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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2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE CATFISH HUNTER MILESTONE MATERIALS JERSEY CARD
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1986 TOPPS PETE ROSE #4 GM 10, SUNOCO ROGER MARIS CATFISH HUNTER GM 10
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ATHLETICS 1969 COMPLETE Topps Stamp Album (SAL BANDO CATFISH HUNTER DICK GREEN
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1979 Topps #670 Jim Catfish Hunter PSA 7.5
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CATFISH HUNTER New York YANKEES Autograph All Star Card - MLBPAA LOA - MINT
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7p Baseball Publicity Photo Card Bill Mazeroski Catfish Hunter Niekro McGraw 99'
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2013 Topps Baseball A's Cy Young Trophy Jim Catfish Hunter CY-CH NrMt-Mt
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1975 Topps #230 Catfish Hunter PSA 7
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1966 Venezuela Topps #36 Catfish Hunter PSA 3 Athletics
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1971 Milk Duds Candy Catfish Hunter PSA 10 Oakland HOF
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1973 Topps Candy Lids Catfish Hunter PSA 5 Athletics
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1966 Topps #36 Jim Catfish Hunter PSA 8 NM-MT Kansas City Athletics A's
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1971 TOPPS #45 JIM 'CATFISH' HUNTER A'S
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1971 TOPPS - #45 JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER (A's)!! GREAT HOF CARD!!
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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

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Catfish Hunter Signed Photo

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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1974 Topps Card #7 PSA DNA #83525947
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Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed 1993 Nabisco Card PSA DNA #83285580
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1979 Topps Card PSA DNA #833
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1979 Topps Card PSA DNA #83311415
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Jim Catfish Hunter Perez-Steele #1810 Signed Autographed Auto PSA DNA T56296
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Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed Magazine Cover A's PSA DNA #S39052
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Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed Signed Magazine Cover A's PSA DNA #S39048
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Jim Catfish Hunter HOF 87 Signed Autographed Baseball Cap Hat JSA COA*
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1972 Topps Card PSA DNA #83318498
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1971 Topps Card PSA DNA #83309973
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card PSA DNA #83318720
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1971 Topps Card PSA DNA #83309974
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card PSA DNA #83318676
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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1976 Hostess Card PSA DNA #83318143
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