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 2008 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Auto #2 5 RC (BuyMVP)
$649.99

2008 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT LONNIE CHISENHALL BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5
$34.99

2012 Triple Threads Lonnie Chisenhall 16 50 Auto Jersey Patch Cleveland Indians
$19.99

Lonnie Chisenhall 2010 Bowman Platinum AUTO Refractor {3 HR-9 RBI's 6 9 14
$17.99

2009 09 LONNIE CHISENHALL CLEVELAND INDIANS OBAK TRISTAR AUTOGRAPH AUTO # 50
$12.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH #BPA-LC
$19.95

LONNIE CHISENHALL Signed 2011 Bowman TOPPS 100 Autograph SP RC ON CARD AUTO
$11.24

2008 LONNIE CHISENHALL Bowman Chrome Rookie Autograph Refractor #d 499 rc auto!
$29.99



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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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2012 Panini Prizm Autograph Auto #JK Jason Kipnis
$5.10

JASON KIPNIS 2009 Donruss Elite Blue AUTO SP RC 50 100
$79.99

JASON KIPNIS 2013 TOPPS CHASING HISTORY AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$20.00

JASON KIPNIS 2013 PANINI PRIZM AUTO CLEVELAND INDIANS #JK
$19.95

2013 America's Pastime Jason Kipnis Auto 15 25
$29.99

2014 Topps Certified Autograph Issue Auto Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
$6.99

2014 Donruss Baseball Signatures #JK Jason Kipnis AUTO Texas Rangers
$7.50

2014 Donruss Signatures auto JASON KIPNIS Cleveland Indians
$7.99



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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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2011 ITG In The Game Heroes And Prospects H&P Autograph Auto Drew Pomeranz RC
$5.49

Drew Pomeranz AUTO Card 2011 Cleveland Indians
$9.99

2009 UD USA Baseball Drew Pomeranz Letter Patch auto 100
$10.00

2010 BOWMAN STERLING DREW POMERANZ AUTO INDIANS
$14.99

DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO 2010 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECT AUTOGRAPHS BSP-DP 4 CARD LOT
$11.40

Drew Pomeranz- BGS 9.5- 2010 Bowman Chrome BLUE REFRACTOR- 50 150- A's Auto
$148.57

2012 Topps Finest Drew Pomeranz Auto GW Jersey Rookie #203 299
$17.95

2010 Bowman Sterling Drew Pomeranz Auto
$11.95



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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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2010 BOWMAN CHROME USADA-3 NICKY DELMONICO & TONY WOLTERS AUTO REF. 500
$29.99

2010 Topps USA Baseball Tony Wolters Rookie Auto Autograph COA Cleveland Indians
$6.95

2011 Bowman Prospects Tony Wolters Rookie Auto Autograph COA Cleveland Indians
$6.95

2009 BOWMAN AFLAC TONY WOLTERS ALL-AMERICAN AUTO QTY
$19.99

TONY WOLTERS 2011 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO AUTOGRAPH #BCP98
$7.95

TONY WOLTERS NICKY DELMONICO 2010 BOWMAN STERLING USA REFRACTOR AUTO #72 99
$11.95

2010 BOWMAN CHROME USA TONY WOLTERS DELMONICO AUTO 500
$13.99

TONY WOLTERS Indians 2011 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT Autograph RC Rookie AUTO
$9.99



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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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