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

PSA 4 PELE AND THE COSMOS Sportscaster Soccer Card #57-07
$35.00

2014 LEAF Q Pele Soccer Pure Glass AUTO Autograph Signed Brazil BGS 9 World Cup
$269.99

1984 Rothmans #NNO Pele BVG BGS 9 Mint.This was a PSA 10 #30750939.Cheap Money
$19.99

Pele soccer card sticker Glorias E Trofeus De Pele #275 Original
$8.00

Pele : Brazil : Limited Edition UK soccer card 1998
$24.99

SUPER RARE FUTERA UNIQUE 2014 PELE MYTHICALS MEMO JERSEY MYTH01 03 10 BRAZIL
$1,000.00

PSA 8 PELE DRIBBLING Sportscaster Soccer Card #50-19
$100.00

1991 Tuff Stuff Jr. Sports Price Guide Card Magazine Pele Barry Sanders Seles
$6.44

2013 Allen Ginter mini insert A&G back Pele 130
$8.75

PELE BRAZIL Rookie Soccer 1997 Edigamma I Grandi Campioni Dello Sport
$8.99

COMPLETE SET FIFA WORLD CUP WINNERS PANINI (PELE MARADONA) NOT ROOKIE CARD
$85.00

2006-07 Panini WCCF KOLE Pele King of Legends Gold Foil card Brazil RARE !!!
$79.99

RARE PELE FRENCH CARD POULAIN COLLECTOR BRASIL FOOTBALL
$5.00

SUPERSPORT EDITION MEXICO N.16 LUGLIO 1970 WITH PELE AND RIVERA
$400.00

2003 Futera World Cup 6 cards WORLD GREATS set Best Cantona Maradona Pele Moore
$30.00

RARE: 2 Trading Cards World Cup 1966 Brasil - Bulgaria 2:0 Pele MINT Kunold
$25.00
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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 Baseball MLB Brasil World Cup The King Psa Dna COA 1 Of A Kind Rare
$399.99

PELE SOCCER LEGEND PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BOOKPLATE RARE L@@K
$250.00

Pele Brazil Bicycle Kick Soccer Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo PSA DNA U84377
$297.00

Pele Signed 1978 Soccer Magazine JSA LOA Vintage Signature, Rare and Genuine
$199.00

SALE! Pele Signed Autographed Auto Framed 8x10 Photo Global GA GAI COA!
$199.96

Pele Replia Brazil SIgned Jersey STEINER
$149.00

PELE SIGNED & JOE NAMATH SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO SUPER RARE PSA DNA NAMATH HOLOGRAM
$599.99

PELE SIGNED BASEBALL INSCRIBED "1283 GOALS 0 HOMERUNS" PSA
$1,499.00

PELE SIGNED & JOE NAMATH SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO SUPER RARE PSA DNA NAMATH HOLOGRAM 2
$599.99

Pele Signed Autograph Brasil Logo Full Size Soccer Ball w GAI COA
$329.99

Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey PSA DNA COA
$495.95

Pele B W Hand Extended Signed 16x20 Photo (PSA DNA Holo Only)
$700.00

PELE SIGNED BRAZIL NATIONAL CLUB 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
$299.95

Autographed Signed PELE Brazil Brasil Soccer 11x14 Color Photo GAI GA Global COA
$199.99

Pele Signed Brazil Yellow #10 CBD Soccer Authentic Jersey Shirt RARE PSA DNA
$599.99

Autographed Signed PELE Brazil Soccer Blue Shorts Trunks GAI GA Global COA
$149.99
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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. In more recent years 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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