Pelé Cards, Rookie Cards, and Memorabilia Guide

Pelé

Date of Birth: 10/21/1940
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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


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SOCCER, PELE: Complete Set of 49 Scarce German POLY Cards (1971)
$7.50
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2008 Sportkings Spring Expo Pele & Freddy Adu jersey #D8 9 *36013
$81.99
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1979 VENORLANDUS--OUR HEROES--31 DIFFERENT..PELE,PLAYER,KORBUT,ANDRETTI,BORG
$9.99
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2009 OFFASON SWEDISH PLAYING CARD #10S pele lindburgh flyers GMA 10
$6.49
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PELE WORLD CUP SOCCER SUPERSTAR 1977 FOCUS ON SPORTS CARD NEW YORK COSMOS
$5.00
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Lot of 7 1966 Aral Soccer Postcards Pele, Schon, Charlton, Schnellinger Germany
$19.99
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1971 BARRATT & cO #30 PELE **PSA 8**
$52.99
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Pele RC - Platinum Superfractor Refractor Rookie - Serial #1 1 One of One RARE
$11.55
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Brazil 1970 Pele Soccer Cards Set Framed (Modern Black Frame)
$33.67
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Brazil 1970 Pele Soccer Cards Set Framed (Traditional Brown Frame)
$33.67
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Braziliant Pele Soccer Cards Set Framed (Traditional Brown Frame)
$33.67
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Braziliant Pele Soccer Cards Set Framed (Modern Black Frame)
$33.67
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1990 Sports Illustrated Jr. soccer card PELE "Legend" Brazil National Team #120
$19.99
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1991 Soccer Shots PELE #101 soccer MINT Ultra Rare Insert
$19.99
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1962 Saim Moncalieri - Brazil w PELE in photo - BVG 5.5 -- rare cardboard back
$125.00
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PELE DIGITAL AUTHENTIC SCI CUT REPRINT SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 1 1
$11.99
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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:

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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:

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Pelé Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Pelé Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Pelé Signed Book Pricing:

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Pele Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo "Good Luck" Vintage PSA DNA #V57455
$229.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO BICYCLE KICK BLUE PSA DNA ID #77860
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #77878
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO BICYCLE KICK EDSON PSA DNA ID #77876
$399.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO "3X WC CHAMPS" PSA DNA ID #77877
$449.00
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Pele Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY Soccer HOF
$142.50
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Pele Signed Autographed OML Baseball w Rare Full Named Edison Pele PSA DNA
$599.99
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Pele Soccer Signed Autographed Auto World Cup PSA DNA 83497892
$199.00
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PELE Pelé AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL BRASIL FLAG FULL SIZE SOCCER BALL PSA DNA
$399.00
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PELE soccer legend REAL hand SIGNED young Brazil photo BOLD JSA LOA
$349.99
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Pele " Edson Pele " Full Name Signed Brazilian Soccer Team Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$699.07
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL COPA MUNDO SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$499.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL COPA MUNDO JERSEY "REI PELE" PSA DNA
$699.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL COPA MUNDO JERSEY "EDSON" PSA DNA
$699.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL COPA MUNDO JERSEY "3X W.C. CHAMP" PSA DNA
$699.00
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Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey PSA DNA COA
$495.95
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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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