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

O-PEE-CHEE YANKEE BASEBALL CARD LOT MATTINGLY CATFISH HUNTER NETTLES MURCER OPC
$14.00

1966 Topps 36 Catfish Hunter VG #D125014
$6.25

1966 Topps 36 Catfish Hunter EX #D125854
$6.38

Catfish Hunter #6 Sketch Card Limited 7 25 Edward Vela Signed
$13.25

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #D-1 Catfish Hunter Reggie Jackson Sparkly Lyle
$5.00

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #D-1 Catfish Hunter Reggie Jackson Sparkly Lyle
$5.00

1966 Venezuela Topps #36 Catfish Hunter PSA 3 Kansas City Athletics HOF
$250.00

1973 Topps Candy Lids Catfish Hunter PSA 5 Oakland Athletics HOF
$125.00

Jim Catfish Hunter Autographed 1993 Nabisco All Star Autographs Card NY Yankees
$37.95

1967 Topps # 369 Jim Catfish Hunter HOF VG PSA 3
$15.00

2001 Greats of the Game Feel the Game Classics CATFISH HUNTER Jersey (B1688)
$12.00

2016 Topps Tribute Purple #56 Catfish Hunter New York Yankees Baseball Card
$7.75

2016 Topps Tribute Purple #56 Catfish Hunter New York Yankees Baseball Card
$7.75

2016 Topps Tribute Purple #56 Catfish Hunter New York Yankees Baseball Card
$7.99

1975 TOPPS #230 CATFISH HUNTER ATHLETICS HOF PSA 8 B2501152-019
$19.99

1967 TOPPS #369 CATFISH HUNTER ATHLETICS HOF PSA 9 B2501988-246
$279.99
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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:

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

Active Listings for Catfish Hunter Signed Photographs

Catfish Hunter Signed Photo

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Jim "Catfish" Hunter Autographed Signed 1987 Perez-Steele Postcard A's PSA DNA
$39.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER 1976 TOPPS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.07

JIM CATFISH HUNTER 1979 TOPPS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$45.07

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED 3X5 INDEX PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$44.99

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA ORIGINAL PHOTO CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
$42.22

JIM CATFISH HUNTER YANKEES SIGNED PSA DNA PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$40.56

JSA Authentic Signed Jim Catfish Hunter Auto American League Baseball
$104.95

Jim Catfish Hunter Signed Autographed Gold Yellow HOF Plaque Postcard PSA DNA
$24.99

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PEREZ STEELE POSTCARD JSA LTD EDITION MINT
$35.00

SIGNED CATFISH HUNTER BERRA KALINE FISK 19 SIGS AL HOF BASEBALL JSA LOA AUTO
$895.00

JIM CATFISH HUNTER YANKEES SIGNED PSA DNA PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$40.49

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 1987 HOF FDC AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$45.07

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 1971 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
$45.07

JIM CATFISH HUNTER PSA DNA SIGNED 3X5 INDEX AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$39.55

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$47.99

JIM CATFISH HUNTER SIGNED PSA DNA CERTED 1975 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
$40.56
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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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