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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Lonnie Chisenhall 2010 Bowman Platinum Refractor Auto Autograph
$14.95

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft XFRACTOR AUTO RC 225
$24.99

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

2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM PROSPECT AUTO BPALC LONNIE CHISENHALL REFRACTOR RC PSA 10
$39.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 BOWMAN CHROME RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9 10
$24.99

2008 BOWMAN CHROME LONNIE CHISENHALL RC ROOKIE AUTO CLEVELAND INDIANS
$14.99

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

2012 Triple Threads Lonnie Chisenhall 16 50 Auto Jersey Patch Cleveland Indians
$17.99



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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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2013 Supreme Asia Jason Kipnis #14 20 BLUE Auto Indians Stylings Autograph Topps
$22.49

2013 Supreme Asia Jason Kipnis 3 15 ORANGE Auto Cleveland Indians Stylings Topps
$29.69

2014 Donruss Signatures JK Jason Kipnis Auto Indians
$9.99

2014 National Treasures JASON KIPNIS 3 Color Patch Auto #'D 25
$14.16

Jason Kipnis 2013 Bowman Platinum Cutting Edge Stars Die Cut Auto Autograph # 25
$69.69

2012 TRIPLE THREADS JASON KIPNIS UNITY AUTO JERSEY RELICS 68 99
$19.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME JASON KIPNIS INDIANS BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO 150
$74.99

Jason Kipnis Bowman chrome rookie card auto
$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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2012 BOWMAN CHROME DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO CARD NO. 212 ON CARD AUTO OAKLAND A's
$24.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME DREW POMERANZ AUTO BUY BACK #'d 23 100 SUPER RARE ON CARD
$139.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME DREW POMERANZ AUTO GOLD REFRACTOR #'d 20 50 OAKLAND ATHLETICS
$89.99

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

2010 DREW POMERANZ BOWMAN CHROME USA RC BUYBACK AUTO 100 OAKLAND RARE
$19.99

2010 ud USA national DREW POMERANZ auto INSCRIPTIONS
$45.00

4 lot AUTO 2010 Bowman Chrome signed DREW POMERANZ Oakland A's Autograph
$24.49

2009 UD USA DREW POMERANZ Rc Jersey Auto 399
$6.99



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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 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS REFRACTOR RC AUTO 500
$14.99

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

2010 TOPPS TEAM USA TRIPLE GAME USED JERSEY AUTO TONY WOLTERS SP # 219
$7.95

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

TONY WOLTERS 2009 UD USA 18U Triple 3-color Jersy RED AUTO Serial #17 25 INDIANS
$14.99

TONY WOLTERS UD 2009 USA By The Letter AUTO RC 100 Indians (Lot of 3 USA)
$49.99

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

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



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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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