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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2012 Goodwin Champions mini Magician 15 Billy Beane Only 12 made 10 12 Rare
$44.99

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

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

1984-1990 Billy Beane 8-Card Minor Lg Lot - Rancho Bernardo, Santa Ana CA, G103
$19.95

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

BILLY BEANE 2004 TOPPS FAN FAVORITES TWINS AUTO AUTOGRAPH
$5.50

1988 PRO CARDS 27 CARD TOLEDO MUDHENS COMPLETE TEAM SET BILLY BEANE-HOILES
$7.00

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

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

Billy Beane Blank Back Mini - Goodwin Champions - 2013 Upper Deck
$19.99

1988 CMC Toledo Mud Hens Team Set Billy Bean (Detroit Tigers affiliate) 25 Cards
$7.00

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

1987 Topps "TIFFANY" - * BILLY BEANE * #114 - "Moneyball" - BCCG 10
$10.99

1987 fleer #535 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$7.00

1987 Portland Beavers Billy Beane Solana Beach California CA Baseball Card
$12.99

1986 fleer update #11 BILLY BEANE (BRAD PITT MONEY BALL) rookie BGS BCCG 10
$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 signed autograph 2x3.5 cut GM Oakland A's MONEYBALL PSA Slabbed
$45.00

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Twins A's GM SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$24.99

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

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 8x10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$50.00

BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99

1986 Donruss Billy Beane signed PSA DNA rookie card Moneyball Oakland A's
$29.99

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

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

Billy Beane Autographed Baseball Card Oakland Athletics Gm Money Ball 2012 Up...
$31.43

BILLY BEANE SIGNED 1986 FLEER UPDATE ROOKIE PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED
$69.99

Money Ball inscription signed Billy Beane 1987 Topps 114, PSA DNA Twins auto
$60.00

Billy Beane Signed Autographed 8x10 photo Oakland Athletics Money Ball Brad Pitt
$40.00

Billy Bean Signed Autograph Baseball Homosexual Gay MLB Ambassador for Inclusion
$69.99

Billy Beane Signed Athletics 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #X70334
$34.99
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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 by Lewis, Michael
$25.32

2003 Oakland Athletics Media Guide Moneyball - CHAVEZ, ZITO, TEJADA
$9.99

MONEYBALL 2011 35mm Trailer V #1 film collectible cells SCOPE 2 min 30 sec.
$15.00

BRAD PITT SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH FIGHT CLUB SEVEN MONEYBALL COA A
$200.00

BRAD PITT SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH FIGHT CLUB SEVEN MONEYBALL COA B
$200.00

BRAD PITT SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH FIGHT CLUB SEVEN MONEYBALL COA D
$200.00

Michael Lewis MONEYBALL The Art Of Winning an Unfair Game W.W. Norton1st Ed 2003
$18.95

Blu-ray Slipcovers - Lot #5 - SLIPCOVER ONLY ** SLIPCOVER ONLY ** SLIPCOVER ONLY
$7.00

Moneyball Philip Hoffman Chris Pratt Brad Pitt Jonah Hill Signed Autograph Photo
$9.99

Moneyball (Blu-ray, 2012)
$11.01

BENNETT MILLER SIGNED MONEYBALL DIRECTOR WITH JONAH HILL PHOTO AUTOGRAPH COA
$47.49

BENNETT MILLER SIGNED MONEYBALL DIRECTOR PROMO 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH COA
$47.49

BENNETT MILLER SIGNED MONEYBALL DIRECTOR ON FIELD PHOTO AUTO COA SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
$47.49

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet) BRAND NEW
$10.95

MONEYBALL MOVIE POSTER 2 Sided ORIGINAL FINAL 27x40 BRAD PITT
$15.00

Billy Beane signed autograph 2x3.5 cut GM Oakland A's MONEYBALL PSA Slabbed
$45.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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