Pelé auctioning 2,000 pieces of memorabilia including World Cup trophy, medals



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Soccer icon Pelé is clearing out his collection of personal memorabilia and a lifetime’s worth of awards and mementos. More than 2,000 pieces are slated to be sold through Julien’s Auctions in June.

Pieces cover Pelé’s playing career and beyond, bringing forth some major pieces including his personal Jules Rimet Trophy, World Cup medals from 1958, 1962 and 1970, the ball from his 1,000th career goal and the L’Equipe Athlete of the Century Award he received in 1999.

The Pelé collection includes items from every stage of his career dating back to signing with Santos FC in 1956 at the age of 15. He remained with club through 1974. A game-used Santos FC jersey is part of the sale.

Pelé’s time with the New York Cosmos is also represented in the auction including a jersey and a 1977 NASL championship ring.

Here are some of the other highlights of items to be sold:

  • Santos World Champion Sash
  • 1960s C.B.D. 1st Place Brazilian Championship
  • 1,000th Goal Tribute Crown
  • FIFA 2004 Centennial Order of Merit
  • 2007 FIFA Presidential Award
  • torch Pelé ran with during the 2004 Summer Olympic Torch Relay ceremonies
  • film-worn soccer boots from Escape to Victory


Julien’s is selling a three-catalog box set showcasing the entire collection at a cost of $300. A limited edition version of the box set signed by Pelé costs $1,000. The autographed version is limited to 500 copies.

The auction is set to last three days, running from June 7 to 9. In the days leading up to the sale, an exhibition with the items on display will be open to the public.

A portion of the proceeds from both the auction and the catalogs will go to Pequeno Principe, the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Jonathan 12 March, 2016 at 12:33

    I just read the Fanatics Authentic piece about Ronda Rousey, and now this. Wow. The memorabilia world has certainly gotten wonderfully crazy as of late. Even if I can’t afford it, I like to see it available. Imagine how many swatches could be pulled from a jersey. I’ll wager a jersey itself is a better buy than all those darn cards that would come from it and a pair of scissors. Otherwise, we wouldn’t see the cards like we do.

  2. Carl 13 March, 2016 at 18:24

    This auction is not like an MLBA or NFL great selling of his relics. This is Pele, he is renown the world over, unlike the US soccer or should I say futball is life in most other countries.
    This could be an amazing score for Pele, the hospital and the auction house.

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