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

Futera Brazil CARLOS NEYMAR Prizm CESAR PELE SILVA World Series 4 Football cards
$29.99

Futera PELE World Series 4 Brazil Football Soccer Legend Star card 2014 WS33
$14.99

PELE FIGO ROONEY PIRLO LOT (43) 2015 FUTERA UNIQUE BASE CARD UNUSED
$7.51

2011 Futera Unique Greats Soccer Card- Brazil PELE BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$60.00

1991 Pele Soccer Shots Promotional Card
$5.95

2013 Futera Unique Greats Soccer Card- Brazil PELE BGS 8.5
$16.00

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER SERIES 1 #117 PELE GRADED BGS 8.5 NM-MT+
$47.45

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter PELE 10th Anniversary Framed Mini VERY RARE!
$9.99

PELE Brazil Soccer Star SPORTS HEROES 4-PAGE BOOKLET SHEET CARD
$6.95

(10) 1990 Panini World Cup Factory Sealed Sticker Packs! Look for PELE,MARADONA+
$6.99

INSTANTANEOS DA VIDA DO REI PELE STICKER #145
$19.99

PELE' SOCCER CARD BRASIL DIE NEUE BUNDESLIGA 1964 65 SICKER NOT PANINI
$49.99

2014 Prizm World Cup Stars 49 Cards Complete Set Cristiano Pele Baggio Neymar +
$59.99

*RARE* 1961 D.C. Thomson Brazil PELE BVG 8.0 Very High Grade!
$49.95

*VERY RARE* 1971 Jackdaw Publications PELE BVG 7.0
$84.95

1958-59 Heinerle Brazilian World Cup Team with Pele BVG 4.0 None Graded Higher!
$139.95
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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 "PELE! SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED SEGA GENESIS GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90920
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90916
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90923
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90921
$299.99

PELE "PELE! SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED SEGA GENESIS GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90919
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90924
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90917
$299.99

PELE "PELE'S SOCCER" AUTHENTIC SIGNED ARATI GAME PSA DNA ITP 5A90918
$299.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61300
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61260
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61277
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61299
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61298
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61301
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61279
$249.99

PELE AUTHENTIC SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA Y61288
$249.99
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More Info

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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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