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.

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2011 Donruss Limited Cuts Jim Catfish Hunter Cut Auto 41 49
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2010 Topps Manufactured Hat Logo Patch CATFISH HUNTER #47 99 #353 (26407)
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1965 Topps #526 - Jim "Catfish" Hunter (RC) - PSA 8 -- HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
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JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER (HOF) KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS 1967 TOPPS #369 NM(OC)
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1966 Topps "CATFISH HUNTER" (#36) PSA 8
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2010 LEAF SPORTS ICONS WAITE HOYT CATFISH HUNTER AUTOGRAPH AUTO #3 6 YANKEES HOF
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2002 UD World Series Heroes Match-Ups 74 Jim Catfish Hunter Jersey Steve Garvey
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"COOKING WITH CATFISH HUNTER" AUTOGRAPHED COOKBOOK BONUS JERSEY CARD
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2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE MATERIALS CATFISH HUNTER JERSEY
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2004 Donruss World Series Blue Holofoil Jim Catfish Hunter 18 25 Athletics
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2003 Ultra When It Was A Game Used #4 Catfish Hunter Jsy 200 - NM-MT
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JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER: 1995 ALL TIME GREATS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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1966 Topps #36 Jim Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics Card Hall of Fame
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1967 TOPPS #369 CATFISH HUNTER A'S SGC 82 EX NM+ 261459
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2006 SP Legendary Cuts, Catfish Hunter Game Used Jersey #BC-CH PSA 9! POP 2!
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1965 Topps Jim " Catfish " Hunter Rookie Stars NM #526 KC Athletics
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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

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Catfish Hunter Signed Baseball

Catfish Hunter Signed Photograph Pricing

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Catfish Hunter Signed Photo

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1976 Topps Signed Catfish Hunter #100, *Yankees* JSA
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Jim Catfish Hunter 1967 Topps #369 signed autographed psa dna auto 83392016
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Jim Catfish Hunter Signed 8x10 Photo AUTO JSA COA A's Yankees HOF Deceased 1999
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ATHLETICS JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL JSA #Y64041
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ATHLETICS JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #X78886
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Vintage Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Autographed Baseball Ball JSA LOA #X19057 MINT
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Catfish Hunter Yogi Berra Autographed Signed Baseball GAI COA Stacks Of Plaques
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PSA DNA JIM CATFISH HUNTER OAKLAND A's AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO I57674
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA AUTHENTIC SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER VINTAGE JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER A`S JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1979 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD PSA DNA D82009
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed SI Magazine Cover A's PSA DNA #W66726
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed SI Magazine Cover A's PSA DNA #W66725
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER Signed 8x10 A's Perfect Game Celebration Page Box score w JSA
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Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Oakland A's 8x10 Photo "HOF 87" PSA (P34235)
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