Catfish Hunter Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Catfish Hunter

Date of Birth: 4/8/1946
Rookie Card Year: 1965
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Catfish Hunter spent 14-years in the majors playing for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees. As a member of five Worlds Series Championship teams, Catfish Hunter cards are popular with numerous collectors and very affordable. In addition to winning a Cy Young Award he was also one of the quickest pitchers to reach 200 wins.

Hunter's lone rookie card is part of the 1965 Topps Baseball set. He shares the card with Rene Lachemann, Skip Lockwood and Johnny Odom.

His first autographed card is from the 1993 Nabisco All-Stars set. His first certified autograph issued by a major manufacturer is his 1998 Donruss Signature Series card. It is serial numbered to 2,000.

Hunter's first game-used memorabilia cards debuted in several 2001 products from Fleer, Donruss/Playoff and Upper Deck. All of them feature jersey material. His card from 2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s stands out due to the size of the jersey swatch, which is larger than those on his other cards.

Genuine Catfish Hunter autographed memorabilia has maintained its value very well through the years. He died relatively young at the age of 53 from Lou Gehrig's Disease. As a result, there is not an overabundance of supply. This will most likely translate to an eventual increase in value of his signed memorabilia.

Catfish Hunter Rookie Card

1965 Topps Catfish Hunter RC #526

1965 Topps Catfish Hunter RC

It is interesting to see the "KC" attached to the name Athletics, but this is one of the cards that documents that part of baseball history. Hunter's is one of several key rookies in the set. When submitted for professional grading, the card carries a premium with any grade higher than 7 out of 10. It is still relatively affordable in that condition.

Top eBay Listings

JSA Authentic Signed Jim Catfish Hunter Whitey Ford Signed AL Brown Baseball
$93.95

1990 PACIFIC LEGENDS #68 CATFISH HUNTER HOF POP 1 PSA 10 B1439243
$14.99

1970 topps JIM Catfish HUNTER #565 Athletics ex condition
$39.99

1972 topps #330 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Oakland A's Original baseball card
$10.00

1972 JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER TOPPS CARD #330-OAKLAND ATHLETICS NEW YORK YANKEES
$5.00

1979 TOPPS BASEBALL #670 JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER, YANKEES, HOF - PSA 8 (72970)
$8.95

2005 Donruss Greats Yankees Clippings Jim Catfish Hunter Jersey W Pinstripe
$12.95

1965 Topps #526 Athletics Rookie Stars - Catfish Hunter John EX N1183
$80.00

1965 Topps #526 Athletics Rookie Stars - Catfish Hunter John PSA 7 N2823
$235.00

1965 Topps #526 Athletics Rookie Stars - Catfish Hunter John PSA 6 N
$175.00

1971 Topps #45 Catfish Hunter EX N5106
$5.75

1971 Topps #45 Catfish Hunter EX MT N0334
$11.00

1971 Topps #45 Catfish Hunter NM N6537
$30.00

1975 Topps Mini #311 1974 ERA Leaders - Catfish Hunter Buzz C EX MT N8888
$11.00

1975 Topps Mini #230 Catfish Hunter EX N5065
$7.25

1975 Topps Mini #310 1974 Victory Leaders - Catfish Hunter Fe EX N7424
$6.50
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Autograph Guide

Catfish Hunter Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Catfish Hunter's authentic signature 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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Catfish Hunter Cut Signature Exemplar:

Catfish Hunter Signature Example

Catfish Hunter Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Catfish Hunter signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written on an even horizontal plane in cursive with a slight lean to the right.
  2. Despite few people actually calling him by his birth name of Jim, he signed it nearly every time.
  3. The "J" has a large "C" shape that then begins a vertical line down before looping back up.
  4. The "i" is implied by a dot.
  5. The "m" looks more like an "n."
  6. "Catfish" is signed slightly smaller than the first and last name. This makes individual letter identification more difficult.
  7. The most legible of all the letters are the "f" and "h." Each of them have a small elongated loop.
  8. The "H" is identified by the tall parallel lines. They are crossed in a manner that creates a "D" shape laying on its side.
  9. The "t" is the only other discernible letter and looks like a crossed letter "l."

Catfish Hunter Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Catfish Hunter Signed Baseballs

Catfish Hunter Signed Baseball

Catfish Hunter Signed Photograph Pricing

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Catfish Hunter Signed Photo

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JSA Authentic Signed Jim Catfish Hunter Whitey Ford Signed AL Brown Baseball
$93.95

JIM CATFISH HUNTER JSA AUTOGRAPH AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$135.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER JSA AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED
$135.00

Steiner Jim Catfish Hunter Signed OAL Baseball (JSA) (Case Not Included)
$299.99

Jim Catfish Hunter 1976 Topps Autographed Signed Auto Card PSA DNA 83409723
$99.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER VINTAGE SIGNED PSA DNA 1969 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

1987 Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Perez Steele Postcard, Limited Edition, JSA
$39.00

JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER OAKLAND A'S SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA #J56996
$79.98

A's Catfish Hunter (d.99) Signed Auto 8x11 Mounted Vintage Magazine Photo JSA
$24.99

JIM CATFISH HUNTER AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA INSC
$89.95

JIM CATFISH HUNTER Signed Official AL Baseball PSA DNA Autograph X78727
$109.99

Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed Index Card PSA DNA #65060712
$39.00

Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed 3x5 Index Card PSA DNA #83117943
$49.00

Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed First Day Cover PSA DNA #83186521
$59.00

Jim Catfish Hunter & Bonds Autographed Signed Newspaper Photo PSA DNA #T19880
$79.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA 1976 HOSTESS PANEL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$53.00
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