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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Panini Prizm Pele and Franck Ribéry
$60.00
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PELE DIGITAL AUTHENTIC SCI CUT REPRINT SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 1 1
$11.99
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World Cup 1970 Rare Pele Rc 16 Soccer Legends Uncut Mint Panel Sheet RARE !
$275.00
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SPORTKINGS C TRIPLE MEM PELE, CHINAGLIA & CHASTAIN 19
$219.99
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SPORTKINGS C DECADES JERSEY PELE, NAMATH & CEPEDA 19
$249.99
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1977-79 Sportscaster Italy #10-12 Soccer- Pele ◊PSA 9◊ LOW POP Brazil Football
$44.99
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PELE BRASIL ULTRARARE SOCCER CARD PANINI 65 SANTOS WORLD CHAMPION 1962-1963
$59.99
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PELE TRADING CARD FROM SWEDEN 70.S
$9.99
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PELE TRADING CARD FROM SWEDEN 70.S
$9.99
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1962 D. C. THOMSON PELE CUP-TIE CARD
$9.99
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1966 PELE CARD GERMANY
$9.99
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sportkings pele gold auto
$699.99
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1928 Uruguay, first Olympic soccer card and Pele rookie, PSA 4
$1,099.00
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DBR1) 2008 Sport Kings Gum PELE Brazil Mini #64
$29.99
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Pele 1966 Aral - BGS 3 (PSA SGC)
$20.00
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2009 SPORTKINGS #134 PELE SOCCER HOF 3244
$28.75
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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:

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PELE signed 4x6 color photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL
$199.99
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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 Autographed Signed Baden Soccer Ball PSA DNA #U85232
$329.00
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Pele Autographed Signed Baden Soccer Ball PSA DNA #U85231
$329.00
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Pele Autographed Signed Spalding Soccer Ball "Good Luck" PSA DNA #T63831
$449.00
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PELE SIGNED "PELE ON THE GROUND" SOCCER PHOTO CUSTOM FRAMED TO 23X27 PSA DNA COA
$322.99
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Pele Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo "Good Luck" Vintage PSA DNA #V57455
$229.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO BICYCLE KICK BLUE PSA DNA ID #77860
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #77878
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO BICYCLE KICK EDSON PSA DNA ID #77876
$399.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO "3X WC CHAMPS" PSA DNA ID #77877
$449.00
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Pele Signed Autographed OML Baseball w Rare Full Named Edison Pele PSA DNA
$599.99
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PELE AUTO SIGNED 1969 STAMPS EDSON BGS JSA COA RARE AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE SOCCER
$249.99
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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 1993 SOCCER SHOTS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD SOCCER LEGEND JSA CERTIFIED!
$159.96
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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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