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 Gold Refractor Lonnie Chisenhall auto RC Mint 9 # 50
$14.99

2008 BOWMAN CHROME #112 LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC (INDIANS) PSA 10 GEM MINT
$79.99

2008 Bowman Chrome Lonnie Chisenhall Orange Refractor RC AUTO #21 25
$155.00

2008 Bowman Sterling Lonnie Chisenhall RC Auto Refractor 173 199!!!!!!
$7.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL CLEVELAND INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH LOT OF THREE CARDS
$29.95

Bgs 10 2008 Bowman Sterling Lonnie Chisenhall 10 Auto Pristine Hot Card
$99.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL RARE 2008 AUTOGRAPH Mahoning Valley AUTO Serial #d 1 25
$48.60

2012 Triple Threads Lonnie Chisenhall 16 50 Auto Jersey Patch Cleveland Indians
$16.99



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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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Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto Card Cleveland Indians BGS 8.5
$9.99

2013 Bowman Platinum Jason Kipnis Die Cut Auto #4 25. Indians
$40.00

2014 Donruss Signatures #4 Jason Kipnis INDIANS AUTO *4647
$9.95

2013 JASON KIPNIS TOPPS MUSEUM SIGNATURE SWATCH 2 COLOR JERSEY PATCH AUTO 299
$8.00

2014 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION JASON KIPNIS INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH #75 399
$14.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME JASON KIPNIS ROOKIE AUTO
$8.50

2014 Topps Museum Jason Kipnis Indians On Card Auto #ed 106 399
$12.99

Indians Rookie Auto Patch Lot - Jason Kipnis Dennis Eckersley Pestano Bob Feller
$49.99



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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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2009 UD USA DREW POMERANZ Rc Jersey Auto 399
$6.99

2009 UD USA DREW POMERANZ Rc Future Watch Jersey Auto 799
$6.99

DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME RC ROOKIE AUTO SP
$19.99

2010 BOWMAN STERLING DREW POMERANZ GOLD REFRACTOR 50 BGS 10 10 AUTO PRISTINE
$179.99

DREW POMERANZ 2009 UPPER DECK USA FUTURE WATCH AUTO JERSEY UFWA-13 778 799
$9.99

(2) Drew Pomeranz 2012 Bowman Chrome Auto RC Lot (BuyMVP)
$14.99

2009 UD Signature Stars USA STAR PROSPECTS Drew Pomeranz SP RC AUTO - ROCKIES
$29.99

Drew Pomeranz 2010 Bowman Sterling auto autograph RC
$5.00



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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 TONY WOLTERS AUTO GOLD REF 26 50
$54.99

TONY WOLTERS UD 2009 USA By The Letter AUTO RC 100 Indians (Lot of 3 USA)
$29.99

TONY WOLTERS 2009 UD USA 18U Triple 3-color Jersy RED AUTO Serial #17 25 INDIANS
$9.99

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

2010 Topps USA Tony Wolters Green Auto #05 25 Autograph Mint Indians
$19.99

Tony Wolters 2009 Upper Deck USA Triple Jersey Auto Red Ink 18U National 13 25
$12.00

2010 Bowman Sterling USA Dual Autograph Auto Tony Wolters Nicky Delmonico RC
$6.49



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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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