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 Auto Green Refractor #LC Lonnie Chisenhall 112 199
$13.99

2008 Bowman Chrome Lonnie Chisenhall Orange Refractor Autograph s n'd 16 25 Auto
$50.00

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

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2009 Bowman BLUE INK RC AUTO! CHECK MY ITEMS!
$12.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 Bowman Sterling BLUE INK RC AUTO! INDIANS! BV $$$
$12.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2008 RAZOR ON CARD AUTO RC #D 23 699
$11.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2009 BOWMAN PROSPECT PROSPECT AUTO RC
$14.99

LONNIE CHISENHALL 2010 TOPPS PRO DEBUT PROSPECT BLUE AUTO RC #D 13 199
$16.99



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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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2014 Jason Kipnis Museum Collection Auto 12 15
$50.00

2012 Topps Triple Threads JASON KIPNIS Auto Relic 84 99 Indians TTUAR-101
$9.99

JASON KIPNIS 2014 DONRUSS SIGNATURES AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP
$19.99

JASON KIPNIS 2012 PRIZM AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP
$14.99

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Jason Kipnis Status Auto 22 50
$49.99

JASON KIPNIS Auto 2010 Bowman Chrome Autograph *CLEVELAND INDIANSS *
$13.99

2014 National Treasures Treasure Signature Materials Auto Patch Jason Kipnis 25
$39.99

2013 Topps Triple Threads Jason Kipnis Auto Jersey #'d 99
$9.99



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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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2009 UD Signature Stars USA STAR PROSPECTS Drew Pomeranz SP RC AUTO - ROCKIES
$19.99

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Close Up AUTO Silver #DP2 Drew Pomeranz
$9.75

2010 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT DREW POMERANZ BGS 9.5 10 AUTO RC
$34.99

2012 Panini Signature Series Drew Pomeranz RC FULL BODY Auto #95 299 SP PROSPECT
$14.95

Oakland Athletics Drew Pomeranz Signed 2009 Upper Deck USA Auto Jersey #112 399
$11.99

BGS 9.5 2012 Finest GOLD REFRACTOR JERSEY 10 AUTO Drew Pomeranz RC #d 45 50
$74.99

(6) Drew Pomeranz rc lot USA Jersey Auto + Chrome refractor + more
$9.99

2009 UD USA Baseball by the Letters Drew Pomeranz Card BGS 8.5 Auto 9.
$35.99



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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 ITG Heroes & Prosp Country of Origin Auto Silver #TW Tony Wolters Sp
$7.95

2011 ITG Heroes & Prosp. Country of Origin Auto Gold #TW Tony Wolters sp 10
$14.95

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Full Body AUTO Silver #TW Tony Wolters
$5.20

2009 UPPER DECK SIGNATURE STARS TONY WOLTERS AUTO JERSEY 399
$12.99

2011 Topps Pro Debut Tony Wolters Cut Auto 95
$25.00

2011 TONY WOLTERS In The Game ITG Heroes and Prospects auto A-TW
$6.99

2010 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Dual AUTO #BSDA1 Tony Wolters Nicky Delm
$8.00

2009 UD Team USA Tony Wolters By The Letter LETTERMEN AUTO 59 100 SP RC "A"
$12.99



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