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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VINTAGE PELE SOCCER CARD BY SPORTSCASTER 1977 4"X 6"
$10.00
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PANINI STICKER SOCCER PELE' BRAZIL CALCIATORI 1965 MINT SEALED RARE
$79.90
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2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Lot Complete Set Blue Red Wave Stars All 49 Pele
$167.00
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1977 Sportscaster Pele Card-World Cup Champ
$5.99
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*RARE* 1966 Aral Fussball Weltmeisterschaft Album - Set missing only PELE
$49.95
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Pele Autographed Pop Century #ed 10 10 - Pele's Jersey Number 1OF1
$499.99
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ALLER & GIRTER'S 2013 "PELE" LEGEND OF SOCCER ERROR CARD
$8.00
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2010 Topps World Cup Complete Master Set 343 Cards Pele
$59.00
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Pele 1990 Sports illustrated kids card
$5.00
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1957-58 Titulares Pele rookie card, Complete set, first time on ebay
$599.00
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1961-62 Flashes do Futebol Pele #234
$129.00
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1961-62 Flashes do Futebol Pele #242
$199.00
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1961-62 Flashes do Futebol Pele
$199.00
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1961-62 Flashes do Futebol Pele #202, 12 other vintage Pele cards before 1965
$69.99
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PSA 9 PELE with BOBBY MOORE Sportscaster Soccer Card #10-12 ITALY
$200.00
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PSA 9 PELE Sportscaster Soccer Card #01-17 ITALY
$200.00
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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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Official Pelé Signed Autobiography Image

 

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Legendary Soccer Star Pele signed 11x14 Photo GAI Cert# GV727214
$399.99
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Steiner Pele B W chasing ball Back view Signed 16x20 Photo (PSA DNA Holo Only)
$909.99
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Pele Signed Photograph - Superstar 16x20 Bicycle Kick - PSA DNA -Item #2192813
$681.34
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68882
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68884
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68879
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO WITH MUHAMMAD ALI PSA DNA ID #68886
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED COSMOS 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68887
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68881
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68883
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 BICYCLE KICK PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68885
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ID #68880
$349.00
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PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL TOFFS SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$549.00
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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 AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CBD BRAZIL ATHLETA LONG SLEEVE JERSEY PSA DNA
$549.00
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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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