Billy Beane Baseball Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Buying Guide

Billy Beane

Date of Birth: 3/29/1962
Rookie Card Year: 1986
Investment Rating: 2.0


Overview

Billy Beane's controversial scouting and recruiting style made him the scorn of baseball for many years. That is, until his Oakland Athletics teams began to win. Small-market team like the A's are at a consistent disadvantage year after year. While major market teams can throw money at prized free agents, smaller clubs have to be more practical and focus on developing players within their own organization. That's exactly what Beane did as the Athletics' general manager.

With an eye for talent and a knack for risk-taking, Beane set out to redefine player value by using a litany of statistics. The subject of the best-selling Michael Lewis book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the elusive subject of Beane and his approach to building a winner has also been made into a movie starring Brad Pitt.

Beane came into baseball as a highly touted prospect. However, his playing career was short-live. In parts of six seasons, Beane served as a back-up outfielder on five different teams. He completed his 148-game major league career with a .219 batting average, 66 hits, 29 RBI and three home runs.

Billy Beane Rookie Cards

1986 Donruss Billy Beane RC #647

Produced at the height of the junk wax era, this card is available in droves and is often used by autograph collectors for in-person and through-the-mail autographs.

1986 Donruss Billy Beane RC

1986 Fleer Update #U-11

Included inside the end-of-season box set, Beane is pictured in a classic kneeling pose in a Twins uniform. Again, the massive print run makes this card readily available.

Billy Beane Other Notable Cards

 

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1990 MINOR LEAGUE BILLY BEAN BASEBALL CARD #25 ALBURQUERQUE DUKES
$9.44

1987 Fleer Billy Beane #535
$9.99

1982 Jackson Mets; New York Mets AA minor leauge club BILLY BEANE of Money Ball
$449.00

1987 Topps "TIFFANY" - * BILLY BEANE * #114 - "Moneyball" - BCCG 10
$11.99

1987 Pro Cards Portland Beavers 25-card Twins Minor League Team Set Billy Beane
$5.95

1985 International League IL All Stars Billy Beane Tidewater Tides Baseball Card
$12.99

1987 Topps - BILLY BEANE - Hand Signed Autograph Rookie Card - A's MONEY BALL
$39.99

PSA 10 BILLY BEANE 1986 DONRUSS ROOKIE #647
$79.99

PSA 10 BILLY BEANE 1987 FLEER ROOKIE #535
$39.99

BILLY BEANE 1986 Donruss Rookie Card BCCG 10 Moneyball NY Mets World Series Year
$143.99

1986 Donruss Baseball #647 Billy Beane Rookie Card - A's GM Moneyball
$7.95

Billy Beane 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Card #15 Lot (3) Oakland Athletics
$5.79

1988 Topps Cloth Baseball Billy Bean ISA 8 (NM-MT) *3058 (Test Set)
$16.95

1985 BILLY BEANE TCMA A.S. Rookie RC PSA 10 GEM MINT Impossible POP 1! MONEYBALL
$202.49

Lot of Detroit Tigers cards, Skeeter Barnes, Billy Bean, Tim Belcher Collection
$6.95

1991 Topps Baseball Jose Gonzalez # 279 Billy Bean Photo Variation Dodgers
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Billy Beane Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Billy Beane Signature autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

Billy Beane Cut Autograph

 

Billy Bean Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Billy Beane signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. A very simple signature consisting of two cursive script letter "B" 's, each with a small loop at the bottom and an extending line
  2. The backside of both letter "B" 's are open
  3. The signature is often seen written along a 45 degree plane

Signed Items

Active Listings for Billy Beane Autographs

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BILLY BEANE METS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 MONEY BALL ID # 25236
$29.00

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
$199.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED Official MLB Baseball AUTOGRAPHED
$400.00

BILLY BEANE 2012 GOODWIN CHAMPIONS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #15 JSA A'S GM
$31.96

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$50.00

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 11x14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$79.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$49.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 11x14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$79.99

BILLY BEANE OAKLAND ATHLETICS SIGNED 'MONEYBALL' 12x18 MOVIE POSTER w COA MLB
$143.99

Billy Beane Signed Auto Major League Baseball Oakland A's Moneyball PSA DNA #2
$149.99

BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99

1987 Topps - BILLY BEANE - Hand Signed Autograph Rookie Card - A's MONEY BALL
$39.99

BILLY BEANE OAKLAND A'S ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$24.99

BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99
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Books and Movies

The blockbuster success, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane is a must have book and movie for any baseball fan. Based on the true story of the Oakland A's and their general manager, Billy Beane, the book was originally written by Michael Lewis. Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman provide an excellent supporting cast.

Click on the book or the Blu-ray to shop for copies on Amazon.

Moneyball DVD

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
$33.93

Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003, Hardcover)
$17.00

Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2011, CD,...
$9.99

Brad Pitt Signed OMLB Baseball w JSA COA # L51538 + PHOTO PROOF Moneyball
$299.99

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, UltraViolet Digital Copy) Brand New and Sealed!
$11.99

NEW Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$10.79

Moneyball Advance French Original Movie Poster Double Sided 27x40
$25.00

The Big Short, Blind Side, Moneyball by Michael Lewis Lot of 3 books Like New
$9.99

Moneyball (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Brad Pitt
$9.36

JONAH HILL Signed Auto Autograph 8x10 Photo Moneyball 21 Jump Street Pic PROOF
$65.00

DVD: MONEYBALL BRAD PITT Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt,
$8.11

Moneyball Blu-Ray Disc DVD 2 Disc Dss Widescreen Eng FrenParisian Sub Dub
$33.59

MICHAEL LEWIS The Blind Side + Moneyball 1st Edition 1st Printings Norton HC DJ
$29.95

Moneyball Blu-ray (DVD - 2011) Brad Pitt
$8.79

CARLOS PENA,A'S,MONEYBALL,RAYS,TIGERS,SIGNED,AUTOGRAPHED,BASEBALL,COA,PROOF
$79.99

Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis 2011 CD BASEBALL
$19.99
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