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International sports memorabilia licensors Sportsrabilia, has scored a first by securing the global memorabilia license for football superstar and FIFA Player of the Century, Pelé
The four and a half year deal struck between Sportsrabilia and Pelé’s global management agency, Legends 10, sees the London company awarded exclusive global rights over the footballer’s signature.
With Legends 10 recently unifying all rights for Pelé, the contract is a first for the sports memorabilia industry and aims to inject consumer confidence back into the market by combating counterfeit signatures.
Sportsrabilia will be responsible for safeguarding Pelé’s name and his global fandom by regulating the use of his signature on all items of memorabilia.
Sportsrabilia CEO, Danny Schindler, said: ‘We’re extremely proud of this industry first and to implement the initiative alongside an international legend such as Pelé is an honour.
‘The black market is prospering through unregulated counterfeit memorabilia, conning consumers with fake authentication and naturally players and clubs are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of control. Our priority is to protect the fans and by being the sole licensor of Pelé’s signature, we can ensure that what consumers are buying is 100% genuine.’
Says Terry Byrne, Executive Vice President of Legends 10: “Sportsrabilia is a growing, yet established business that complements our vision of entering new markets with the Pelé brand while also protecting his legacy and maintaining high standards and distinct quality control of autographed merchandise being released to the public.”