Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

Chisenhall auto ImageThe 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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LONNIE CHISENHALL BOWMAN CHROME BLUE REFRACTOR ROOKIE AUTO.53 150.MINT
$80.00
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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Sterling REF Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Lot (3)
$36.00
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2010 TOPPS PRO DEBUT PROSPECT AUTOGRAPHS LONNIE CHISENHALL ROOKIE AUTO #LC
$8.25
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LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractor AUTO RC BGS 9.5 10 GEM 9 RBI
$49.50
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Bowman Chrome auto xfractor 225 Michael Bourn 500 refractor Lonnie Chisenhall
$17.50
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2008 LONNIE CHISENHALL Razor Minors Rookie Autograph # 128 rc auto Indians!
$17.99
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(2) Lonnie Chisenhall 2009 09 Bowman Draft Prospects Rookie Auto Indians HOT!
$5.00
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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Lonnie Chisenhall Rc Auto Refractor Lot x3 500
$6.19



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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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RARE Jason Kipnis Auto GU Lot #ed 399 BV$40 Hot!!
$14.99
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2014 ALLEN & GINTER JASON KIPNIS MINI FRAMED RED INK AUTOGRAPH AUTO #09 10
$31.09
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Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto 50
$199.95
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JASON KIPNIS 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter FRAMED MINI AUTO On-Card Autograph
$6.99
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2013 Topps Triple Threads Jason Kipnis 12 50* Future Phenoms Auto!! 2- Clr Jsy
$24.99
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2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Mini Autograph: JASON KIPNIS auto
$5.00
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2013 Topps JASON KIPNIS ALL-STAR STITCHES JERSEY AUTOGRAPH CARD 25 auto indians
$49.99
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Jason Kipnis 2013 Topps Supreme Stylings Asia AUTO SP 05 50 Cleveland Indians
$9.99



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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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BGS 9.5 2012 Finest GOLD REFRACTOR JERSEY 10 AUTO Drew Pomeranz RC #d 45 50
$74.99
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Drew Pomeranz Auto Upper Deck RC numbered #688 799
$24.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME USA BASEBALL RC AUTO ROOKIE 100 USA-BC16
$149.99
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2012 Panini National Treasures #171 Drew Pomeranz RC Auto 99
$8.40
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DREW POMERANZ 2009 Upper Deck USA National BIG SIGS AUTO 75 #BSNT-DP NM-MT!
$25.00
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 ORANGE REFRACTORS 25
$199.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 Auto ATHLETICS A's
$19.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO AUTOGRAPH PSA 10 GEM MINT ATHLETICS A's
$19.99



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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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2011 TONY WOLTERS In The Game ITG Heroes and Prospects auto A-TW
$6.99
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2009 UD Team USA Tony Wolters By The Letter LETTERMAN AUTO 59 100 SP RC "A"
$12.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph Auto Tony Wolters RC 44 50 USA
$29.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Autograph Nicky Delmonico Tony Wolters Dual AUTO 500
$9.00
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2010 TOPPS USA TONY WOLTERS RED INK AUTO RC 74 99
$19.99
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2010 TOPPS USA TONY WOLTERS TRIPLE JERSEY AUTO RC # 219
$12.99
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TONY WOLTERS RC AUTO 2010 BOWMAN CHROME USA BASEBALL CARD # USA-TW
$8.00
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2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball USA Patch Autograph Auto Tony Wolters RC 16 99
$10.99



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