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 Draft XFRACTOR AUTO RC 225
$18.74

2008 08 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT BLUE REF LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTO RC ROOKIE #d 071 150
$29.99

Lonnie Chisenhall 2009 TriStar Obak #A5 Autograph Rookie Auto Press Plate 1 1
$99.99

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

2010 Topps Pro Debut Rookie LONNIE CHISENHALL Auto Cleveland Indians Autograph
$8.75

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

2008 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT BDPP112 LONNIE CHISENHALL RC AUTO REFRACTOR 500
$9.99

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



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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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2009 DONRUSS ELITE THROWBACK THREADS 2 CLR PATCH ROOKIE JASON KIPNIS AUTO RC 25
$93.49

2014 National Treasures Authentic Game-Used Jersey Button Auto Jason Kipnis 6 6
$59.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Jason Kipnis Auto Jersey Button #ed 1 6
$20.51

2013 Jason Kipnis Topps Chasing History Auto Indians Star! A711
$12.00

2014 Jason Kipnis Donruss Signatures Auto Indians Star!! A795
$12.00

2009 ELITE EXTRA EDITION JASON KIPNIS ASPIRATIONS DIE CUT ROOKIE AUTO 32 100
$39.99

2014 National Treasures Baseball Die Cut Auto #43 Jason Kipnis 44 99 Indians
$18.75

2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis AUTO AUTOGRAPH RC #BCP196 INDIANS
$16.99



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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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DREW POMERANZ 2012 TOPPS CHROME AUTOGRAPH BLACK REFRACTOR # 100 ROCKIES RC AUTO
$19.95

2010 Bowman Chrome Drew Pomeranz Orange Ref Refractor Auto Autograph 25 BGS 9
$149.99

2009 Upper Deck Team USA Blue Ink Drew Pomeranz Rookie Auto #73 OAKLAND A's
$9.99

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

DREW POMERANZ Rockies SIGNED 2011 Bowman TOPPS 100 Autograph SP RC ON CARD AUTO
$9.59

2010 ud USA national DREW POMERANZ auto INSCRIPTIONS
$45.00

DREW POMERANZ 2012 Panini Prime Cuts RC Autograph 107 149 Rookie Auto # 64
$5.99

2011 ITG Country of Origin Silver Drew Pomeranz Auto RC Oakland A's
$13.00



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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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2011 Bowman Chrome SUPERFRACTOR TEST AUTO PROOF No 1 1 Tony Wolters Indians
$25.00

TONY WOLTERS 2010 BOWMAN CHROME ORANGE REFRACTOR ROOKIE 25 NON RC AUTO
$14.99

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 USA TONY WOLTERS GLOSSY AUTO #A-20
$9.99

2010 Bowman Sterling Black Refractor Dual Auto Tony Wolters Nicky Delmonico 25
$15.00

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Yearbook Auto Tony Wolters #13 Ser# 181 221
$5.00

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



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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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