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.

Top eBay Listings




2008 08 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT BLUE REF LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC ROOKIE #d 071 150
$29.99

2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Auto Green Refractor #LC Lonnie Chisenhall 112 199
$13.99

2010 Topps Pro Debut Rookie LONNIE CHISENHALL Auto Cleveland Indians Autograph
$8.75

2010 Topps Pro Debut AUTO Reg & Blue #LC Lonnie Chisenhall Lot of 2 B76465
$23.97

(6) 2009 Bowman Lonnie Chisenhall Draft Auto BPA-LC Cleveland Indians Lot
$24.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2010 Bowman Platinum RC REFRACTOR AUTO Indians ROOKIE HOT SP
$5.99

2012 Topps Triple Threads Lonnie Chisenhall EMERALD JERSEY AUTO 8 50 1 Autograph
$54.99

2008 Bowman Chrome Lonnie Chisenhall X-FRACTOR AUTO RC 225 Autograph
$59.99



« Previous12345...89


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.

Top eBay Listings




2014 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION JASON KIPNIS INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH #75 399
$14.99

JASON KIPNIS 2013 Topps Triple Thread Jersey auto #18 99! Great Card!
$12.72

2015 Panini Donruss JASON KIPNIS AUTOGRAPH AUTO BLUE INDIANS 99 B3856
$7.41

JASON KIPNIS 2014 Topps Museum Collection SEPIA Auto #4 5 All-Star INDIANS
$59.99

2012 Panini Prizm Jason Kipnis AUTO Autograph
$9.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Jason Kipnis Auto Jersey Button #ed 1 6
$299.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Jason Kipnis Die Cut Auto #ed 89 99
$19.99

2010 JASON KIPNIS BOWMAN CHROME GOLD REFRACTOR AUTO 40 50 INDIANS
$450.00



« Previous12345...89


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.

Top eBay Listings




2010 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECT AUTOGRAPH AUTO #DP DREW POMERANZ
$6.49

2009 UD USA GOLD FUTURE WATCH Drew Pomeranz Game Used LOGO PATCH AUTO A's RC 50
$99.99

DREW POMERANZ Rockies SIGNED 2011 Bowman TOPPS 100 Autograph SP RC ON CARD AUTO
$8.99

DREW POMERANZ AUTOGRAPH AUTO LOT OF 3 ROCKIES TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION USA L7836
$6.23

DREW POMERANZ 2009 UPPER DECK USA BASEBALL BOX SET #USA-73 AUTO BB1329
$6.00

2010 ud USA national DREW POMERANZ auto INSCRIPTIONS
$45.00

2009 Upper Deck USA DREW POMERANZ Game Used Jersey Rookie Auto Serial #D 417 799
$5.99

Bowman Chrome Drew Pomeranz rc auto orange refractor #11 25
$26.99



« Previous12345...1213


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?

Top eBay Listings




TONY WOLTERS 2009 UPPER DECK USA National AUTO Game Used RED PATCH # 11 25 RC
$5.99

2011 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS REFRACTOR RC AUTO 500
$14.99

TONY WOLTERS 2009 UD USA 18U Triple 3-color Jersy RED AUTO Serial #17 25 INDIANS
$9.99

2011 Donruss Elite EE Yearbook Signatures AUTO #13 Tony Wolters 180 221 B76459
$19.97

TONY WOLTERS 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Auto 99 BGS 9 10 (4215)
$10.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS AUTO GOLD REF 26 50
$54.99

2010 Bowman Chrome USA-TW TONY WOLTERS auto BLUE refractor 99 Team USA Indians
$19.99

2010 Topps USA Tony Wolters Green Auto #05 25 Autograph Mint Indians
$12.99



« Previous12345...910


 |  E-Mail | URL
Paul Lesko is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and the chair of its Intellectual Property Department (http://www.simmonsfirm.com). Don’t hold the fact that Paul is a lawyer against him, he’s also a rabid baseball and college basketball fan, and an avid baseball card collector. Paul can be found on Twitter @Paul_Lesko and Google+.

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.

MENU