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 fleer #535 BILLY BEANE twins rookie BGS BCCG 9
$6.00
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1987 Fleer Glossy - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set - BILLY BEANE - Kirby Puckett
$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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2004 Topps All Time Fan Favorite - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set - BILLY BEANE
$6.99
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1986 donruss #647 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card (money ball- Brad Pitt) BGS BCCG 10
$12.00
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1982 Jackson Mets; New York Mets AA minor leauge club BILLY BEANE of Money Ball
$449.00
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1991 Topps Baseball Jose Gonzalez # 279 Billy Bean Photo Variation Dodgers
$5.00
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PSA 10 1986 DONRUSS # 647 BILLY BEAN GENERAL MANAGER MONEY BALL
$19.99
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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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1987 topps #114 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card BGS BCCG 9
$5.00
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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 Beane Blank Back Mini - Goodwin Champions - 2013 Upper Deck
$30.00
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1980 - 1987 - TOPPS & DONRUSS - 46 CARDS, INCL. BILLY BEANE, CHILI DAVIS, & MORE
$28.50
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1994 Fleer Billy Bean # 654 MLB*
$9.99
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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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RARE SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE GAME USED BAT PROOF COA
$199.99
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BILLY BEANE PSA DNA SIGNED 1986 FLEER UPDATE ROOKIE CARD MONEYBALL
$49.99
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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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OAKLAND ATHLETICS BILLY BEANE SIGNED MONEYBALL MOVIE POSTER W COA BASEBALL A'S 2
$179.99
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BILLY BEANE AUTO AUTOGRAPHED 8 x 10 PHOTO w COA Athletics
$39.95
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BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99
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SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE SWEETSPOT BASEBALL PROOF COA
$99.99
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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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1991 Wiz Signed Card #26 Billy Beane Mets PSA DNA Authentic Auto
$50.00
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1986 Fleer Update Signed Rookie Card #U-11 Billy Beane A's Twins Moneyball
$30.00
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1987 Fleer Glossy Signed Card #535 Billy Beane A's Moneyball Twins Autograph
$20.00
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1987 Topps Tiffany Glossy Signed Card Billy Beane A's Twins Moneyball Autograph
$20.00
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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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Jonah Hill signed Moneyball 8x10 photo - Video Proof - The Wolf of Wall Street
$65.00
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"Moneyball" by Michael Lewis ©2004 Abridged ^,,^ Audiobook CDs
$5.99
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PLAIN CLOTHES (1988) Arliss Howard (Moneyball) George Wendt (Cheers) Stack
$15.99
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RARE SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE GAME USED BAT PROOF COA
$199.99
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Moneyball (2011)
$23.19
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Moneyball - BLURAY - VGC - FREE POST
$8.36
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MONEYBALL*****BLU-RAY*****REGION FREE*****NEW & SEALED
$18.55
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2 x Brad Pitt Photos 10" x 8" (Matt) Seven, Fight Club, Moneyball, World War Z
$12.00
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Chris Pratt Moneyball 'Scott Hatteberg' 8x10 Photo
$20.00
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(2011-08-22) Moneyball, Lewis, Michael, W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, Good
$5.98
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NEW Moneyball Marketing by Larry Popelka Hardcover Book (English) Free Shipping
$37.71
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MONEYBALL by Michael Lewis - 1st 1st HCDJ 2003 - film movie brad pitt (1-10)
$31.50
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Moneyball - Blu-ray Disc Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet Brad Pitt - NEW
$10.99
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Moneyball Blu-ray Bluray Movie Brad Pitt Baseball Oakland A's As Jonah Hill
$5.99
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20 DVD movie lot: Moneyball, Fight Club, Xmen X2, The Last Stand, Batman Begins
$14.99
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
$33.93
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