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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

2017 Leaf Q Four Sport Mickey Mantle Muhammad Ali Pele Printing Plate #d 1 1
$14.50

2017 Leaf Q Mount Rushmore Mickey Mantle Muhammad Ali Pele Printing Plate #d 1 1
$9.99

2017 Leaf Q Pele Numerology Non Auto Printing Plate #d 1 1
$9.99

2017 Immaculate Historical Significance Acetate Pele Auto 23 25 Brazil On Card
$176.50

2017 Leaf Q Multisport PELE AUTO Blue Spectrum Parallel AUTOGRAPH 1 15 Brazil
$299.95

Pele 2016 Topps Transcendent Gold Frame Auto 39 52 Brazil
$299.99

Pele 10 20 JERSEY NUMBER 2016 Leaf Immortal GREEN SPECTRUM 1 1 Parallel G4
$8.07

PELE 1 1 AUTO 2016 LEAF PELE IMMORTAL MAGENTA PLATE AUTOGRAPH BRAZIL LEGEND G4
$47.66

(3) LOT 2016 Leaf Immortal BLUE SPECTRUM PELE BRAZIL LEGENDl G4
$21.50

1977 Sportscaster PELE SOCCER CARD
$11.90

2017-18 PANINI SELECT SOCCER PELE HISTORICAL SIGNATURE TIE DIE 11 15
$113.61

2016 Panini Flawless Soccer is Pele Legendary Auto 1 1!!!!
$1,999.00

2017-18 PANINI SELECT SOCCER,AUTO,PELE,#09 30,BRAZIL,NO HS-P,PRIZM.
$89.88

2009 National VIP Sportkings HOWIE MORENZ Pele BRONKO NAGURSKI Pollard SP Promo
$8.95

Pele 2016 Topps Transcendent Base Framed Autograph Card 27 52 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$475.00

Match Attax World Cup 2010 100 Club Pele
$13.30
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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 Signed Brazil World Cup Soccer Throwback Jersey Autograph Cosmos PSA DNA
$136.00

Pele Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO w Muhammad Ali PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$56.00

Pele #10 Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey AUTO Autograph Sz XL PSA DNA COA HOF
$182.50

Pele Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO w Muhammad Ali PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$51.00

Edson Pele " 1281 Goals " Signed Brazil Jersey Autograph Sz XL PSA DNA COA
$217.50

Pele Brazil Signed Black White 16x20 Bicycle Kick Photo - Mounted Memories COA
$382.49

Brazil Pele Authentic Signed & Framed Yellow Jersey Autographed PSA DNA ITP
$599.99

Pele Signed 27.5” x 23.5” Custom Framed 16X20 Photo PSA ITP COA SOCCER AUTOGRAPH
$369.00

Pele Signed Jersey Rare Full Name signature Edson Arantes do Nascimento PSA COA
$325.00

Pele Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO w Muhammad Ali PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$56.00

Pele #10 Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey AUTO Autograph Sz XL PSA DNA COA HOF
$102.50

Pele Signed 16x20 Photo AUTO w Muhammad Ali PSA DNA COA Soccer HOF
$45.00

Pele #10 Signed Brazil Soccer Jersey AUTO Autograph Sz XL PSA DNA COA HOF
$82.04

Pele Signed 1958 Brazil World Cup Throwback Jersey full birth name signature PSA
$449.99

Pele Signed New York Cosmos Throwback Jersey PSA DNA COA
$319.99

Soccer Legend Pele Signed New York Cosmos Green Jersey Steiner Sports COA
$396.00
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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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