1975 Pele Signed Type 1 Press Photo NASL Signing New York Cosmos PSA/DNA Slabbed! This jumbo holder is a new PSA/DNA service! This amazing photo was signed by Pelé and authenticated by Pelé himself in 1975 (per the org owner). This is a wire photo announcing the signing of Pelé, during his signing press conference via the Associated Press (AP) on 6/3/75! About his time with Cosmos.
After the 1974 season (his 19th with Santos), Pelé retired from Brazilian club football although he continued to occasionally play for Santos in official competitive matches. Two years later, he came out of semi-retirement to sign with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 1975 season.Though well past his prime at this point, Pelé was credited with significantly increasing public awareness and interest of the sport in the United States. In 1975, one week before the Lebanese Civil War, Pelé played a friendly game for the Lebanese club Nejmeh against a team of Lebanese Football League stars,  scoring two goals which were not included in his official tally.  On the day of the game, 40,000 spectators were at the stadium from early morning to watch the match.
Pelé (left) with Eusébio (far right) before a Cosmos v Las Vegas Quicksilvers match, April 1977. Hoping to fuel the same kind of awareness in the Dominican Republic, he and the Cosmos team played in an exhibition match against Haitian team, Violette AC, in the Santo Domingo Olympic Stadium on 3 June 1976, where over 25,000 fans watched him score a winning goal in the last seconds of the match, leading the Cosmos to a 21 victory.  He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club. On 1 October 1977, Pelé closed out his career in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and Santos.
Santos arrived in New York after previously defeating the Seattle Sounders in New Jersey, 20. Pelé's father and wife both attended the match, as well as Muhammad Ali and Bobby Moore. The item "1975 Pele Signed Type 1 Press Photo NASL Signing New York Cosmos PSA/DNA Slabbed" is in sale since Tuesday, July 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Autographs-Original\Soccer\Photos". The seller is "collectorsworld-va" and is located in Annandale, Virginia.
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