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


Top eBay Listings

2014 Leaf Q Pele Silver Pure Plastic Auto Autograph On Card Brazil
$122.50

2014 Futera Unique PELE 1960s Game Worn Jersey 09 11 - Unused Code - BRAZIL
$300.00

1997 Edigamma I Grandi Campioni Dello Sport 43 Pele PSA 4 VG-EX Soccer Card
$22.49

1969 Victoria Vedetten Parade 356 Pele Brazil PSA 2 Soccer Card Pop 2, 2 Higher
$67.99

1975-85 Poulain Serie 44 Grands Noms Du Sport 15 Pele PSA 4 VG-EX Pop 1, 1 Highr
$74.99

1965 Sicker-Verlag Bundesliga 315 Pele Brazil PSA 4 VG-EX NQ Pop 1 None Higher
$219.99

2 Pele Sportcaster Cards Soccer Football Brazil Cosmos 1970 World Cup
$6.99

PELE - OLD AND EXTRA RARE ITALY ISSUE 1960 BY STELLA
$22.55

PELE' - ITALY ISSUE 1986 BY FLASH - MINT CONDITION
$5.00

PELE' - ITALY ISSUE 1980 BY PANINI - EXTRARARE , IN EXTRAGOOD CONDITION
$5.00

1991 Pele Soccer Shots Promotional Card
$14.95

1984 Rothman -- ZICO -- MINT to GEM MINT -- BRAZIL World Cup Star "White Pele"
$5.00

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

**Pele** PSA 6 EXMT early original card! 1962 D.C. Thomson Cup Tie Stars Soccer
$83.10

FANTASTIC COMPLETE SET FIFA WORLD CUP WINNERS PANINI (PELE MARADONA)
$99.00

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter - Pele Mini Framed Auto - BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5!!!
$610.00
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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 SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY SHIRT AUTHENTIC PSA DNA ITP BRAZIL BRASIL
$499.99

Edson Pele Autographed Signed Postcard PSA DNA #U58710
$229.00

Auto Signed Autograph Pele' Custom Stitched Jersey GAI Certified Brazil Brasil
$177.50

Pele Autographed Signed CBD Brazil 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #4A63584
$299.00

PELE FULL SIZE SOCCER SHIRT JERSEY SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$389.00

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

Autographed Signed PELE Brazil Soccer Shorts Pants Trunks GAI GA Global COA
$26.88

Autographed Signed PELE Brazil Brasil Black Soccer Jersey GAI GA Global COA
$88.00

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

EDSON PELE SIGNED FRAMED BRAZIL NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY STEINER COA
$599.00

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

Pele " Edson Pele " Full Name Signed Brazilian Soccer Team Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$510.29

Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Nike Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$364.49

EDSON PELE SIGNED BRAZIL WORLD CUP CHAMPS FRAMED ORIGINAL PRESS PHOTO JSA COA
$189.00

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

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