Pelé Cards, Rookie Cards, and Memorabilia Guide

Pelé

Date of Birth: 10/21/1940
Rookie Card Year:
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

Pelé is the greatest soccer player in history and a top ambassador for the modern game. Like Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and other greats in the respective sports, Pelé is synonymous with the worldwide awareness of soccer. While the soccer card market is still not as established as other sports, especially in the United States, cards and memorabilia for Pelé are very popular.

Although he spent nearly his entire playing career in his home country of Brazil, Pelé made good use of his World Cup appearances to establish his global recognition. Pelé helped lead Brazil to three World Cup titles and his club team, Santos FC, to multiple championships. He ended his professional playing career with the New York Cosmos.

Pelé has several early cards, but most are small regional productions, and were manufactured is various locations all around the world. Understandably, several originated in Brazil, and these are some of the most rare and valuable. Since there is no official card designated as his rookie, collectors are left to decide for themselves. Some of the options can be seen below, but this is by no means all the early Pelé cards. Also, more details on the top early Pelé cards can be seen here.

Until recently, collectors had very limited options for acquiring a certified authentic autograph from Pelé. Topps made this considerably more easy by including Pelé autographed cards in multiple 2012 and 2013 products. Autographed memorabilia options command strong values, but are not nearly as common.

Top Early Pelé Cards


Top eBay Listings

Vintage 1990 Panini World Cup HUGE 50 Pack Sticker Box! Look for PELE,MARADONA+
$24.99

2014 PRIZM WORLD CUP STARS COMPLETE SET (49) MESSI RONALDO PELE+
$59.99

PELE 2014 FUTERA UNIQUE MYTHICALS MYTH01 #10 10 JERSEY NUMBER BRAZIL UNUSED CODE
$300.00

PELE 2014 FUTERA UNIQUE MYTHICALS PLATED '1 OF 1' BRAZIL UNUSED CODE
$300.00

1984 Rothman - PELE - MINT to GEM MINT - BRAZIL World Cup Star BEST PLAYER EVER
$20.00

PANINI STICKER SOCCER PELE' BRAZIL CALCIATORI 1965 MINT SEALED RARE
$79.90

Sportkings Series B Complete 48 Card Set #49 to #108 Pele Vezina Montana
$49.99

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter N43 Autographs #N43AP Pele BGS 9.5 Auto 10
$999.00

ALBUM STICKERS MARADONA AND PELE 2009 100% COMPLETE PERU TODO SPORT EDIT RARE
$22.99

2008 SPORTKINGS SERIES B COMPLETE BASE SET 49-108 PALMER MONTANA HOGAN PELE
$400.00

2008 SPORTKINGS SERIES B MINI BASE SET 49-108 MONTANA ELWAY BEN HOGAN PELE
$1,000.00

2009 SPORTKINGS SERIES C COMPLETE BASE SET 109-160 MIKE TYSON SEABISCUIT PELE
$700.00

2009 SPORTKINGS SERIES C COMPLETE MINI BASE SET 109-160 TYSON PELE SEABISCUIT
$1,000.00

2009 Sport Kings Series C Pele Base Mini Silver SP 7
$149.99

1993 Soccer Shots Pele Promo Great Shape
$7.95

76)SI Kid SOCCER Rookie-Ronaldo Rooney Messi Neymar Dempsey Altidor Donovan Pele
$89.50
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Autograph Guide

Pelé Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Pelé's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.

Pelé Cut Signature Exemplar:

Pelé Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Pelé signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, regardless of the item signed or when it was signed. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature begins with an over-sized "P" and every letter is legible in the signature
  2.  The "P" includes a spiral top and the interiors resembles a  lowercase "E"
  3. The "L" is written more like a large lowercase "E" and tends to be the most variable of the letters
  4. The final "E" is smaller than the first and can resemble an "I" because of the accent mark, which is similar to a dot

Pelé Signed Soccer Ball Pricing:

Active Listings for Pelé Signed Soccer Ball

Pelé Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Pelé Signed Jerseys

Pelé Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Pelé Signed Photographs

Pelé Signed Book Pricing:

Active Listings for Official Pelé Signed Limited Edition Autobiography

 

Top eBay Listings

PELE FULL SIZE SOCCER SHIRT JERSEY SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$350.10

Pele Signed 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's #130 PSA DNA AUTO Soccer HOF
$102.50

Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Nike Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$346.27

Pele " Edson Pele " Full Name Signed Brazilian Soccer Team Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$484.78

Pele Signed Brazil Authentic Autographed 7x10 Photo (PSA DNA) #T58744
$249.99

PELE & CRISTIANO RONALDO DUAL SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP RARE
$699.99

PELE Signed Autographed Brazil Soccer Jersey PSA DNA COA (#V56562)
$399.00

Pele Signed 1975 Sports Illustrated Full Magazine. New York Cosmos. PSA COA
$395.00

EDSON PELE SIGNED BRAZIL WORLD CUP CHAMPS FRAMED ORIGINAL PRESS PHOTO JSA COA
$169.00

PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH BRAZIL SOCCER LEGEND CLASSIC IMAGE 11X14 PHOTO JSA Y51478
$375.00

Signed Pele Brazil Autographed Brazilian National Flag - Mounted Memories COA
$404.96

Pele Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo JSA Authentic
$279.99

Pele Signed Autographed 11 x 14 Photo JSA Authentic
$279.99

Pele Signed Nike Brasil Autographed Soccer Jersey PSA DNA #L63623
$599.99

Pele Why Soccer Matters Signed Hardcover Book PSA DNA COA Autograph Brazil
$249.99

Pele Autographed Signed Brazil Soccer Ball PSA DNA #X56161
$399.00
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More Info

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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