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


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SOCCER SHOTS MAYOR SOCCER LEAGUE SERIES 1991 PREMIERE EDITION PELE' CARD NEW
$5.11
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2014 LEAF POP CENTURY LIVE SIGNATURES PELE AUTO RARE AUTOGRAPH 7
$299.99
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Pele'1989 NEWFIELD PUBLICATIONS SPORTS PAGES "The History of Soccer" - Mint
$9.95
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2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Brasil "PELE WORLD CUP STARS " BRASIL LEGEND...
$5.99
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2013 Allen & Ginter's Lot(Pele, Marley, Roswell, Zodiac, Hamilton, Heath...)
$5.99
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars SET 49 Baggio,Pele,Messi,Neymar,Ronaldo,Rooney
$60.00
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Pele 2014 Panini FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm Blue Refractor 003 199 !!!
$7.33
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Pele 1990 Sports illustrated kids card
$5.00
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(36) RONALDO PELE BAGGIO SURAEZ ROONEY NEUER PIRLO LOT 36 INSERT PRIZM WORLD CUP
$46.00
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PELE from '50s vintage original card - look !!! ( pelè) Brazil
$49.00
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Lot Of 87 Very Rare Soccer Cards (Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Cafu. Beckenbauer MORE
$30.00
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2014 Futera Pele Memorable 016 111 Unused Code Brazil
$15.59
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PELE' MEXICO 70 Panini World Cup Story 1970
$7.99
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, World Cup Stars Lot. Messi, Ronaldo, Pele, and More
$15.00
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SOCCER, PELE: Complete Set of 49 Scarce German POLY Cards (1971)
$9.95
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2014 Futera Unique Mythicals #MYTH01 Pele 4 10 Brazil 1960's Game Used Jersey
$1,199.99
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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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Official Pelé Signed Autobiography Image

 

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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 AUTO SIGNED 1969 STAMPS EDSON BGS JSA COA RARE AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE SOCCER
$249.99
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PELE 1993 SOCCER SHOTS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD SOCCER LEGEND JSA CERTIFIED!
$199.95
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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 16x20 " Bicycle Kick " Photo AUTO PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$120.50
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PELE SIGNED BRAZIL NATIONAL CLUB 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
$299.95
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PELE signed 8x10 B&W photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL BRASIL
$224.99
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PELE signed 4x6 color photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL
$199.99
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Pele Signed Brazil Yellow #10 CBD Soccer Authentic Jersey Shirt RARE PSA DNA
$599.99
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PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY SHIRT AUTHENTIC PSA DNA ITP BRAZIL BRASIL
$699.99
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Edson Pele Autographed Signed Postcard PSA DNA #U58710
$229.00
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Pele Autographed Signed CBD Brazil 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #4A63584
$299.00
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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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