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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Pele Brasil Rare New Figurina Sticker Calciatori Panini 1965 - 1966
$27.99
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Sports Illustrated for Kids uncut panel 208-216 Ruth Pele Wilt Howe ++
$14.95
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Pele and The Cosmos 1979 Sportscaster - Card 57-07 Very Rare - BGS 9.0 MINT
$86.40
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PSA 9 PELE with BOBBY MOORE Sportscaster Soccer Card #10-12 ITALY
$200.00
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PSA 9 PELE Sportscaster Soccer Card #01-17 ITALY
$200.00
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PSA 7 PELE DRIBBLING Sportscaster Soccer Card #50-19
$50.00
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Eusebio Soccer Futebol 12 Card Set with Pele- Portugal, Benfica, Football FIFA
$12.99
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2013 TOPPS FIVE STAR PELE #FSA-P ON CARD AUTOGRAPH # 10 75 HIS JERSEY # 1 1 AUTO
$649.99
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PELE 2013 Topps Five Star LEGENDS AUTO BRAZIL SOCCER ICON 01 75 1st One Made 1 1
$499.95
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SPORTKINGS PASSING THE TORCH PELE-ADU 20
$149.99
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*VERY RARE* 1960 Stella Small Portrait PELE BVG 4.5 POP=1 Seldom Seen!
$79.95
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*RARE* 1962 Thomson CTS PELE BVG 6.0 Very Early Pele card
$52.95
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*RARE* 1962 Stella Small Portrait PELE BVG 4.0
$52.95
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*VERY RARE* 1961-62 WS-Verlag International Sport PELE BVG 5.0 POP=1
$199.95
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1979 Sun Soccercards Lot (9) RARE Pele Beckenbauer Platini Cruyff + More Legends
$15.00
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Pele Rekord Journal 1958 rookie SGC 5 soccer card vintage Swedish footbol
$265.00
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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:

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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:

Active Listings for Official Pelé Signed Limited Edition Autobiography Image

Official Pelé Signed Autobiography Image

 

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Pele Signed Photograph - Superstar 16x20 Bicycle Kick - PSA DNA -Item #2192813
$681.34
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Pele " Edson Pele " Full Name Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$175.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68882
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68884
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68879
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO WITH MUHAMMAD ALI PSA DNA ID #68886
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED COSMOS 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68887
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68881
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68883
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 BICYCLE KICK PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68885
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68880
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL TOFFS SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$549.00
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Pele Autographed Signed CBD Brazil Athleta Blue Jersey PSA DNA #U84237
$549.00
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Pele Autographed Signed CBD Brazil Athleta Blue Jersey PSA DNA #U84236
$549.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL ATHLETA LONG SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$549.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL ATHLETA SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$549.00
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More Info

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and 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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