Offered in this listing is a rare overseas trading card from Spain issued of Portuguese Soccer Great Eusebio from 1979 from the card series titled Ases Mundialed Del Deporte, (World Sport Aces) #64.
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a Mozambican-born Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time and S.L. Benfica‘s greatest ever player. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches (41 goals in 64 matches for Portugal). Nicknamed the Black Panther, the Black Pearl, or o Rei (the King), he was famous for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer.
Eusébio helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea) and received the Bronze Ball award. He won the Ballon d’Or award for European footballer of the year in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. He played for Benfica for 15 out of his 22 years as a footballer, thus being mainly associated with the Portuguese club, and is the team’s all-time top scorer with 473 goals in 440 competitive matches. There, he won eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taça de Portugal titles, a European Cup (1961–62) and helped them reach three additional European Cup finals (1963, 1965, 1968). He is the eighth-highest goalscorer in the history of the European Cup and the second-highest, behind Alfredo Di Stéfano, in the pre-Champions League era with 48 goals. He was the European Cup top scorer in 1964–65, 1965–66 and 1967–68. He also won the Bola de Prata (Primeira Liga top scorer award) a record seven times. He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot, in 1968, a feat he replicated in 1973.
Eusébio’s name often appears in best player of all time lists and polls by football critics and fans. He was elected the ninth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS and the tenth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the World Soccer magazine Pelé named Eusébio as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list. He was seventh in the online poll for UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA’s Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Portugal by the Portuguese Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He has been called “Africa’s first great footballer and “Africa’s greatest-ever player”
While most Multi-Sport sets created here in the states tend to touch on the subject matter of the Olympics here in the states, there are many overseas issues that have taken this to another level by leveraging not just Olympians but all Superstars from all walks of life. Ths series is one such collection of legendary stars.
Originally issued in Spain in packs, young collectors would trade and collect these Topps Style trading Cards and adhere them to collector albums made available by the manuafacturer at the time.
As such finding high grade examples in thee original pack fresh state are both difficult to locate and highly sought after. The series touched on a variety of stars from such disciplines as Tennis, Boxing, Golf, Track & Field, Soccer, Motor Sports, Gymnastics, Chess, Swimming & Sking to name a few.
All cards from this series were originally acquired from sealed packs and imediately placed in plastic sleeves and card holders, exceptional condition see scans to review front and backs. Exceptional rare high grade find. PSA grades this series so they are are perfect for adding to your collection or submiting for grading.