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Handwritten letter from Pelé, Minister of Sports of Brazil (1998)

Handwritten letter from Pelé, Minister of Sports of Brazil (1998)

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King Pelé, Minister of Sports of Brazil, tells his observations in Eastern Europe to a diplomat friend.

  • Letter written and signed by Pelé to his friend John Ivan Huscha from the International Monetary Fund.
  • Two pages with yellow paper.
  • In English.
  • 21.4 cm x 27.7 cm.
  • October 10, 1998.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.


(...) Once again I enjoyed your details about your experiences in Russia. (...) some of our group acquired expensive Russian fur hats for the winter, our tour guide warned us not to wear them in Samarkada as we could be mistaken for Russian and beaten by the locals. They have beautiful melons there. In fact small mountains of them rotting. People in Moscow or Leningrad would kill for one but that big [illegible] country didn't have the structure to get melons to urban markets! Almost all artisans working in Moscow were Finns and Swedes under contract.

Koreans, like all Asians, are agile-minded but their history in the last 5 [million?] has been one of almost total subjection to others, Chinese, Mongolians, Japanese, etc. Having consequently developed angry characters, as a result of being denied the use of weapons, they developed very effective attack [techniques] with the hand and foot; Karate, Kung Fu, etc. This combined with any brutal communist government made North Korea much worse. But the [average?] Korean is by far more emotional than other Asians. In this way they are a piece of an enigma – a step beyond Kipling's adequate description of the Oriental.

Pelé (born 1940) became a player for the famous Brazilian football club "Santos" at the age of 15. He played there for almost two decades before going to the United States to play with "Cosmos", where he stayed for three years. The three-time World Cup champion retired in 1977.

At the time of writing this text, Pelé served as Minister of Sports in Brazil (1995 - 1998). The great content of this letter, where he talks about the difficulties of the Russian and Korean people, shows a little-known aspect of his personality: his interest in history, politics and international culture in general.

There are some Pelé autographs, but, due to the star's fame in Brazil, the risk of forgery is high. When they are authentic, the documents signed by the King are usually of low quality or without content. This letter, handwritten and with surprising content, is extremely rare.

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