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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2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect REF AUTO #LC Lonnie Chisenhall B78985
$19.97

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft XFRACTOR AUTO RC 225
$24.99

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

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

2008 Bowman Chrome 50 LONNIE CHISENHALL Gold Refractor RC Auto - Indians
$47.00

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

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

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



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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 RC 2014 Topps Supreme Auto Card INDIANS SP 07 25 AUTOGRAPH
$9.00

Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto 50
$180.00

2014 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION JASON KIPNIS INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH #75 399
$11.99

2014 Donruss Signatures JK Jason Kipnis Auto Indians
$9.99

2014 Supreme Jason Kipnis #35 35 SEPIA Die Cut Auto SS-JK Cleveland Indians 1 1
$28.49

2014 Museum Collection Jason Kipnis #1 10 SILVER Framed Auto - 1 1 Indians Frame
$89.99

2014 Supreme Jason Kipnis #28 50 Die Cut Auto SS-JK Cleveland Indians Styling
$19.99

2013 Supreme Asia Jason Kipnis 3 15 ORANGE Auto Cleveland Indians Stylings Topps
$28.21



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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 RC Auto 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autograph #212
$11.50

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

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

DREW POMERANZ Rockies SIGNED 2011 Bowman TOPPS 100 Autograph SP RC ON CARD AUTO
$8.99

2010 ud USA national DREW POMERANZ auto INSCRIPTIONS
$45.00

*DREW POMERANZ* 2010 Bowman Draft Hand-Signed Auto RC OAKLAND A'S
$6.95

2009 UD USA DREW POMERANZ Rc Jersey Auto 399
$6.99

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



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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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2011 DONRUSS EEE TONY WOLTERS BACK TO THE FUTURE AUTO RC #9 266 499
$7.99

Tony Wolters Auto
$21.00

2010 TOPPS USA TONY WOLTERS BLUE INK AUTO RC A20
$8.99

2010 Topps USA TONY WOLTERS 18U Team Auto Jersey 3 219
$9.99

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

TONY WOLTERS 2011 BOWMAN CHROME RC AUTO LOT x 5PCS CLEVELAND INDIANS
$29.99



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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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