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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1979 Sportscaster Card - Soccer - Pele and the Cosmos #57-07 NM
$12.00
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Pele 1990 Sports illustrated kids card
$5.00
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2014 Panini Immaculate Game Used Bat Pele Rose 53 99
$21.99
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1979 Sportscaster Card - Soccer - The 1958 World Cup #72-24A NM ( Pele )
$10.00
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1966 Aral Fussball Weltmeisterschaft Pele Soccer Postcard BGS 5 RARE!!!!
$60.00
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Panini Prizm World Cup 2014 MASTER SET AUTOGRAPH auto RONALDO MESSI PELE 50 auto
$4,550.00
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Soccer : Brazil World Cup winning team of 1958 sports card - inc. Pele
$24.99
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1977 1979 SPORTSCASTER #5707 PELE BGS 9 MINT
$99.99
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Super Rare PELE SI Sports Illustrated for Kids Card #213
$9.99
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1966 reddish maid #5 Pele international Footballers RARE rookie !!! Very Good
$59.99
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Pele Brazil German Heinerle 1961 Soccer Card Santos
$39.99
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Pele - 2013 Topps Five Star Legends Autograph 75
$495.00
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Futera Unique 2014 Blank back Brazil Legend Pele 1 1 ?
$39.99
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PELE 1976 CHANOC COMIC RELEASED IN MEXICO
$29.99
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PELE 1975 CHANOC COMIC RELEASED IN MEXICO
$29.99
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PELE 1967 COMIC CHANOC RELEASED IN MEXICO
$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 Cut Signature Image

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

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Pelé Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Pelé Signed Jerseys

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Pelé Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Pelé Signed Photographs

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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 Pelé AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL BRASIL FLAG FULL SIZE SOCCER BALL PSA DNA
$399.00
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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 Sports Illustrated Magazine June 23, 1975 JSA COA
$300.00
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PELE signed 8x10 B&W photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL BRASIL
$224.99
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PELE AUTO SIGNED 1969 STAMPS EDSON BGS JSA COA RARE AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE SOCCER
$225.00
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Pele Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey PSA DNA COA
$495.95
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PELE SIGNED BRAZIL NATIONAL CLUB 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
$299.95
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PELE SOCCER LEGEND PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BOOKPLATE RARE L@@K
$319.99
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Pele Signed Brazil Yellow #10 CBD Soccer Authentic Jersey Shirt RARE PSA DNA
$599.99
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Pele Autographed Signed Adaias Brasil FIFA World Cup Mini Soccerball w GAI COA
$199.99
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PELE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY SHIRT AUTHENTIC PSA DNA ITP BRAZIL BRASIL
$699.99
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Edson Pele Autographed Signed Postcard PSA DNA #U58710
$229.00
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Pele Autographed Signed CBD Brazil 16x20 Photo PSA DNA #4A63584
$299.00
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Pele Signed Brazil Logo Soccer Ball 3x World Cup Champ PSA ITP COA #5A80397
$599.99
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Pele Signed New York Cosmos Logo Soccer Ball NASL Brazil PSA ITP COA #5A80396
$599.99
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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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