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 LONNIE CHISENHALL Bowman Platinum Rookie Autograph #BPA-LC rc auto Indians!
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2011 LONNIE CHISENHALL Bowman Sterling Rookie Autograph #BSP-LC rc auto Indians!
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2011 LONNIE CHISENHALL Bowman Sterling Rookie Autograph BGS 8.5 rc auto Indians!
$19.99
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2011 LONNIE CHISENHALL Topps Pro Debut Rookie Autograph #PDA-LC rc auto Indians!
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2011 LONNIE CHISENHALL Bowman Chrome Rookie Autograph Refractor #d 499 rc auto!
$29.99
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2008 Bowman Chrome Lonnie Chisenhall ORANGE REFRACTOR AUTO #21 25
$185.35
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2008 Bowman Chrome LONNIE CHISENHALL AUTOGRAPH AUTO INDIANS B973
$10.74
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2010 TOPPS PRO DEBUT PROSPECT AUTOGRAPHS LONNIE CHISENHALL ROOKIE AUTO #LC
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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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2012 Topps Triple Threads Jason Kipnis Unity Jersey Auto 50 Cleveland Indians
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2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Jason Kipnis ( INDIANS ) AUTOGRAPH AUTO MINI Card!
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2013 Topps Supreme Asia Edition JASON KIPNIS Supreme Stylings Auto Sepia 35
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JASON KIPNIS 2014 MUSEUM COLLECTION ON CARD AUTO #'d 30 399 CLEVELAND INDIANS
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2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor IP Auto Test Proof No 1 1 Jason Kipnis - Indians
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#12 15 Auto Jason Kipnis 2013 Supreme Asia
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Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto 50
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECTS JASON KIPNIS ROOKIE AUTO BCP196
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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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2010 BOWMAN STERLING DREW POMERANZ AUTO INDIANS
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2010 Bowman Chrome Drew Pomeranz Orange Ref Refractor Auto Autograph 25 BGS 9
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DREW POMERANZ 2009 SIGNATURE STARS USA BY THE LETTER A PATCH AUTO RC #D 091 100
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DREW POMERANZ 2012 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION AUTO 299
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DREW POMERANZ 2012 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION AUTO 268 299
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2012 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION ARCHIVAL DREW POMERANZ AUTO 32 299
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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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TONY WOLTERS NICKY DELMONICO 2010 BOWMAN STERLING USA REFRACTOR AUTO #72 99
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Tony Wolters 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect RC Auto #BCP98 - CLEVELAND INDIANS
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TONY WOLTERS AUTOGRAPH AUTO LOT OF 2 INDIANS UPPER DECK USA LETTER L5303
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2009 UD SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS #USA-TW RC ROOKIE AUTO # 399
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2010 BOWMAN CHROME USA TONY WOLTERS DELMONICO AUTO 500
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2010 Bowman Sterling Tony Wolters Nicky Delmonico Dual Autograph Auto USA
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TONY WOLTERS AUTO 2011 TOPPS PRO DEBUT AFLAC CUTS SERIAL #ED 5 95 CARD # DC-TW
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CR3) 2010 Topps USA Baseball TONY WOLTERS 3x Jersey Auto 129 219 Rookie RC
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