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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1994 Topps Stadium Club Billy Bean Rare "Members Only" Padres Gay Interest MLB
$6.99
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1993 ProCards Billy Bean Las Vegas "Stars" Gay Interest MLB Player Mint
$5.99
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1987 ProCards Billy Bean Toledo Mud Hens Gay Interest MLB Player Mint
$5.99
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1994 Mothers Cookies Billy Bean San Diego "Padres" Gay Interest MLB Player Mint
$5.99
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1989 Classic Billy Bean Detroit "Tigers" Rookie Gay Interest MLB Player Mint
$5.99
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1994 Topps Stadium Club Billy Bean "Golden Rainbow" Padres Gay MLB Player Mint
$6.99
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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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Lot of 87 2012 Goodwin Champions #15 Billy Beane!!!
$25.00
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1985 Tidewater Tides 26 card set Billy beane Lenny Dyksta John Gibbons Ed Hearn
$22.00
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1980 - 1987 - TOPPS & DONRUSS - 46 CARDS, INCL. BILLY BEANE, CHILI DAVIS, & MORE
$29.99
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2004 Topps All Time Fan Favorite - MINNESOTA TWINS Team Set - BILLY BEANE
$6.99
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1994 Topps Stadium Club Billy Bean # 669 MLB!!
$9.99
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1994 Pacific Billy Bean # 515 MLB!!
$9.99
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1991 Topps Baseball Jose Gonzalez # 279 Billy Bean Photo Variation Dodgers
$5.00
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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 Autographed Signed Baseball Oakland A's Brad Pitt MONEYBALL + Case A
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Billy Beane Autographed Signed Baseball Oakland A's Brad Pitt MONEYBALL + Case 1
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BILLY BEANE METS A'S GM SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL W COA
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1986 Donruss Signed Card #647 Billy Beane Mets PSA DNA Rookie Moneyball A's
$44.99
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1994-97 Oakland A's Athletics Team Signed Autographed Auto Baseball Billy Beane
$62.99
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BILLY BEANE Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo, Oakland A's, Moneyball, Bean
$44.99
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BILLY BEANE 2012 UD GOODWIN CHAMPIONS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #15 A'S MONEY BALL
$21.21
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BILLY BEAN " money ball " SIGNED AUTO MLBASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS
$85.40
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99
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Billy Beane Moneyball Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 4x6 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED
$20.00
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$39.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
$199.99
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED Official MLB Baseball AUTOGRAPHED
$400.00
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Twins A's GM SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 8x10 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.

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Billy Beane Autographed Signed Baseball Oakland A's Brad Pitt MONEYBALL + Case A
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Billy Beane Autographed Signed Baseball Oakland A's Brad Pitt MONEYBALL + Case 1
$74.97
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Sports Illustrated (NO LABEL) & Athletics magazine "MONEYBALL" issues MINT
$11.00
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Moneyball (DVD, 2012)
$12.98
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Moneyball Rental Copy Version Blu-Ray Disc (Brand New)
$13.07
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Moneyball (DVD, 2012)
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Oakland A's BILLY BEANE Signed 4x6 Photo MONEYBALL AUTOGRAPH 1Q
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Brad Pitt Hi School Yearbook Meet Joe Black 12 Monkeys Benjamin Button Moneyball
$250.00
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Moneyball by Michael Lewis (2004, Paperback, Reprint)
$13.83
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BRAD PITT SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MONEYBALL OCEANS SEVEN COA A
$200.00
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BRAD PITT SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MONEYBALL OCEANS SEVEN COA B
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BRAD PITT SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MONEYBALL OCEANS SEVEN COA C
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BRAD PITT SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH MONEYBALL OCEANS SEVEN COA D
$200.00
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Moneyball (Blu-ray DVD, 2012, 2-Disc Set, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$6.00
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SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ART HOWE SWEETSPOT BASEBALL COA PROOF!!! MONEYBALL!!
$59.99
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Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2013, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$17.23
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