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

LOT OF 10!!! Billy Beane 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Card #15 (non-auto)
$7.99

LOT OF 10!!! Billy Beane 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Card #15
$5.99

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

1991 Line Drive Billy Bean auto PSA DNA autograph
$25.00

200 ROOKIE SPORTS CARDS Winfield, Gooden, Dunston, Billy Beane, Eric Lindros
$29.00

BILLY BEANE 2004 TOPPS ALL TIME FAN FAVORITES AUTO TWINS AUTOGRAPH RARE
$77.00

1986 Donruss - Billy Beane -Rookie #647 - PSA Gem Mint 10 -A's GM -hard to find
$34.99

1987 Pro Cards Portland Beavers 25-card Twins Minor League Team Set Billy Beane
$6.95

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

1988 CMC Toledo Mud Hens Team Set Billy Bean (Detroit Tigers affiliate) 25 Cards
$7.00

1985 TCMA TIDEWATER TIDES #14 BILLY BEANE RC METS POP 2 PSA 9 B2108533-211
$15.99

1987 Topps - BILLY BEANE - Hand Signed Autograph Rookie Card - A's MONEY BALL
$19.99

1985 TCMA Tidewater Tides #14 Billy Beane Rookie PSA 9 MINT
$30.00

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

1987 fleer #535 BILLY BEANE rc rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$7.00
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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 signed autograph 2x3.5 cut GM Oakland A's MONEYBALL PSA Slabbed
$45.00

Billy Beane Oakland Athletics Money Ball Signed 8x10 Auto PSA MLB
$49.95

BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
$29.99

Minnesota Twins BILLY BEANE autographed 1987 Topps
$25.55

Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Oakland A's Moneyball
$25.99

Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Oakland A's Athletics 27
$25.99

Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Oakland A's Yoenis Cespedes
$25.99

Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA Oakland A's Moneyball 37
$25.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Fleer Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPH
$31.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
$31.99

MONEYBALL Billy Beane Oakland A’s GM SIGNED 12x14 POSTER AUTOGRAPHED
$159.99

Billy Beane Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Athletics PSA DNA COA
$25.00

BILLY BEANE Signed New OMLB Baseball OAKLAND A's AUTHENTIC AUTO MONEYBALL B
$129.99

BILLY BEANE Signed New OMLB Baseball OAKLAND A's AUTHENTIC AUTO MONEYBALL
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RARE SIGNED OAKLAND A'S ATHLETICS MONEYBALL BILLY BEANE GAME USED BAT PROOF COA
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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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Mag-Nif Jackpot! Moneyball
$21.69

JONAH HILL.. Moneyball's Peter Brand - SIGNED
$75.00

Moneyball (Blu-ray Disc, 2013, Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet)
$21.79

Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003, Hardcover)
$30.00

Moneyball New DVD Brad Pitt Philip Seymour Hoffman Jonah Hill Robin Wright
$11.25

Moneyball New 2 Disc Blu-ray DVD Combo Brad Pitt Philip Seymour Hoffman
$16.90

In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Armou
$21.59

2003 Oakland Athletics Media Guide Moneyball - CHAVEZ, ZITO, TEJADA
$9.99

Bill King Oakland Athletics Team Signed BEST 'MONEYBALL' ITEM IN THE WORLD L@@K
$3,930.02

The Cardinals Way : How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same...
$16.26

The Baseball Book 1990 by Bill James, the father of Sabermetrics (Pb.) MONEYBALL
$5.21

AARON SORKIN Signed OML BASEBALL DC COA (MONEYBALL) SUPER RARE
$149.99

JONAH HILL signed autographed MONEYBALL photo
$75.00

JONAH HILL signed autographed MONEYBALL photo (1)
$75.00

Moneyball DVD, 2012
$6.99

BENNETT MILLER SIGNED MONEYBALL DIRECTOR WITH JONAH HILL PHOTO AUTOGRAPH COA
$42.75
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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