Born as James Augustus Hunter, collecting Catfish Hunter baseball cards would increase any collectionís value. Catfishís professional career almost never happened due to a hunting accident as a teenager when his foot was injured but Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Aís saw something special, pulling him into the major leagues. It was Finley who started calling him Catfish, a nickname that stuck. Today, his baseball cards are in abundance and easy to find. The 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Chronology Jersey Catfish Hunter baseball card, graded in mint 9 condition goes for about $20 while the 2001 Sweet Spot Classic Catfish Hunter baseball card #12 in mint condition. The value of some more recent cards like the 2004 Topps Tribute Catfish Hunter card sell for less than $5.
While with the A's, Hunter pitched the ninth perfect game in baseballís history, a first in the AL since 1922. He was also awarded the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year and AL Cy Young Awards. In 1975, he joined the New York Yankees, making an even greater mark on the game and becoming the highest paid pitcher in the game. Hunter achieved many things, such as being in four winning World Series. Thanks to unmatched speed and precision, Catfish Hunter was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Being a solid player who dedicated his life to the game, collectors should consider purchasing Catfish Hunters baseball cards on eBay, as well as other online sites.
The Catfish Hunter rookie card is his best baseball card. These cards are very hard to find in premium condition. A Mint 9 version of the 1965 Topps rookie card sells for around $200. NM-MT 8 version sells for about half the price of a 9 hovering a little over $90. Catfish Hunter autograph cards are are some other great investments. Many of these cards were inserted into packs of Topps baseball cards and have turned into some outstanding collectibles. Here is a list of the best and most expensive Catfish Hunter baseball cards.
Top 5 Catfish Hunter Baseball Cards
1965 Topps Catfish Hunter rookie card
1966 Topps Catfish Hunter baseball card
1967 Topps Catfish Hunter baseball card
1968 Topps Catfish Hunter baseball card
1969 Topps Catfish Hunter baseball card