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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2008 Razor Lonnie Chisenhall PLATINUM AUTO RC 25 Autograph
$14.99
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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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2010 Topps Pro Debut Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Blue #049 199 Pre-Rookie Autograph
$9.99
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2010 bowman platinum Lonnie Chisenhall auto
$10.00
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2010 Topps Pro Debut Rookie LONNIE CHISENHALL Auto Cleveland Indians Autograph
$11.75
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2008 bowman chrome lonnie chisenhall rookie auto autograph
$15.00
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2009 bowman Lonnie Chisenhall &2007 bowman first Keith Weiser Auto Cards lot 2
$9.99
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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors #BDPP112 Lonnie Chisenhall AUTO
$49.99



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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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2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis Orange Ref Rc auto #13 25 BGS 9 10. Indians
$300.00
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2014 Topps #235 Jason Kipnis Auto Autograph COA Cleveland Indians
$6.90
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JASON KIPNIS 2012 PANINI PRIZM AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$22.00
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2013 Topps Triple Threads Jason Kipnis 12 50* Future Phenoms Auto!! 2- Clr Jsy
$23.99
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Jason Kipnis 2013 Bowman Platinum Cutting Edge Stars Die Cut Auto Autograph # 25
$69.69
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2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball Prospect Jason Kipnis (2) RC Rookie Auto Autograph
$44.99
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Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto 50
$189.99
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2014 Donruss Series 2 JASON KIPNIS Status Red Auto 5 Die Cut
$12.99



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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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DREW POMERANZ 2012 Topps Finest Rookie Auto Jersey 199 Rockies Oakland As RC
$8.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2012 Topps Triple Threads Rookie Auto Jersey 75 Oakland As RC
$8.99
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2009 UD Signature Stars USA National Team Future Watch Jersey Auto Drew Pomeranz
$19.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN STERLING AUTO ROOKIE RC
$12.99
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #212 RC auto Rockies
$9.95
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs 299 auto Rockies
$12.95
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Topps Finest Rookie Relic Autograph 199 Auto RC Rockies
$9.95
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECTS AUTO AUTOGRAPH 2 CARD LOT INDIANS
$24.95



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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 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP98 Rookie Auto Indians RC
$7.99
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09 UD SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS LETTER RC AUTO 100
$19.99
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09 UD SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS JERSEY AUTO # 399
$12.99
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2009 UD Signature Stars USA National Team Future Watch Auto Tony Wolters # 50
$74.99
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Tony Wolters 2010 Bowman Sterling BLACK Refractor GU Jersey RC Auto #'d 3 25 USA
$22.49
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2009 UD Sig. Star USA Nat'l Team Future Watch Auto #42 Tony Wolters Jersey 793
$19.99
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2010 TOPPS USA TONY WOLTERS 3 COLOR PATCH AUTO 50
$5.99
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2011 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO 150
$10.99



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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+.

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