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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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Minnesota Twins BILLY BEANE autographed 1987 Topps
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BILLY BEAN 1987 Venezuelan Winter League Sticker #195
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Billy Bean 2017 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Certified Autograph Auto
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1986 Donruss 647 Billy Beane JSA Certified New York Mets RC Rookie Baseball Card
$15.45

1986 Donruss 647 Billy Beane JSA Certified New York Mets RC Rookie Baseball Card
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2017 TOPPS ARCHIVES FAN FAVORITES BILLY BEAN AUTOGRAPH SAN DIEGO PADRES
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BILLY BEAN 2017 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Auto Autograph #BB (C2659)
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2017 Billy Bean Peach Fan Favorite Autograph Auto Topps Archives Card 150 FFABB
$12.99

2017 Billy Bean Fan Favorite Autograph Auto Topps Archives Card FFA-BB Padres
$9.99

Billy Bean signed 1988 Topps baseball Detroit Tigers autograph #267
$8.00

Billy Beane Minnesota Twins Autograph 1987 Topps #114 Signed Card MONEYBALL 17G
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1987 Pro Cards Toledo Mud Hens 30-card Minor League Team Set Billy Beane
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1982 TCMA Jackson Mets Billy Bean First Card Partial Set Moneyball A's GM
$49.99

Billy Bean signed 1989 Score baseball card Detroit Tigers rookie autograph
$8.50

2017 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Billy Bean Auto Autograph Card #FFA-BB
$8.99

Billy Beane AUTOGRAPH 2012 GOODWIN CHAMPIONS BASEBALL CARD SIGNED
$14.95
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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 8x10 PSA Oakland Athletics A's
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BILLY BEANE NEW YORK METS ACTION SIGNED 8x10
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Billy Beane Oakland A's Signed ML Baseball PSA DNA
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Billy Beane Signed Framed 11x14 Photo Display Oakland A's Moneyball
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Billy Beane Signed Framed 11x14 Photo Display Oakland A's GM Moneyball
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Billy Beane Minnesota Twins Autograph 1987 Topps #114 Signed Card MONEYBALL 17G
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Billy Beane Signed 3x5 Index Card Autographed Signature Baseball Money Ball
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SIGNED OAKLAND ATHLETICS A'S MONEYBALL GM BILLY BEANE MLB BASEBALL W CASE COA
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Money Ball Billy Beane Autographed signed picture w COA-Oakland A's
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Donruss 86 Billy Beane autographed card
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Fleer Billy Beane autographed Card
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Billy Beane Signed Baseball MLB PSA DNA Auto Autograph Athletics
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1986 Donruss New York Mets SIGNED CARD AUTOGRAPHED
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BILLY BEANE Signed 8X10 autograph ATHLETICS GM PSA DNA COA authentic A'S MONEYBA
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MONEYBALL JSA Billy Beane, Bill James, Paul DePodesta Oakland A SIGNED AUTOGRAPH
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MONEYBALL Billy Beane 1987 Topps Minnesota Twins SIGNED CARD 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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Brad Pitt Moneyball Signed Autographed Photo Global GA GAI COA Framed 8x10!
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Moneyball (DVD, 2012) Chris Pratt, Brad Pitt VG FREE SHIPPING
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In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by Mark L
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Moneyball Chris Pratt Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo COA
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2 Audiobooks - Moneyball - Michael Lewis & Trickle up Poverty - Michael Savage
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Moneyball (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)
$19.16

Moneyball (4K HD Edition) Blu-ray Region B Brand New!
$20.81

1st 1st Printing MONEYBALL Michael Lewis FILM Movie SPORTS Biography
$19.50

Moneyball (Two-Disc Blu-ray DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
$5.21

Moneyball - DVD Region 1
$11.30

(14) Brad Pitt DVD Lot: World War Z Seven Fight Club Troy Snatch Moneyball MORE
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
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The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Tim
$18.88

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2004 BRAND NEW PB)
$9.99

Moneyball: The Art of Winning Unfair Game by Michael Lewis 2011, CD, Unabridged
$9.00

DVD Moneyball Passing Glory Movie Lot, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Rip Torn
$5.98
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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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