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

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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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1975 SSPC #593 CATFISH HUNTER & NOLAND RYAN PSA 10 B1577175
$55.99
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Game Used Bats, 2010 Triple Threads 6 18
$44.99
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1993 Nabisco Catfish Hunter Autographed Card with COA
$9.99
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Lot Of 4 Jim Catfish Hunter Topps Cards
$5.00
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2012 Panini Signature Series Jim Catfish Hunter 1 1 cut auto autograph card HOF
$249.99
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21 lot Catfish Hunter Golden Age mini Red Croft Candy Allen Ginter mini Gyspy No
$5.50
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CATFISH HUNTER 2012 Topps Update Blockbusters YANKEES HALL OF FAME PATCH
$9.99
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1972 TOPPS #330 JIM CATFISH HUNTER OAKLAND ATHLETICS A'S WITH FREE SHIPP
$10.19
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER 2004 Ultimate Collection Gold #9 Yankees #d 44 50
$5.00
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1993 Nabisco Jim Catfish Hunter All Star Autograph MLBPA COA Auto Card
$26.99
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1974 TOPPS #7 JIM 'CATFISH' HUNTER A'S
$6.00
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1969 Topps #235 Catfish Hunter EXMT 42087
$11.00
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1973 TOPPS #235 JIM 'CATFISH' HUNTER A'S
$6.00
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1973 Topps Jim 'Catfish' Hunter Baseball Card #235, NEAR MINT!!! ATHLETICS!!!
$5.00
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1979 Topps PROOF Catfish Hunter Yankees
$500.00
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2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE - MILESTONE MATERIALS #MIM-CH CATFISH HUNTER...PGC CERTIFIED
$12.99
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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:

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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

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Catfish Hunter Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Catfish Hunter Signed Photographs

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Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed 8 X 10 Photo w JSA Sticker Yankees
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Jim Catfish Hunter signed auto 1989 Pacific Legends PSA
$36.00
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1976 Topps Signed Catfish Hunter #100, *Yankees* JSA
$74.95
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER VINTAGE SIGNED PSA DNA 1969 TOPPS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$59.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA SIGNED 1975 HOSTESS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$49.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$131.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA 1977 TOPPS UNCU STRIP
$53.00
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Jim Catfish Hunter 1967 Topps #369 signed autographed psa dna auto 83392016
$99.00
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Vintage Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Autographed Baseball Ball JSA LOA #X19057 MINT
$999.00
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Catfish Hunter Yogi Berra Autographed Signed Baseball GAI COA Stacks Of Plaques
$124.99
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Ray Dandridge Ernie Banks Catfish Hunter Duke Snider Signed Autograph Ball PSA
$200.00
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PSA DNA JIM CATFISH HUNTER OAKLAND A's AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO I57674
$43.54
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER VINTAGE JSA CERTED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$55.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$124.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED 1989 PACIFIC PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$40.00
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JIM CATFISH HUNTER FRAMED AUTOGRAPH SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO GLOBAL AUTHENTICATION GAI
$120.00
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