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.

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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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1985 International League All-Stars TCMA #7 Billy Beane Moneyball Baseball Card
$12.99

1986 fleer update #11 BILLY BEANE (BRAD PITT MONEY BALL) rookie BGS BCCG 10
$10.00

1988 Toledo Mud Hens ProCards #595 Billy Bean - NM-MT
$5.00

2004 TOPPS FAN FAVORITES BILLY BEANE SGC AUTHENTIC AUTO #89 (AU56348)
$25.00

1987 Fleer Glossy - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set - BILLY BEANE - Kirby Puckett
$6.75

1987 Topps #114 Billy Beane AUTHENTICATED Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 2k2
$49.99

1987 Topps Billy Beane #114
$9.99

LOT OF 10!!! Billy Beane 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Card #15
$5.99

1986 Fleer Update Barry Bonds Billy Beane Brad Pitt Moneyball Rookie Card Movie
$7.99

(3) card lot - 1986 Donruss - Billy Beane Rookie #647 - Oakland A's GM - Mets
$12.99

1984 Jackson Mets 25 card set Lenny Dykstra Billy Beane Al Pedrique
$18.00

1987 TOPPS TIFFANY - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set BILLY BEANE Kirby Puckett
$10.79

1984-1990 Billy Beane 8-Card Minor Lg Lot - Rancho Bernardo, Santa Ana CA, G103
$15.96

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

1991 Topps #279.1 Jose Gonzalez (photo actually Billy Bean) Baseball Card 0d7
$16.25

1991 Line Drive Billy Bean auto PSA DNA autograph
$25.00
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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 Autographed 4x6 photo Oakland Athletics Money Ball Brad Pitt
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
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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
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 11x14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
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Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Oakland A's Moneyball 34
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Oakland A's Billy Beane Signed Practice A's Jersey Size XXL ? Very Rare COA
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BILLY BEANE 1986 DONRUSS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #647 A'S GM MONEYBALL
$23.96

Billy Beane Signed Bat Athletics Jsa COA
$99.99

BILLY BEANE OAKLAND ATHLETICS SIGNED 'MONEYBALL' 12x18 MOVIE POSTER w COA MLB
$179.99

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

Billy Beane signed autograph 2x3.5 cut GM Oakland A's MONEYBALL PSA Slabbed
$45.00

Billy Beane Oakland Athletics Money Ball Signed 8x10 Auto PSA MLB
$49.95

BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99

Minnesota Twins BILLY BEANE autographed 1987 Topps
$25.55
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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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1985 International League All-Stars TCMA #7 Billy Beane Moneyball Baseball Card
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Moneyball Billy Beane Oakland A's Athletics Michael Lewis Bill James Statistics
$18.99

Moneyball (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
$12.78

PITT,BRAD-MONEYBALL (BLU-RAY DVD 2 DISC DOL DIG 5.1 DSS WS ENG FREN( Blu-Ray NEW
$30.71

Moneyball - Bradd Pitt (DVD, 2012) FREE SHIPPING
$6.00

Stitches St. Louis Cardinals Youth Red Moneyball Shorts
$34.99

Stitches St. Louis Cardinals Youth Red Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches St. Louis Cardinals Youth Red Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches St. Louis Cardinals Youth Red Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches L.A. Dodgers Youth Royal Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches L.A. Dodgers Youth Royal Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches Detroit Tigers Youth Navy Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches Detroit Tigers Youth Navy Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches Detroit Tigers Youth Navy Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches Detroit Tigers Youth Navy Moneyball Shorts
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Stitches Detroit Tigers Youth Navy Moneyball Shorts
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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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