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Pokemon Card of the Year 2021: Umbreon VMAX Alt Art

After weeks of voting on social media, our 32 Pokemon card shortlist has been whittled down to one. The Ludkins Media Card of the Year 2021 as chosen by you is…drumroll, please… Umbreon VMAX Alternate Art from Pokemon TCG: Evolving Skies beating Gengar VMAX Alternate Art with 59% of the vote.

Pokemon card best 2021

Unsurprisingly, the most popular alternate art VMAX from 2021 with its incredible lunar artwork by Keiichiro Ito takes the crown. Umbreon VMAX Alternate art won votes against Galarian Moltres V Alt Art, Mew V Alt Art, Tyranitar V Alt Art, Pikachu Japan Post promo, and finally Gengar VMAX Alt Art. Based on 2021’s Pokemon TCG releases it’s fair to say that Umbreon VMAX Alt Art from Evolving Skies fully deserves its crown after reigning supreme against many of the front runners.

If you’re looking to pick up a copy, it would come as no surprise to find out that Umbreon VMAX Alt Art is also the most expensive English set card from 2021. The price has settled on eBay at around $190 with a market value on TCGPlayer of $180. Recent PSA 10 sales suggest the value is at around $550 – we’ll have more of an insight into where this settles as we move into 2022.

For those interested, here is the 32 card shortlist and the bracket of the best pokemon cards of 2021. Check below so you can see where your favourite card of the year fell short:

  • Charizard VMAX SV107/SV122 – Shining Fates
  • Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX Alternate Art 170/163- Battle Styles
  • Tyranitar V Full Art Alternate Art 155/163 – Battle Styles
  • Zeraora V Full Art Alternate Art 166/198 – Chilling Reign 
  • Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX Alternate Art 205/198 – Chilling Reign
  • Blaziken VMAX Alternate Art 201/198 – Chilling Reign
  • Galarian Moltres V Full Art Alternate Art 177/198 – Chilling Reign
  • Galarian Articuno V Full Art Alternate Art 170/198 – Chilling Reign
  • Umbreon V Full Art Alternate Art 189/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Dragonite V Full Art Alternate Art 192/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Rayquaza V Full Art Alternate Art 194/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Noivern V Full Art Alternate Art 196/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Sylveon VMAX Alternate Art 212/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Umbreon VMAX Alternate Art 215/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Rayquaza VMAX Alternate Art 218/203 – Evolving Skies
  • Pikachu 005/025 – Celebrations
  • Mew 025/025 – Celebrations
  • Celebi V Full Art Alternate Art 245/264 – Fusion Strike
  • Mew V Full Art Alternate Art 251/264 – Fusion Strike
  • Greedent V Full Art Alternate Art 257/264 – Fusion Strike
  • Espeon VMAX Alternate Art 270/264 – Fusion Strike
  • Gengar VMAX Alternate Art 271/264 – Fusion Strike
  • Marnie SWSH121 – Black Star Promo
  • Greninja SWSH144 – Black Star Promo
  • Light Toxtricity SWSH137 – Black Star Promo
  • Pikachu V-UNION SWSH139-SWSH142 – Black Star Promo
  • Special Delivery Bidoof SWSH177 – Black Star Promo
  • Pikachu 227/S-P – Japan Post stamp box
  • Cramorant 226/S-P – Japan Post Stamp Box 
  • Pikachu 208/S-P – Yu Nagaba
  • Vaporeon VMAX 187/S-P
  • Jolteon VMAX 188/S-P
Pokemon card best 2021
Umbreon VMAX Alt Art route to the final
Gengar VMAX Alt Art route to the final

Thank you to everyone that took part, this was a fun event that had people excited for every round. It’s a fantastic way to end the year by celebrating the best cards of 2021 and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ludkins Media and Pokemon TCG in 2022!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Ludkins Media 🙂

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