Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

The Cleveland Indians field a really young team, after just calling up Lonnie Chisenhall on June 27 to play third, and Jason Kipnis on July 21 to play second. And one mustn't forget their future pitching ace, Drew Pomeranz. Although Chisenhall is batting .259 in the majors, he's young (22) and will improve. Also, while Kipnis went 0-for-2, and was hit by a pitch in his debut Friday, he did play well defensively, including at least one highlight where he backhanded a ground ball and still had time to throw out Mark Teahen. Kipnis hit a lead-off home run in the Futures Game, which is a sign of good things to come.

Lonnie Chisenhall

Since 2008, Chisenhall has signed just about every card out there. He's got a 2008 Razor auto (numbered to 699), and 2008 Bowman Chrome, 2008 Bowman Sterling, 2009 Bowman, 2009 TriStar Projections and 2010 Bowman Platinum autos with the typical print runs associated with those sets. Chisenhall's best choices would be the 2008 Razor or 2008 Bowman Chrome. His cards are relatively affordable now given his less than stellar debut, so now may be the time load up.

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2008 Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands Lonnie Chisenhall Auto SP RC Card #5 5
$64.00

Lonnie Chisenhall RC Auto 2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autograph Refractor
$11.00

LONNIE CHISENHALL CLEVELAND INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH LOT OF THREE CARDS
$29.95

2010 Bowman Platinum LONNIE CHISENHALL Indians Prospect (on-card) Refractor Auto
$15.00

LONNIE CHISENHALL Autograph 2009 TRISTAR CLEVELAND INDIANS SIGNED Auto
$5.95

2010 Topps Pro Debut Rookie LONNIE CHISENHALL Auto Cleveland Indians Autograph
$7.00

LONNIE CHISENHALL Signed 2011 Bowman TOPPS 100 Autograph SP RC ON CARD AUTO
$11.24

LONNIE CHISENHALL-indians-2008 BOWMAN DRAFT PICKS CHROME AUTO RC BGS 9.5 10.0
$19.99



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Jason Kipnis

Kipnis has three autos available: his 2009 Donruss Elite (out of 319), 2010 Bowman Chrome (typical print run) and 2010 Tristar Obak (numbered less than 125). The Bowman Chrome is still the best card, but the low numbered Elite and Obaks are certainly good investments also.

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2014 PANINI DONRUSS SIGNATURES AUTO CARD JK JASON KIPNIS CLEVELAND INDIANS
$9.99

2010 Jason Kipnis Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Refractor Auto 9.5 10
$99.99

Jason Kipnis 2014 Topps Supreme Auto 50
$25.00

2013 Topps Jason Kipnis Chasing History Auto Cleveland Indians
$5.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis on card AUTO Indians STAR
$49.99

JASON KIPNIS 2010 BOWMAN CHROME SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO INDIANS
$18.00

2014 Panini National Treasures Jason Kipnis Acetate 3 Color Patch Auto 25
$14.97

2014 Panini National Treasures Jason Kipnis Acetate GU Patch Auto 4 5
$24.97



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Drew Pomeranz

Pomeranz, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, was just promoted from Class A - Advanced where he had a 1.87 ERA and struck out 95 batters in 77 innings. In his AA debut he had another good performance, striking out someone named Bryce Harper both times he saw him.

There are quite a few Pomeranz cards to select from. There's his Upper Deck USA auto cards, ITG auto cards and his Bowman Chrome, Bowman Platinum and Elite Extra Edition autos. Don't worry about the Bowman Chrome, Bowman Platinum and Elite Extra Edition autos, he's sporting an identical pose for all of them (only the uniform changes).

In that case, the choice is between the Bowman Chrome auto and the Extra Edition auto. Here, I'd prefer the Elite Edition auto because it's also an on-card auto, and because there's only 527 of them (the rest of Pomeranz's autos in that set are stickers or patches). Since the Elite is more scarce, it might be a better investment now.

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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP82 Auto Drew Pomeranz PSA 10 GEM MINT
$79.99

2010 Bowman Chrome DREW POMERANZ Rookie Certified AUTO BDPP82 Cleveland Indians
$6.61

Drew Pomeranz- BGS 9.5- 2010 Bowman Chrome BLUE REFRACTOR- 50 150- A's Auto
$199.99

2009 UPPER DECK USA DREW POMERANZ AUTO JERSEY 300 799
$9.99

DREW POMERANZ 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars USA RC JERSEY AUTO 396 399 ROOKIE
$9.99

DREW POMERANZ RC 2009 UPPER DECK USA NATIONAL TEAM ON CARD AUTO #73
$9.99

2012 Finest Rookie Jumbo Relic Auto GREEN Refractors Drew Pomeranz RC 008 199
$9.99

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Drew Pomeranz RC AUTO 527
$7.99



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Tony Wolters

In Single A ball he's batting a hair below .300. Wolters plays shortstop and although he has committed a few too many errors, he's young (19), so as he ages, he'll play better. Wolters has all kinds of autos, including USA autos from 2009 Upper Deck, 2010 Bowman Chrome (stickers) and 2010 Topps, not to mention his non-USA 2011 Bowman Chrome autos. Given the low price of his 2011 Bowman Chrome autos (two blue autos went for under $20 on eBay), why not buy Chrome and go as high on the refractor ladder as you can?

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TONY WOLTERS RC GU AUTO 2010 BOWMAN STERLING USA BLACK REFRACTOR 7 25 USAR-20
$100.00

2009 UD Tony Wolters ROOKIE JERSEY AUTO #d 332 399
$28.00

TONY WOLTERS 2009 UD USA National AUTO Game Used RED PATCH # 11 25 RC ROCKIES
$8.50

2010-11 IN THE GAME TONY WOLTERS 1 1 AUTO WHITE BETWEEN THE SEAMS NO. BTS-TW
$79.99

2011 Donruss Elite Tony Wolters Auto Autograph Rookie RC 499
$5.00

TONY WOLTERS 2010 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR AUTO # 199 INDIANS AUTOGRAPH
$11.99

Tony Wolters 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto Rc USA 199 Qty Available
$7.99

2011 ITG Heroes & Prosp Country of Origin Auto Silver #TW Tony Wolters Sp
$7.95



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