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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2010 bowman platinum Lonnie Chisenhall auto
$10.00
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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Lonnie Chisenhall autograph auto
$8.00
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2010 Topps Pro Debut Rookie LONNIE CHISENHALL Auto Cleveland Indians Autograph
$11.75
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2010 Bowman Platinum LONNIE CHISENHALL Exchange Refractor Rookie Auto Indians
$13.99
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2009 bowman Lonnie Chisenhall &2007 bowman first Keith Weiser Auto Cards lot 2
$9.99
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2010 Topps Pro Debut LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTOGRAPH BLUE #49 199 Pre-Rookie SP Auto
$9.99
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2008 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT LONNIE CHISENHALL BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5
$44.99
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2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue refractor auto Lonnie Chisenhall 150
$10.99



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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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2013 Panini Donruss SIGNATURES Jason Kipnis AUTO - CLEVELAND INDIANS
$6.99
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*1815 2012 PRIZM JASON KIPNIS CARD #JK AUTO AUTOGRAPH INDIANS
$6.99
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*1828 2012 PRIZM JASON KIPNIS AUTO AUTOGRAPH #JK INDIANS
$6.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis Orange Ref Rc auto #13 25 BGS 9 10. Indians
$300.00
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JASON KIPNIS 2013 TRIPLE THREADS RELIC PATCH JERSEY AUTO WHITE WHALE #1 1 RARE
$129.95
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2012 Topps Tribute Threads Game Jersey Autograph Auto Jason Kipnis 99 Indians
$14.99
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2014 Topps #235 Jason Kipnis Auto Autograph COA Cleveland Indians
$6.90
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2009 Donruss Elite JASON KIPNIS AUTOGRAPH AUTO INDIANS 319 B1874
$11.99



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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 HEROES & PROSPECTS BETWEEN THE SEAMS AUTO DREW POMERANZ
$22.99
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Drew Pomeranz 2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph Red Ref 25 auto RC Rockies
$49.95
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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz Blue Refractor Auto RC 026 150 A's
$59.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz Auto Refractor RC 329 500 A's
$29.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz Auto Refractor RC 094 500 A's
$29.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz Auto Refractor RC 414 500 A's
$29.99
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2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Drew Pomeranz Auto Refractor RC 428 500 A's
$29.99
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2010 Donruss Elite DREW POMERANZ AUTOGRAPH #'d 527 On-Card Rookie Auto Athletics
$14.99



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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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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
$22.49
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2009 UD Sig. Star USA Nat'l Team Future Watch Auto #42 Tony Wolters Jersey 793
$19.99
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TONY WOLTERS 2011 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT RC AUTO CARD QTY AVAILABLE INDIANS
$9.95
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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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2010 Topps 18U National Team Autograph Auto Tony Wolters RC
$6.49



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