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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PANINI STICKER SOCCER PELE' CALCIATORI FIGURINA Card 1967-68 NEW RARE!! Santos
$65.00
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$98.50
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Pele 1990 Sports illustrated kids card
$5.00
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2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP SOCCER HOBBY 12 BOX CASE MESSI RONALDO PELE
$1,239.95
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1990 Sports Illustrated Jr. soccer card PELE "Legend" Brazil National Team #120
$14.99
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1991 Pele Soccer Shots Promotional Card
$29.00
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COMPLETE SET FIFA WORLD CUP WINNERS PANINI (PELE MARADONA) NOT ROOKIE CARD
$99.00
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1994 Pele Authentic Images 24k Gold set of 4 cards
$100.00
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PELE 2013 Topps ALLEN & GINTER Mini #130b *BGS 9.5 GEM MINT* -MissText Back- UER
$45.49
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PELE SPORTKINGS SERIES B (#64)
$49.99
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1994 USA World Cup Set + 8 Packs 1991 Soccer Shots Trading Card Pack w Pele
$19.99
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1959 Heinerle Brasilien Brazil Team Pele PSA 2 card Set Registry Pop 1, 3 higher
$114.99
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1980 Panini Uomini Illustri 323 Pele Brazil PSA 7 NM Near Mint Pop 1, 7 Higher
$54.99
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1997 Edigamma I Grandi Campioni Dello Sport 43 Pele PSA 4 VG-EX Soccer Card
$23.99
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1975-85 Poulain Serie 44 Grands Noms Du Sport 15 Pele PSA 4 VG-EX Pop 1, 1 Highr
$94.99
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1969 Victoria Vedetten Parade 356 Pele Brazil PSA 2 Soccer Card Pop 2, 2 Higher
$70.99
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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:

Active Listings for Official Pelé Signed Limited Edition Autobiography Image

Official Pelé Signed Autobiography Image

 

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PELE Signed Photograph Personalized " To Kelly Wiggs, With Love " PSA DNA
$149.00
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PELE AUTO SIGNED 1969 STAMPS EDSON BGS JSA COA RARE AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE SOCCER
$249.99
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars #41 Pele Signed PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT AUTO HOF
$69.88
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2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #130 Pele Signed PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT AUTO Soccer HOF
$38.55
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2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #130 Pele Signed PSA DNA AUTO Soccer HOF
$46.00
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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 Signed Brazil Soccer Nike Jersey AUTO JSA LOA
$499.07
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Pele Autographed Signed Baden Soccer Ball PSA DNA #U85231
$329.00
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Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey PSA DNA COA
$167.50
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PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1968 BICYCLE KICK 16.5X23 LITHOGRAPH PSA DNA COA
$233.99
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Pele Brazil Signed Black White 16x20 Bicycle Kick Photo - Mounted Memories COA
$405.36
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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 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 Signed White Brazil Soccer Jersey Soccer Legend PSA DNA COA
$474.95
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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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