Chill Clinton is a trading card enthusiast and investor who operates an online trading card store.
In the Pokémon universe, Eevee is an anomaly. While most Pokémon have a predictable evolutionary line, Eevee can evolve into one of a multitude of vastly different creatures!
Not only was Eevee the first Pokémon to feature multiple evolutionary forms, but it still reigns supreme as the character with the most potential forms at eight different possibilities! Fans of the fox-like Eevee even have a name for these unique Pokémon: "Eeveelutions."
Check out this list of the rarest Pokémon trading card for each Eevee evolutionary form!
1. Vaporeon (H31)—Skyridge, 2003
Shortly before The Pokémon Company took control over production and distribution of Pokémon cards from Wizards of the Coast, the Seattle-based company behind Magic: The Gathering and other popular games released their final set: Skyridge.
Between the partially deflated interest in Pokémon cards, struggling job market and economy of the early to mid 2000s, and loss of rights to produce the card game, Wizards of the Coast completed only one relatively small printing of the Skyridge set. This is just a fraction of the four large-volume printings Wizards of the Coast ran for Pokémon Base Set, making many of Skyridge's cards extremely valuable and difficult to come by when compared to other vintage singles.
In fact, by the end of 2021, only 357 PSA authenticated copies of this card existed. Compare that to the nearly 34,000 PSA authenticated copies of Base Set Unlimited Charizard that existed by the same time, and you can imagine just how rare this beautiful card is.
2. Flareon Gold Star (100)—EX Power Keepers, 2007
Flareon Gold Star is one of 27 Pokémon to receive a "Gold Star" printing during that distinction's run in sets printed from 2004 to 2007. Additionally, it is one of only three "Eeveelutions" to receive such a distinction among Gold Star cards that could be opened from commercially available packs of Pokémon cards. It is joined only by Jolteon and Vaporeon, which were also printed in EX Power Keepers.
Much of its prestige can be attributed to the rarity of Gold Star Pokémon cards, which you have a roughly 1/72 chance of opening from a pack that may contain them. However, with EX Power Keepers booster packs fetching many hundreds of dollars in the modern Pokémon market, it's probably not in your best interest to go looking for this card!
3. Jolteon EX (109)—EX Delta Species, 2005
Jolteon is a fan favorite Pokémon, and one of the original three "Eeveelutions". One of the rarest Jolteon cards ever to be printed is Jolteon EX from EX Delta Species, an early set in The Pokémon Company's history of manufacturing cards for the American market.
EX Delta Species is a relatively small set that features EX copies of Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon, and it is safe to say that these "Eeveelutions" are some of the most enviable cards in this set.
As of June 2022 only 270 PSA authenticated copies of this card exist, and with 2021 to 2022 prices on Ex Delta Species booster packs ranging from $300-$400, it is unlikely we will see this population increase by a significant volume over the years.
4. Espeon (1)—Neo Discovery, 2001
This first appearance of Espeon, a Second Generation "Eeveelution," is sure to peak the interest of many collectors. This printing emerged from a relatively small set, consisting of only 75 cards, that is regarded by some as the least popular among the four Neo sets marking the introduction of Second Generation Pokémon.
However, being one of only 17 holos in the set, as well as the first entry in the set, it is certainly one of the more chased cards in Neo Discovery with booster packs that retailed for up to $300 in 2022. In that same year, the PSA authenticated population of this Espeon printing sat at just over one thousand, making it among the most rare "Eeveelutions" in existence.
5. Glaceon VMAX Alternate Art (209)—Sword and Shield: Evolving Skies, 2021
Jumping ahead in the history of Pokémon trading cards, we have a Glaceon card printed in the 2021 set, Sword and Shield: Evolving Skies. This fantastic Alternative Art card features not only the ice-type Pokémon, released with the Fourth Generation, in its Dynamax form, but also includes Pikachu, Feebas, Marill, Azumarill, Pancham, and Eevee, making this a widely pursued card.
Though Evolving Skies remains in print, only about .05% of all Evolving Skies booster packs contain this particular card. This is an almost unprecedentedly low distribution when compared to the other cards listed in this article. This means that the population of Glaceon VMAX Alternate Art cards should remain extremely low against demand for years to come.
6. Leafeon Lvl X (99)—Majestic Dawn, 2008
Was anybody else surprised to see that it took until Generation Four before we received a grass-type "Eeveelution"? Well, although it might have taken a little long to get Leafeon, The Pokémon Company did not disappoint with its premier card in the 2008 set, Diamond and Pearl: Majestic Dawn.
One of two Leafeon cards to appear in the set, Leafeon Lvl X is certainly the rarest and most sought-after card for this Pokémon. And while its $100-$200 price tag may seem steep, you would need to open up four booster boxes of Majestic Dawn on average to receive just one of these Leafeon Lvl Xs. But good luck tracking down one of those. Booster packs of this set alone will set you back over $100!
7. Sylveon GX (SV76)—Hidden Fates Shiny Vault, 2019
This fairy-type Pokémon released among the Seventh Generation has far fewer printings than its fellow "Eeveelutions", but that doesn't mean that there aren't a few choice printings that collectors struggle to get their hands on.
One of these is Sylveon GX from the Shiny Vault collection, available in packs of the 2019 set, Hidden Fates. This card was one of 94 cards that appeared in the Shiny Vault, and one of 30 GX cards appearing in the special collection. Though that might seem like a significant number, the likelihood of pulling a Sylveon GX from a Hidden Fates booster pack is 1 in roughly 300, making it exceptionally rare. You might try it yourself, but with one Hidden Fates booster pack selling for around $15-$20, you may be better off buying the card yourself!
8. Umbreon Gold Star (17)—POP Series 5, 2007
We've saved the best for last with this Umbreon Gold Star card, available only through POP Series 5 packs released from March to September 2009. Not only were these packs produced and distributed for a very short period of time, but collectors could not find these cards in stores.
Instead, these packs were only available as prizes to those who participated in official Pokémon Play events, often organized through local game and hobby shops. As a result, an extremely low population of Umbreon Gold Star cards exist, with fewer than 400 cards having been authenticated and graded by PSA.
Among the 17 cards available in the POP Series 5 set, Umbreon Gold Star is undoubtedly the most prized. In fact, it is such a fan favorite, The Pokémon Company reprinted the card in the 25th Anniversary Celebrations Set!
But this reprinting hasn't impacted the prestige of the original. Plus, with POP Series 5 packs costing between $500-$600, we are not likely to ever see a significant increase in the population of this near legendary Pokémon card!
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