorsements all the way to 2m (what percentage of the DXCC population is THAT really going to be?), there will always be the glaring holes of the unfulfilled bands that he may not even have an interest in pursuing. If it were me, with my basic plus WARC bands (8BDXCC), I don't think I'd hang one of the new design plaques with the empty 6 & 2m band holes that I have no interest in pursuing (maybe 160 will come my way... some day hihi).