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 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall 199 Auto 2u3
$15.25

2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall 199 Auto 1j2
$20.20

2010 Bowman Platinum Lonnie Chisenhall Prospect Refractor Auto
$7.50

2010 Bowman Platinum Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Rookie
$10.79

2008 TRISTAR Prospects Plus #FH-LC Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Baseball Card 0c6
$8.25

2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Baseball Card 1z4
$15.24

2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Baseball Card 0v0
$19.19

2010 Bowman Platinum #BPA-LC Lonnie Chisenhall 199 Cleveland Indians Auto 2h4
$14.00
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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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JASON KIPNIS 2014 DONRUSS SIGNATURES AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP
$19.99

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition #4 Jason Kipnis Ike Davis 50 Auto Card 2q3
$25.25

2013 TOPPS JASON KIPNIS AUTO AUTOGRAPH INDIANS CHASING HISTORY
$15.00

Jason Kipnis Auto 2014 Panini Donruss Signatures #JK
$8.00

2014 National Treasures Treasure Signature Materials Auto Patch Jason Kipnis 25
$39.99

Jason Kipnis 335 500 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto plus 2 BASE ones!PRISTINe
$109.99

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Autographed BCP196 Jason Kipnis Auto 1h5
$14.74

2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP196 Jason Kipnis 500 Cleveland Indians Auto Card 8b6
$24.99
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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 RED INK RC AUTO RARE SP 25 LOT - 2009 UPPER DECK INSCRIPTIONS ++
$39.99

2012 Topps Chrome 155 Drew Pomeranz 199 Colorado Rockies Auto Baseball Card 4l3
$17.49

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz RC Auto Blue Refractor 150 BGS 9
$68.00

2012 Topps Finest Drew Pomeranz Auto and Jersey Rookie #203 299
$5.99

BGS 9.5 2012 Finest GOLD REFRACTOR JERSEY 10 AUTO Drew Pomeranz RC #d 45 50
$74.99

2012 Panini National Treasures #171 Drew Pomeranz AUTO RC #d 99 rockies - NM-MT
$10.80

2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #212 Drew Pomeranz Auto - NM-MT
$7.20

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Close Up AUTO Silver #DP2 Drew Pomeranz
$9.75
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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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2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #USA-86 Tony Wolters 99 Auto Autographed Card 0o9
$13.80

2009 UPPER DECK SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS AUTO JERSEY 399
$12.99

2011 Topps Pro Debut Tony Wolters Cut Auto 95
$25.00

TONY WOLTERS 2009 UPPER DECK USA PROSPECTS AUTO PATCH CARD #10 25 ROCKIES
$12.99

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Full Body AUTO Silver #TW Tony Wolters
$5.20

2010 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Dual AUTO #BSDA1 Tony Wolters Nicky Delm
$8.00

2010 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS AUTO LOT OF 3 CARD JUST CALL UP ROCKIES
$7.00

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition 160 Tony Wolters 99 Cleveland Indians Auto 5j0
$10.25
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