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


Top eBay Listings

1959 Heinerle - Pele - SGC 40 -- RARE German Card of Soccer Legend
$300.00

PELE' MEXICO 1970 BERGMANN VERLAG #65 NEW CARD EXCELLENT CONDITION NO PANINI
$6.99

PELE' 1994 CALENDAR CARD EXCELLENT CONDITION
$5.99

1971 PELE Glorias E Trofeus,complete set of 276 in album S5
$795.00

2008 Sportkings Series B #CST-06 Mark Messier Don Mattingly Pele Rookie Card 0b0
$85.45

1958 Quigol Supplement Rookie Pele RARE
$12,999.00

1958 Quigol Supplement Rookie Garrincha RARE not Pele
$2,999.00

PELE 1971 BARRATT & CO. LTD FAMOUS SPORTSMEN PSA 8 RARE SOCCER CARD
$49.99

2008 Unique Futera Greats Soccer Card - Brazil PELE Mint Rare
$14.00

2014 Leaf Q Plexiglass Pure Glass Pele AUTO Autograph Soccer HOF Auction #2
$41.08

1991 Soccer Shots Promo English PELE PSA 9 MINT Pop 1 of 1 ! Must see.
$49.00

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's Mini Ginter Back #130 Pele Rookie Baseball Card 2x9
$6.25

2014 Futera Unique Collection Memorable Pele 10 11 Jersey Number
$100.00

PANINI "CALCIO " 1990 MANUAL SPORTS WITH STICKERS PELE MARADONA PLATINI CRUYFF
$125.00

SOCCER CARD PELE' STELLA 1962 NO PANINI MINT
$99.99

1970 PELE FKS PUB MEXICO-WORLD CUP SOCCER STARS CARD GRADED PSA 3 VG -RARE-CPIX
$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

Vintage Pele Signed Santos Brasil Pennant. Original 1950s 60s. JSA.
$995.00

Vintage Pele Signed Santos FC Team Photograph. Original, Early 1960s. JSA.
$995.00

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

PELE signed WHY SOCCER MATTERS 60+ Years of Intern'l WORLD CUP Book PSA BRAZIL
$225.00

Brazil Soccer Legend Pele signed Brand New Santos New Era Hat PSA DNA
$249.99

1977 Pele Signed Final Game Original Type 1 Photo. NASL Championship Game. JSA.
$995.00

Pele Signed Puma Soccer Ball Rare Autograph Steiner Coa
$379.99

Vintage Signed Pele 1975 Lunch Box. JSA.
$995.00

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER PELE SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED GEM MINT 10 PSA DNA 83728515 A1
$279.99

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER PELE SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83728795 A1
$229.99

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER PELE SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83728785 A1
$229.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83798786 A1
$229.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83798809 A1
$199.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83798762 A1
$199.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83798783 A1
$229.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 4X6 SLABBED PHOTO PSA DNA 83798765 A1
$229.99
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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. 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 or Google+.

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