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

 

Top eBay Listings

2004 topps all-time fan favorites #89 BILLY BEANE athletics BGS BCCG 10
$5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

1987 fleer glossy #535 BILLY BEANE (BRAD PITT MONEY BALL) rookie card BGS BCCG 9
$5.00

1987 topps #114 BILLY BEANE (BRAD PITT - MONEY BALL) rookie card BGS BCCG 9
$5.00

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

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

2012 GOODWIN CHAMPIONS Billy Beane RED MAGICIAN PARALLEL #'d 1 12 eBay 1 1 SSP!!
$29.99
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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

 

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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RARE SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE GAME USED BAT PROOF COA
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BILLY BEANE METS SIGNED PHOTO 8X10 MONEY BALL ID # 25236
$29.00

Minnesota Twins BILLY BEANE autographed 1987 Topps
$25.55

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

Oakland A's Billy Beane Signed Practice A's Jersey Size XXL ? Very Rare COA
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BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED Official MLB Baseball AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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BILLY BEANE 1986 DONRUSS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #647 A'S GM MONEYBALL
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BILLY BEANE OAKLAND ATHLETICS SIGNED 'MONEYBALL' 12x18 MOVIE POSTER w COA MLB
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Twins A's GM SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 11x14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$79.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 11x14 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
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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 ORIG. U.S. ONE SHEET MOVIE POSTER (BRAD PITT)
$40.00

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (Paperback, 2011)
$7.83

(2004-04) Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael Lewis, W. W. Nor
$5.98

Moneyball (Blu-ray DVD, 2012, 3-Disc Set) w Slipcover
$12.98

MONEYBALL [9780393324815] - MICHAEL LEWIS (PAPERBACK) NEW
$12.31

OAKLAND A'S ROOKIE CARD LOT WITH ROOKIES HOT PROSPECTS-MONEYBALL-AND ITS WORKING
$25.00

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012 )
$6.50

Moneyball [ (Blu-ray Used Very Good) BLU-RAY 4K-Mastered
$13.54

Brad Pitt signed Moneyball Sports Illustrated Magazine EXACT PROOF Oakland SI
$349.95

Billy Beane Autographed 1986 Donruss Baseball Card Mets Moneyball
$12.00

Savannah Lathem Signed Card - 6" x 4" - Moneyball - S1819
$31.01

Moneyball (DVD, 2011) PG-13
$7.56

Moneyball - Blu-ray Region B Brand New Free Shipping
$20.12

J. EDGAR Oscar ad in shadows Clint Eastwood & MONEYBALL Brad Pitt in stands
$5.99

Moneyball (Blu-ray DVD + Bonus Disc, 2012, 3-Disc set)
$6.00

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012 )
$6.25
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