Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

Cleveland Indians Baseball Card Prospecting Guide

Chisenhall auto ImageThe 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 ORANGE REFRACTOR AUTO #21 25
$185.35
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Lonnie Chisenhall 2008 Bowman Chrome Rookie Auto BDPP112
$10.00
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LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 Bowman Chrome Platinum RC Refractor AUTO 500 LOT INDIANS
$34.99
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LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 BOWMAN CHROME RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 Mint
$39.99
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2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Lonnie Chisenhall Refractor Auto BGS 9.5 10 Mint
$28.99
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LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC 2008 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT
$9.99
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LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC REFRACTOR 2008 BOWMAN STERLING #'d 026 199
$9.99
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LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC REFRACTOR 2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM LOT OF (5) FIVE
$13.77



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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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2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis Prospects Rookie Auto #BCP196
$19.99
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JASON KIPNIS 2010 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO RC SP 10 CARD LOT GET ALL 10 CARDS INDIANS
$300.00
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2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis Orange Ref Rc auto #13 25 BGS 9 10
$400.00
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52 100 2009 Panini Throwback Threads Jason Kipnis GU Patch Auto Indians RC 100
$34.99
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECTS JASON KIPNIS ROOKIE AUTO BCP196
$14.99
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2009 DONRUSS ELITE EXTRA EDITION JASON KIPNIS RC AUTO 009 319!!
$13.50
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2014 TOPPS TIER ONE NEW GUARD BLUE AUTO JASON KIPNIS, 19 50, NGA-JK1
$9.99
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2014 Topps #235 Jason Kipnis Auto Autograph COA Cleveland Indians
$6.90



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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 Signature Stars USA National Team Future Watch Jersey Auto Drew Pomeranz
$19.99
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN STERLING AUTO ROOKIE RC
$12.99
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #212 RC auto Rockies
$9.95
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs 299 auto Rockies
$12.95
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Topps Finest Rookie Relic Autograph 199 Auto RC Rockies
$9.95
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DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN STERLING PROSPECTS AUTO AUTOGRAPH 2 CARD LOT INDIANS
$24.95
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME #BDPP82 DREW POMERANZ AUTOGRAPH AUTO ROOKIE RC - INDIANS
$17.05
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME DREW POMERANZ AUTO GOLD REFRACTOR #'d 50 OAKLAND ATHLETICS
$79.99



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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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09 UD SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS LETTER RC AUTO 100
$19.99
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09 UD SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS JERSEY AUTO # 399
$12.99
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2011 BOWMAN CHROME TONY WOLTERS AUTO CARD
$6.99
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2009 UD Signature Stars USA National Team Future Watch Auto Tony Wolters # 50
$74.99
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Tony Wolters 2010 Bowman Sterling BLACK Refractor GU Jersey RC Auto #'d 3 25 USA
$37.49
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2010 Bowman Chrome Blue Ref USA Baseball Rookie Auto Autograph Tony Wolters 99
$12.97
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME - USA TEAM - DUAL AUTO - NICKY DELMONICO TONY WOLTERS 500
$12.00
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2010 Topps Box Set TONY WOLTERS USA 18U National Team BLUE ROOKIE AUTO! #A-20
$7.99



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