The man who started his professional football career at the age of 15 and went on to score the most goals of anyone before him and after him. The man named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, will be selling a collection of his football memorabilia through Julien’s Auctions. They have plenty of experience auctioning high value sports items. An example of this is their auction of game worn items from legends like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and other famous Yankees. The Pele Collection auction will be held in London, England, as well as a live-online-auction, on June 7 through June 9. The ability to still buy an item from the auction while not actually being in the physical location has improved with the internet. Prospective buyers can learn practically anything about the items. Julien’s Auctions took a respectable approach to showcasing the items. They created YouTube videos of Pele describing the item, his experiences with the item, and it creates an emotional connection to item. It gets the buyer excited, since most of them are more interested in the stories behind the item than the actual item itself.
In a quote from Pele himself, he explains the reason for the sale. “Having donated a significant portion of my collection to the City of Santos, I have decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well. I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come. I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the auction to Pequeno Principe, the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil.”
If you have ever wanted to own a piece of sports history, this is the time. However, you will also need the ability to spare $400,000 just to make a lower end bid for an item like Pele’s World Cup Replica Trophy. The high end estimates are closer to $600,000 for the trophy. I myself am not able to spare a half a million dollars, nor do I have it, so I hope I can inspire someone with the means. And hey, a portion of the money is going to a pediatric hospital too. There are over 2,000 items in the collection. Some of my personal favorites from the collection include his World Cup medals from 1958, 1962, and 1970, the ball he scored his 1000th goal with, a game worn jersey, and even his driver’s license from 1971 for the most hardcore fan to pick up.
Pele’s Jules Rimet Trophy sells for $571,000
1958 World Cup Medal sells for $289,350
1962 World Cup Medal sells for $202,538