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 217x300 Image

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.

ebaysmalllogo Image
1213864779004040 1 Image
1976 Laughlin Diamond HUNTER Catfish #7 SGC 96 PSA 9 Set BREAK Jubilee
$16.00
2210646436074040 1 Image
2004 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch Jerseys #13 Catfish Hunter 045 100
$14.99
1513586456624040 1 Image
1979 BURGER KING #6 JIM CATFISH HUNTER YANKEES 670
$75.00
3505053582894040 1 Image
2010 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER AUTOGRAPH AUTO - A'S, YANKEES, HOF
$53.95
1613489653084040 1 Image
Oakland A's Vintage Postcards Catfish Hunter Sal Bando Postcards Post Cards Rare
$9.88
3908867715854040 1 Image
PERFECT CENTERING! 1969 TOPPS JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER #230 EX+
$6.99
1213890623644040 1 Image
Catfish Hunter 1998 Donruss Signature AUTO 2000 BGS 9.5 10 AUTOGRAPH Died: 1999
$79.95
3504391298874040 1 Image
1977 CHILLY WILLEE JIM CATFISH HUNTER, NEW YORK YANKEES
$7.15
2615158291024040 1 Image
1987 DONRUSS HIGHLIGHTS #19 CATFISH HUNTER HOF YANKEES POP 3 PSA 10 B1736244-518
$9.99
2011293832774040 1 Image
2008 UPPER DECK GOUDEY--MINI--GREEN BACK--CATFISH HUNTER--ATHLETICS--#137--27 88
$7.00
2813206663174040 1 Image
1977 Topps Cello Pack PSA 7 Lou Brock Top and Catfish Hunter on Bottom
$190.00
3607088398454040 1 Image
1978 Topps #460 Jim Catfish Hunter New York Yankees
$5.99
1613711302814040 1 Image
$101 Athletics lot 1970-79 Reggie Jackson Catfish Hunter Phil Garner RC 62 dif
$19.95
3511218759244040 1 Image
Jim Catfish Hunter GRADED CARD!!! Beckett BCCG 8!! 1967 Topps #369 Athletics
$13.99
4001291987674040 1 Image
JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER 2004 SP LEGENDARY CUTS HISTORIC SWATCHES PINSTRIPE JERSEY
$6.99
1613711591614040 1 Image
$71 Athletics lot 1975-79 Reggie Jackson Rollie Fingers Catfish Hunter nm 45 dif
$17.95
« Previous1234
 Image

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 260x82 Image

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 260x260 Image

Catfish Hunter Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Catfish Hunter Signed Photographs

Catfish Hunter Signed Photo 241x300 Image

ebaysmalllogo Image
1607790181324040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA PEREZ-STEELE HOF CARD 83213843
$99.99
3906191878464040 1 Image
CATFISH HUNTER HAND SIGNED POSTCARD PSA DNA SLABBED
$50.00
3906192188984040 1 Image
Ballad of Jim Catfish Hunter Signed 45 Record PSA COA
$125.00
1213892778244040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER GRADED PSA DNA 8.5 SINGLE SIGNED MLB BASEBALL WOW!
$175.00
4007170757424040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED 1973 TOPPS PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.00
3609449623834040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA CERTED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$144.00
3212624815224040 1 Image
Jim "Catfish" Hunter signed Oakland A's 1985 TCMA baseball card Psa Dna
$65.00
2208131523504040 1 Image
Jim Catfish Hunter A's 8X10 Signed Color Photo Auto PSA
$75.00
3005770032184040 1 Image
Jim Catfish Hunter CJ 8X10 Signed Color Photo Auto PSA
$75.00
3005770032304040 1 Image
Jim Catfish Hunter 8X10 Signed B&W Photo Auto PSA DNA
$75.00
3609732512954040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED BASEBALL HOF AUTOGRAPHED JSA X38013
$129.99
2509085071424040 1 Image
CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1995 JIMMY DEAN ALL TIME GREATS CARD
$40.00
1305618427424040 1 Image
JIM CATFISH HUNTER AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL JSA LOA
$119.96
3906202588134040 1 Image
JIM 'CATFISH' HUNTER HAND SIGNED YELLOW HOF PC JSA COA
$40.00
3214456798014040 1 Image
MICKEY MANTLE Whitey Ford CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA Signed 1980 ALL STAR Baseball
$550.00
2515950173544040 1 Image
1965 Topps Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Rookie Card #526 PSA DNA
$600.00
« Previous1234
 Image

More Info

For general information and player statistics about Catfish Hunter, visit:


 |  E-Mail Author | 
Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.

Leave a Comment: