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

1987 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics All-Time All-Stars #6 Catfish Hunter 0b7
$5.25

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Red Shield #64 Catfish Hunter 50 Oakland Athletics 1o2
$16.25

1976 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars #5 Catfish Hunter New York Yankees Card 0b7
$7.25

1972 Topps #330 Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics Baseball Card d4s
$5.75

1973 Topps #235 Jim 'Catfish' Hunter OAKLAND A's PSA 8
$35.00

1969 Topps, #235 Catfish Hunter HOF PSA 4.5 VG - EX+
$12.95

1978 Topps Burger King Restaurant New York Yankees #7 Catfish Hunter Card 1v2
$5.25

1966 Topps 36 Catfish Hunter VG-EX #D127624
$7.25

REGGIE JACKSON & JIM CATFISH HUNTER 2004 THROWBACK THREADS DYNASTY JERSEY 13 25
$29.95

1975 TOPPS BASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS A'S HOF JIM CATFISH HUNTER *230 VG+ mini
$7.05

2015 Topps Archives Gold #248 Catfish Hunter 50 New York Yankees Card 3r4
$8.02

1966 Topps 36 Catfish Hunter NM #D143248
$21.25

Oakland A's 1977 Sportscaster Card Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Finger
$6.99

1970 Topps #565 Jim Catfish Hunter Oakland A's Centered EX+ Set Break S
$5.00

2001 Legends of New York #LYJ-CH Catfish Hunter Yankees Baseball Card 0r4
$10.25

2002 Fleer Fall Classic RFCH-TS Catfish Hunter Tom Seaver New York Mets Card 0r4
$8.25
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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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Jim Catfish Hunter Oakland A's Signed HOF Plaque Postcard PSA
$49.00

Catfish Hunter Signed 8x10 Hall of Fame Induction Card Photograph Autograph JSA
$79.99

Yankees Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Autographed Baseball PSA DNA Authentic
$159.99

Jim "Catfish" Hunter Signed National League Baseball JSA Letter COA Autograph
$80.01

JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RAWLINGS OAL BASEBALL JSA #Y65703
$164.68

Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Autograph Baseball OAL Bobby Brown PSA DNA Yankees HOF
$76.01

JIM CATFISH HUNTER YANKEES SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$46.80

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED 1973 TOPPS PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$42.30

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$48.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA SIGNED 3X5 INDEX AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$43.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA 1977 WORLD SERIES 7" BUTTON AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$58.50

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 1975 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
$44.10

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 1971 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
$49.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1987 HOF FDC AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$40.50

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 1987 HOF FDC AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$49.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER YANKEES SIGNED PSA DNA PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$40.50
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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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