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 chrome lonnie chisenhall auto (2) card lot (nr mnt)
$40.00

2010 Bowman Platinum #BPA-LC Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians Auto Card 0m7
$11.25

2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall Auto Baseball Card 7b7
$15.25

2010 Topps Pro Debut #PDA-LC Lonnie Chisenhall 199 Cleveland Indians Auto 1b3
$9.99

2008 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-LC Lonnie Chisenhall 199 Auto 2u3
$15.25

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2010 Bowman Platinum Rookie AUTO 10 Available
$9.99

2008 Bowman Chrome Lonnie Chisenhall AUTO RC Autograph
$9.99

1 1 Rookie Printing Plate,Auto Plate,Auto Rookie Lonnie Chisenhall 2 Available
$85.00
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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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CARLOS SANTANA JASON KIPNIS REFRACTOR RC AUTO LOT SP 500 - 2009 BOWMAN CHROME
$25.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Autographed BCP196 Jason Kipnis Auto 0g4
$14.75

2012 PANINI PRIZM AUTOGRAPHS AUTO CARD JK JASON KIPNIS CLEVELAND INDIANS
$10.00

2013 Prizm Auto Jason Kipnis - Clevland Indians
$9.00

2015 Panini Donruss Signature Series Blue #55 Jason Kipnis 99 Auto Card 0d4
$8.75

2013 Select Signatures #45 Jason Kipnis Auto - NM-MT
$7.20

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Autographed BCP196 Jason Kipnis Auto 7i2
$14.25

2013 Topps Triple Threads #TTAR-JK1 Jason Kipnis 1 READ Auto Baseball Card 7i2
$89.99
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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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ON CARD AUTOGRAPH LOT! 2011 ITG In The Game Auto Drew Pomeranz & JAKE SKOLE RC
$9.95

DREW POMERANZ BLUE REFRACTOR RC AUTO SP 199 - 2012 TOPPS CHROME
$34.95

DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO - 2010 BOWMAN STERLING PADRES
$24.95

DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO - 2009 UPPER DECK USA INSCRIPTIONS PADRES
$24.95

DREW POMERANZ RC JERSEY AUTO SP 799 = 2009 UPPER DECK USA PADRES
$24.95

DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO - ATHLETICS - 2012 BOWMAN CHROME
$14.95

DREW POMERANZ RC AUTO - 2010 BOWMAN CHROME - PADRES
$24.95

2012 Bowman Chrome #212 Drew Pomeranz Colorado Rockies Auto Baseball Card 1l5
$15.25
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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 LOT RC AUTO JERSEY 899 - ROCKIES - 2009 UPPER DECK USA
$9.99

TONY WOLTERS RC AUTO SP 221 - ROCKIES - 2011 ELITE
$5.29

2011 bowman chrome tony wolters auto ref#147 500 + base auto (nr mnt)
$40.00

2010 Bowman Chrome #USA-TW Tony Wolters 50 Team USA (National Team) Auto 0a7
$35.00

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

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