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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1980 - 1987 - TOPPS & DONRUSS - 46 CARDS, INCL. BILLY BEANE, CHILI DAVIS, & MORE
$28.50
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1985 International League IL All Stars Billy Beane Tidewater Tides Baseball Card
$12.99
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1986 fleer update #11 BILLY BEANE rc rookie BGS BCCG 10
$12.00
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1987 Topps "TIFFANY" - * BILLY BEANE * #114 - "Moneyball" - BCCG 10
$11.99
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Billy Beane Blank Back Mini - Goodwin Champions - 2013 Upper Deck
$30.00
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BILLY BEAN 1987 VENEZUELAN CARDS
$7.00
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1986 fleer update #11 BILLY BEANE rc rookie BGS BCCG 9
$7.05
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Lot of Detroit Tigers cards, Skeeter Barnes, Billy Bean, Tim Belcher Collection
$6.95
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1986 Donruss Baseball #647 Billy Beane Rookie Card - A's GM Moneyball
$7.95
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1986 donruss #647 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card (money ball - Brad Pitt) BGS BCCG 9
$7.05
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1985 TCMA Intl. League All Star BILLY BEANE Oakland A's Moneyball
$7.99
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Lot of 87 2012 Goodwin Champions #15 Billy Beane!!!
$19.00
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+1986 FLEER UPDATE SET 132, STICKERS: BARRY BONDS, WILL CLARK, BILLY BEANE RC +
$29.99
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BILLY BEAN 1987 RC Venezuelan Winter League Sticker # 195 NAVIGATORS
$14.00
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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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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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BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99
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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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BILLY BEANE METS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 MONEY BALL ID # 25236
$29.00
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Bill James Signed Auto Major League Baseball Billy Beane Moneyball PSA DNA
$129.99
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1986 Fleer Update Signed Rookie Card #U-11 Billy Beane A's Twins Moneyball
$21.00
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1991 Wiz Signed Card #26 Billy Beane Mets PSA DNA Authentic Auto
$35.00
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1986 Fleer Signed Card #U-11Billy Beane Twins PSA DNA Authentic Auto Rookie
$42.00
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JSA BILLY BEAN " money ball " SIGNED AUTO MLBASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS JSA CERT
$80.91
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
$159.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED Official MLB Baseball AUTOGRAPHED
$320.00
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SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE SWEETSPOT BASEBALL PROOF COA
$99.99
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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, DVD, BONUS, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$10.99
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Moneyball Book by Michael Lewis: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - New!
$12.99
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Moneyball Blu-ray 2012 Brad Pitt Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
$7.99
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Moneyball Poster Print, 27x40
$23.99
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The Beauty of Short Hops : How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball...
$29.95
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Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UV) Philip Seymour Hoffman
$6.99
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Lewis, Michael, Acceptable Book
$5.74
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MONEYBALL ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTER 27X40 BRAD PITT
$24.99
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AARON SORKIN SIGNED AUTO MONEYBALL SCRIPT FULL 168 PAGES OAKLAND BASEBALL NY COA
$140.00
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Moneyball (Blu-ray)
$13.89
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Brad Pitt Moneyball Signed Autographed Photo Global GA GAI COA Framed 8x10!
$154.95
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Moneyball
$11.00
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Oakland A's BILLY BEANE Signed 4x6 Photo MONEYBALL AUTOGRAPH 1B
$13.79
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Oakland A's BILLY BEANE Signed 4x6 Photo MONEYBALL AUTOGRAPH 1R
$13.79
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Oakland A's BILLY BEANE Signed 4x6 Photo MONEYBALL AUTOGRAPH 1V
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Minnesota Twins BILLY BEANE Signed 4x6 Photo MONEYBALL AUTOGRAPH
$13.79
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