Arguably the greatest footballer of all-time, Pelé is also the subject of the most valuable soccer card in existence.
With the attention paid to his most important cards showing no signs of letting up, it culminated in the $1.3M sale of his RC in February 2022, which is the first time a soccer card has breached the $1M barrier.
The Brazilian maestro is clearly seen as a solid investment option, so we’re taking a deep dive as we look at the more recent ‘The Beautiful Game’ autograph released as part of 2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar.
Key Stats: The Beautiful Game Pele Auto
- Released as part of the 2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar collection
- Available in a range of numbered parallels
- Pele won a trio of World Cups (1970, 1962, 1958)
- Stickered auto guaranteed by Panini – unlike some more recent sets
The Card: 2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar The Beautiful Game Pele Auto #BG-P (eBay)
2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar was released in the runup to the 2022 World Cup, and collectors can chase base parallels and Optic editions, with several being exclusive to Hobby formats.
The average Pele collectible goes for megabucks, and it’s no different if you’re looking at signed serial numbered options such as The Beautiful Game insert seen above.
The subset includes further Brazilian legends like Zico and Kaka, but neither are as valuable as Pele. It features an image of the player in a vintage Brazil kit as he tears up the World Cup during his prime.
It is a stickered auto, but Pele has an eye-catching signature that almost makes up for it.
- Beautiful Game Auto Parallels: Green, Blue #/99, Red #/49, Gold #/10, Red & Gold Laser #/8, Black 1/1
2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar The Beautiful Game Pele Auto: Investment Guide
Given Pele’s RC is the most valuable within the sport, we think that The Beautiful Game auto has great potential in the future.
A number of graded options are beginning to make their way onto the market, and are always likely to sell for a premium.
There aren’t as many signed Pele cards as you may have guessed, so we’d keep an eye on prices for gem mint versions.
2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar: Hobby Boxes
Hobby boxes are still widely available, although the price has crept up to the $350 mark at the current time of writing. Cases are now selling for between $4,000 to $5,000.
2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar The Beautiful Game Pele Auto: Buying/Selling Advice
What do we think of the 2021-22 Donruss Road To Qatar The Beautiful Game signed Pele card?
It’s hard to go wrong with a retired legend that is seen as a GOAT of the sport, and Pele ticks all of the most important boxes for collectors.
We’ll certainly be trying to add a copy to our personal collection as long as the price is right.