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 RC ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH BGS 9 10
$24.99

2008 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT BDPP112 LONNIE CHISENHALL RC AUTO REFRACTOR 500
$11.99

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

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

LONNIE CHISENHALL CLEVELAND INDIANS AUTO AUTOGRAPH LOT OF THREE CARDS
$29.95

2010 Bowman Platinum LONNIE CHISENHALL Indians Prospect (on-card) Refractor Auto
$15.00

2008 Lonnie Chisenhall 2 5 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Auto Rookie RC!
$155.00

Bgs 10 2008 Bowman Sterling Lonnie Chisenhall 10 Auto Pristine Hot Card
$79.99



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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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2010 JASON KIPNIS BOWMAN CHROME GOLD REFRACTOR AUTO 40 50 INDIANS
$450.00

Jason Kipnis 2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Auto 50
$300.00

Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians Auto Swatch #1 5 2014 National Treasures Nice!!!
$69.99

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

2010 Bowman Chrome Jason Kipnis Auto
$15.00

#1 1 JASON KIPNIS 2014 Topps Supreme Styling Die-Cut Auto Autograph #SS-JK
$99.99

JASON KIPNIS IKE DAVIS 2009 Elite College Ties Autograph 50 BGS 9.5 AUTO 10
$45.00

2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Jason Kipnis Future Phenom Auto Relic 73 75
$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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Bowman Chrome Drew Pomeranz rc auto orange refractor #11 25
$26.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME RED REFRACTORS DREW POMERANZ auto autograph # 5
$499.95

2009 UD USA DREW POMERANZ Rc Jersey Auto 399
$6.99

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

DREW POMERANZ 2010 BOWMAN CHROME RC ROOKIE AUTO SP
$19.99

2010 BOWMAN STERLING DREW POMERANZ GOLD REFRACTOR 50 BGS 10 10 AUTO PRISTINE
$179.99

2012 Topps Triple Threads Drew Pomeranz Triple Relic Rookie Auto!!34 75
$25.00

2012 Bowman Chrome Drew Pomeranz Rookie Auto!!
$15.00



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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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TONY WOLTERS 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Auto 99 BGS 9 10 (4215)
$10.00

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

2010 Bowman Chrome USA-TW TONY WOLTERS auto BLUE refractor 99 Team USA Indians
$19.99

2010 Topps USA Tony Wolters Green Auto #05 25 Autograph Mint Indians
$19.99

Tony Wolters 2009 Upper Deck USA Triple Jersey Auto Red Ink 18U National 13 25
$12.00

2010 Bowman Sterling USA Dual Autograph Auto Tony Wolters Nicky Delmonico RC
$6.49

TONY WOLTERS 2010 Topps USA 18U National Team GREEN AUTO Serial # 11 25 RC
$9.99

TONY WOLTERS RC GU AUTO 2010 BOWMAN STERLING USA BLACK REFRACTOR 7 25 USAR-20
$100.00



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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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