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

Leaf Q 2014 Pure Glass Auto PELE Autograph Card #10 24 - PELE JERSEY NUMBER -WOW
$305.00

PELE BRAZIL TEAM SPANISH TRADING CARD C.1982
$7.00

2 collector cards , soccer , pele , brasil , sfc santos
$17.00

Sportkings "The National" Jersey Pele, Adu, Beckham Chastain Chinaglia 5 9
$189.99

1991 Pele' Soccer Shots Promo Card-MINT
$74.99

Futera 2003 "World Greats" insert PELE
$9.99

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Pele Black Mini Blank Back
$18.00

07-08 ITG ULTIMATE CITYSCAPES JERSEY PELE - P. ESPOSITO 15 24
$139.99

Pele 1962 Stella Small Portrait BVG VG-EX 4
$149.99

Pele rare vintage SI soccer card 1990s
$25.00

2 Pele Sportcaster Cards 01-17 Soccer Football,, Brazil, Cosmos 1970 World Cup
$9.99

MSL Soccer Shots Unopened Box- Pele Card??? Football, World Cup, USA
$9.99

Football (Soccer) Greats Boxed Card Set- Pele, Eusebio, Cruyff, Puskas FIFA
$19.99

4 Pele Soccer Items team issue NY Cosmos Sportscaster Sports Heroes Feats Facts
$19.99

2009 Sportkings C Famous Fabrics Memorabilia Pele, Chinaglia, Adu #'d 8 9
$39.99

2008 Sportkings B Pele #64
$29.99
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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:

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

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

PELE signed 4x6 color photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL
$275.00

PELE signed 8x10 B&W photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL BRASIL
$300.00

PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SOCCER JERSEY GAI COA
$71.00

PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED FRANKLIN SOCCER BALL GAI COA
$41.00

Pele 8x10 Black & White Photo Autograph Signed JSA LOA
$299.99

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

Pele #10 Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey AUTO No Size Tag PSA DNA COA HOF
$158.05

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

Pele Soccer Superstar signed 16x20 Bicycle Kick photo PSA DNA autographed
$399.99

Pele signed Brazil #10 Jersey PSA DNA auto Soccer Brazilian National Team
$599.99

PELE Signed Brazil Soccer B&W Bicycle Kick 16x20 Photo - PSA DNA
$310.78

Pele Signed Autograph S.F.C. CBF Brasil Logo 8x10 Photo Picture w GAI COA
$199.99

Pele Autographed Signed CBD Yellow Brazil Jersey Shirt PSA DNA #T42224
$549.00

Vintage Edson Pele With Hugs signed auto PSA DNA business card Brazil World Cup
$649.99
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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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