At the current time of writing, Umbreon has featured on 23 different cards since it made a debut in the Neo Discovery expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
An evolution of Eevee, it is a Dark-type Pokémon who was introduced in Generation II.
This means that Umbreon has been around for a while, and has been included in some of the more popular sets released over the past two decades.
The Best Umbreon Cards
Here are five of the best Umbreon cards ever produced, with a variety of vintage Pokémon sets to choose from.
5. 2002 Pokemon Japanese Town on No Map Umbreon #068 (eBay)
We begin with the ‘2002 Pokemon Japanese the Town on No Map’ collection.
(The English version of this expansion is named Aquapolis and was released on January 15, 2003, while the Japanese expansions were released on March 8, 2002 and May 24, 2002 respectively.)
Be on the lookout for 1st Edition copies, which is denoted via a stamp in the bottom right corner.
4. 2001 PM Japanese VS Karen’s Umbreon #091 (eBay)
The 2001 Karen’s Umbreon is a Japanese-only release. (It came out as part of the only main expansion of cards from the VS Era of the Pokémon Card Game in Japan.)
As a main expansion with no English equivalent, prices for PSA 10 copies are reasonably high.
It’s also the earliest Umbreon card to make the list, making for a high-ticket item that will be of interest to any serious Pokémon card collector.
3. 2003 Pokemon Aquapolis Umbreon #H29 (eBay)
The 2003 Aquapolis collection is the largest Pokemon set produced to date.
It features a combination of Japanese e-Card 2 and e-Card 3 sets, including a coveted Umbreon card that has been given a holo finish. (Hence the H next to the card number found on graded copies.)
In terms of design, it’s entirely similar to the card that takes up the fifth spot on this list, aside from being in English rather than Japanese.
2. 2015 PM Japanese XY Pokemon Gym Promo Umbreon #140 (eBay)
Pokémon XY-P Promotional cards are a collection of Japanese promotional items released over the course of the XY and XY BREAK Eras of the TCG.
Umbreon is the 140th release, as a prize card that was awarded to the winners of the Pokémon Card Gym Umbreon Night Battle held on June 1 and June 30 2015.
This makes for a hyper-rare option that is a clear step above the others mentioned so far. Then again, that’s also reflected in the price tag.
1. 2003 Pokemon Skyridge Umbreon #H30 (eBay)
The top spot is taken by the Skyridge version of Umbreon, and we’re sticking with the normal holo.
Released in 2003, four years after the 1999 Pokémon boom, Skyridge was the last Pokemon TCG set produced by Wizards of the Coast.
It consisted of two Japanese e-Card sets, e-Card 4 and e-Card 5. Their official names are Split Earth and Mysterious Mountains.
Once again, expect to pay a significant four-figure fee to prise a PSA 10 copy away from collectors.
Umbreon Cards: Buyers Guide
What’s the current state of the Umbreon market, and would it be a good Pokémon card to invest in long-term?
Anything released pre-2003 is likely to hold value in the long-term, even if it’s not going to match 1999 sets. If you’re looking at pristine options, any of the cards mentioned above will be interesting for hardcore collectors.
If we had to choose, we’d go for the Pokémon XY-P Promotional card given the extreme rarity.
Umbreon Cards: Buying/Selling Advice
Umbreon has proven to be one of the most popular Pokémon introduced in Generation II. Perhaps that’s because of its association with Eevee and the other evolutions.
However, it’s not a great choice in the games due to being a defensively focused Pokémon that is inferior to similar options.
The same can’t be said for Umbreon’s collection of Pokémon cards. They regularly attract lots of bids and high prices at auction.
It might not match up to the best original 1999 cards, but it’s still a viable option for fans and investors alike.