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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Pele 1990 Sports illustrated kids card
$5.00
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2 collector cards , soccer , pele , brasil , sfc santos
$18.00
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collector card , soccer , world cup 1958 , team brasil w pele , scarce
$88.50
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collector card , soccer , world cup 1958 , pele , very scarce
$499.00
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Limited Edition Pele 94 World Cup Trading Card- 24k Gold Plated
$40.00
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3 Pele Soccer Items British var Sportscaster Sports Heroes Feats Facts History
$9.99
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1979 VENORLANDUS--OUR HEROES--31 DIFFERENT..PELE,PLAYER,KORBUT,ANDRETTI,BORG
$9.99
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2008 SPORTKINGS SERIES B 60 COMPLETE SET PELE DAN MARINO SEATTLE SLEW RARE
$249.99
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2009 SPORTKINGS #D 1 9 PELE DAVID BECKHAM BRANDI CHASTAIN ADU CHINAGLIA 5 JERSEY
$69.99
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2008 SPORTKINGS PELE ADU CHASTAIN TRIPLE JERSEY BGS 9.5 BRANDI SOCCER PATCH
$79.99
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2008 SPORTKINGS SERIES B SET PELE SEATTLE SLEW ARNOLD PALMER COUTURE ELWAY HOGAN
$219.99
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1962 Saim Moncalieri - Brazil w PELE in photo - BVG 5.5 -- rare cardboard back
$125.00
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Vintage 1990 Panini World Cup HUGE 50 Pack Sticker Box! Look for PELE,MARADONA+
$24.99
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2014 Original PELE World Cup Stars Brazil Purple Refractor 73 99
$47.50
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1991 SOCCER SHOTS SEALED WAX BOX WITH BONUS PELE CARD
$11.98
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1990 Sports Illustrated Jr. soccer card PELE "Legend" Brazil National Team #120
$14.95
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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:

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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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Soccer Cut Pele Signed AUTO PSA DNA Certified
$91.00
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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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2013 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER PELE MISSING TEXT AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED SOCCER SP COA
$20.50
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PSA DNA PELE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 "BICYCLE KICK" BRAZIL SOCCER PHOTO
$249.99
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Pele Signed Brazil Authentic Autographed 7x10 Photo (PSA DNA) #T58744
$249.99
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EDSON PELE SIGNED FRAMED BRAZIL NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY STEINER COA
$650.00
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Pele Signed Full Size Soccer Ball AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY HOF
$21.50
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PELE signed 4x6 color photo PSA DNA autographed HOF BRAZIL SOCCER FOOTBALL
$275.00
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Pele Signed 1975 Sports Illustrated Full Magazine. New York Cosmos. PSA COA
$395.00
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EDSON PELE SIGNED BRAZIL WORLD CUP CHAMPS FRAMED ORIGINAL PRESS PHOTO JSA COA
$199.00
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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 #10 Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey T-Shirt AUTO Size XL PSA DNA COA HOF
$50.00
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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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