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 212x300 Image

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.

1986 Fleer Update Billy Beane 211x300 Image

Billy Beane Other Notable Cards

 

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1987 Portland Beavers Billy Beane Solana Beach California CA Baseball Card
$12.99
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1987 fleer #535 BILLY BEANE twins rookie BGS BCCG 9
$6.00
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1985 Tidewater Tides 26 card set Billy beane Lenny Dyksta John Gibbons Ed Hearn
$22.00
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1988 Topps Cloth Billy Bean ISA 8 (NM-MT) *3058
$25.95
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1982 Jackson Mets; New York Mets AA minor leauge club BILLY BEANE of Money Ball
$112.25
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1987 Fleer Glossy - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set - BILLY BEANE - Kirby Puckett
$6.00
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Billy Beane Blank Back Mini - Goodwin Champions - 2013 Upper Deck
$30.00
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1985 TCMA IL ALL STAR SET - BILLY BEANE MONEYBALL MIKE GREENWELL KEVIN MITCHELL
$12.95
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1988 Topps Tiffany 267 Billy Bean RC
$5.00
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1991 Topps Baseball Jose Gonzalez # 279 Billy Bean Photo Variation Dodgers
$5.00
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1987 fleer #535 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$10.00
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1987 Pro Cards Portland Beavers 25-card Twins Minor League Team Set Billy Beane
$5.95
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1984 Jackson Mets 25 card set Lenny Dykstra Billy Beane Al Pedrique
$18.00
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2004 topps all-time fan favorites #89 BILLY BEANE athletics BGS BCCG 10
$5.00
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BILLY BEAN 1987 RC Venezuelan Winter League Sticker # 195 NAVIGATORS
$14.00
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1985 International League IL All Stars Billy Beane Tidewater Tides Baseball Card
$12.99
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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 Image

 

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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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED Official MLB Baseball AUTOGRAPHED
$400.00
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
$199.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99
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RARE SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE GAME USED BAT PROOF COA
$199.99
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BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99
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OAKLAND ATHLETICS BILLY BEANE SIGNED MONEYBALL MOVIE POSTER W COA BASEBALL A'S 2
$179.99
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1986 Fleer Update Signed Rookie Card #U-11 Billy Beane A's Twins Moneyball
$31.50
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BILLY BEANE PSA DNA SIGNED 1986 FLEER UPDATE ROOKIE CARD MONEYBALL
$49.99
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BILLY BEANE AUTO AUTOGRAPHED 8 x 10 PHOTO w COA Athletics
$35.95
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BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99
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1986 Donruss Signed Rookie Card #647 Billy Beane A's Mets Moneyball Autograph
$29.40
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BILLY BEANE OAKLAND A'S ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$24.99
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BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99
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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.

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Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$15.19
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ART HOWE autograph baseball Oakland A's signed Moneyball auto Houston Astros
$29.99
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Moneyball by Michael Lewis (2011, Paperback, Movie Tie-In)
$11.98
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Moneyball Blu-ray Bluray Movie Brad Pitt Baseball Oakland A's As Jonah Hill
$5.99
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Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UV) Philip Seymour Hoffman
$6.99
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Jim Mecir 2000-2004 Oakland A's Moneyball Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo COA
$8.07
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis 2004 Audio Book CD
$6.99
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Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012)
$7.99
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Moneyball; the Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis US HC 1st 1st
$24.99
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Moneyball 12 Monkeys Troy (Brad Pitt BD collection!)
$31.00
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Billy Beane Autographed 1987 Fleer Twins Athletics Moneyball Auto Autograph A's
$5.99
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Aaron Sorkin Autographed Moneyball Full 168 Page Script Screenplay Writer COA
$300.00
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Jonah Hill Moneyball & Superbad Comedy Actor 8x10 Glossy Color Photo
$7.95
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BRAD PITT SIGNED AUTOGRAPH SPORTS ILLUSTRATED IN PERSON COA AUTO RARE MONEYBALL
$200.00
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BRAD PITT.. Moneyball's Billy Beane - SIGNED
$95.00
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Moneyball (DVD, 2012)
$5.99
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