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Ten Valuable Jim Catfish Hunter Baseball Collectibles

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Jim Catfish Hunter made his major league debut with the Kansas City Athletics on May 13, 1965. Valuable Catfish Hunter baseball collectibles include Kansas City Athletics player's contracts, 1965 Topps rookie cards, signed baseballs, New York Yankees unif

Jim "Catfish" Hunter (1946-1999) was one of the American League's most dominant pitchers of the 1970s. Hunter played his 1965-1979 major league career with the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, amassing a 224-166 won-loss record, 2,012 strikeouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.26. An eight-time All Star, the American League's 1974 Cy Young Award winner and a tragic victim of ALS, Catfish Hunter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Here are ten valuable Catfish Hunter baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the mound once again for the Oakland A's #27 the great Jim Catfish Hunter...

Catfish Hunter 1967 Kansas City Athletics Baseball Contract

Catfish Hunter posted a 13-17 won-loss record for the hapless Kansas City Athletics in 1967. Hunter's 1967 Kansas City contract called for an annual salary of $13,500. This historic document, signed by Hunter, Kansas City executive vice president Ed Lopat and American League president Joe Cronin, sold at auction for $5,676.25.

Jim Hunter 1967 Athletics contract $5,676.25 - Heritage Auctions

Catfish Hunter 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Card #526 in the high number series of the 1965 Topps baseball issue constitutes Jim Hunter's rookie card, one which he shares with John "Blue Moon" Odom, Skip Lockwood and Rene Lachemann. One graded example in PSA near mint 7 condition brought $51 at auction.

Catfish Hunter 1965 Topps rookie card $51 - Heritage Auctions

Catfish Hunter Single Signed Baseball

A ball signed by Catfish Hunter on the sweet spot in PSA mint 9 condition brought $179.25 at auction.

Catfish Hunter 1989 Perez-Steele Celebration Postcard

Card #18 Jim Hunter graces the 1989 Perez-Steele Celebration postcard set. One autographed/graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $20. Only 10,000 sets were made.

Catfish Hunter 1989 Perez-Steele postcard $20 - Heritage Auctions

Catfish Hunter Signed Bat

A 1993 25th anniversary Oakland A's commemorative bat signed by Catfish Hunter on the barrel in blue sharpie brought $71.70 at auction. Only 1,000 bats were produced.

Catfish Hunter Autographed Gold Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard

A gold Hall of Fame plaque postcard signed by Catfish Hunter and authenticated/encapsulated by PSA/DNA sold at auction for $33.

Catfish Hunter signed gold Hall of Fame postcard $33 - Heritage Auctions

Catfish Hunter Signed Photograph

A framed 8x10-inch color photo signed by Catfish Hunter as a New York Yankee fetched $95.60 at auction.

Catfish Hunter 1976 New York Yankees Game-Used Uniform

In 1976 Jim Hunter posted a 17-15 record with the Yankees. Hunter's complete 1976 New York uniform – #29 jersey and pants – sold at auction for $2,031.50. The uniform had been shipped down to the minor leagues after the 1976 season where it was worn by a member of the Tacoma Yankees – note the "TY" on the jersey which replaced the original "NY" logo. Such was the case back then, when frugality ruled the clubhouse!

Jim Hunter's 1976 Yankees uniform $2,031.50 - Heritage Auctions

Catfish Hunter 1975 New York Yankees Game-Used Jersey

In 1975 Catfish Hunter posted a 23-14 record for the Yankees in his first season in New York. Hunter's 1975 Yankees game-used #29 road jersey – autographed on the collar in blue sharpie – brought $8,812.50 at auction.

Jim Hunter 1975 Yankees road jersey $8,812.50 - Robert Edward Auctions

Catfish Hunter 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Original Art

The original artwork executed for Jim Hunter for card #526 of the 1965 Topps series – Hunter's rookie card – sold at auction for $822.50.

Original 1965 Topps Jim Hunter rookie card art $822.50 - Robert Edward Auctions

Jim Catfish Hunter Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey
  • Top image: Jim Catfish Hunter signed Official American League ball on the sweet spot $131.45 - Heritage Auctions

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