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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LOT OF 10!!! Billy Beane 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Card #15
$13.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1987 Topps "TIFFANY" - * BILLY BEANE * #114 - "Moneyball" - BCCG 10
$11.99

1986 donruss #647 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card (money ball - Brad Pitt) BGS BCCG 9
$7.05

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

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

BILLY BEAN RARE 1987 Venezuelan Winter League Sticker # 195
$14.00

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
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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 NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99

BILLY BEANE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Y24769 A'S MONEYBALL
$59.99

BILLY BEANE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA #Y24770 A'S MONEYBALL
$59.99

Billy Beane Signed Aurographed Moneyball ball JSA J 42271
$99.99

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

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

BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99

BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Twins A's GM SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$25.00

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss Mets A's GM SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$24.99

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

BILLY BEAN DETROIT TIGERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO W COA
$20.00

JSA BILLY BEANE SIGNED MLB Manfred Baseball Oakland A's GM Moneyball
$174.99

Billy Beane Signed Autographed 8x10 photo Oakland Athletics Money Ball Brad Pitt
$49.99

Billy Beane Signed Autograph 12x18 Movie Poster Moneyball Oakland A's MLB JSA
$185.00
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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.

Moneyball DVD

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2001 SPx 4 Johnny Damon A's signed gorgeous blue sharpie auto ny moneyball
$24.99

Jason Giambi 2001 SPx 5 A's signed gorgeous black sharpie auto ny moneyball USA
$18.99

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (Paperback, 2011)
$7.84

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

Moneyball
$7.99

Moneyball Blu-ray (DVD - 2011) Brad Pitt (C5)
$8.79

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Lewis, Michael
$8.00

1994 SIGNATURE ROOKIES #8 SCOTT HATTEBURG AUTOGRAPH ROOKIE RC MONEYBALL A074
$10.75

Moneyball DVD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dss 1.85 Widescreen Eng French Parisian Sub
$14.59

Moneyball (Blu-ray)
$13.73

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2012, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet) NEW!
$6.75

MONEYBALL - BRAD PITT-JONAH HILL- FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION VERSION - PROMO
$5.00

MONEYBALL Brad Pitt Jonah Hill DVD R4
$7.80

Brad Pitt Moneyball Signed Autographed Photo Global GA GAI COA Framed 8x10!
$123.96

NEW In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Ma
$28.86
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