The 10 Most Expensive VMax Pokemon Cards
What Are VMax Pokemon Cards?
VMax Pokemon cards are a derivation of V cards both of which were introduced in the Pokemon TCG in 2019 with the introduction of the new era of Pokemon cards: Sword & Shield. Similar to GX and EX cards of previous generations these cards are considered basic and can be played without any prior evolution to it. They are supposed to mimic the Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics in the actual video game which allows the Pokemon to grow 100x bigger than their usual size and gives them massively improved stats and attacks. In the video game, this feat is achieved through what are known as power spots but the TCG does not feature these, instead, all the player must do is draw the V and VMax versions of a Pokemon to supersize it.
As you might be able to see on VMax cards is that they feature a gigantic version of the Pokemon they are depicting. This is why the VMax is supposed to represent the equivalent of the Gigantamax mechanic in the card game.
Are VMax Cards Rare?
VMax cards are pretty rare in comparison to their V counterparts and can only be found once or twice per booster box (36 packs) on average. When compared to things like secret rares and alternate arts which can be incredibly expensive and you may not even get one of them in a whole booster box sometimes, you can understand how VMax cards would be seen as relatively rare.
However, in the grand scheme of Pokemon, VMax cards aren’t that rare. Because of how essential they are to competitive play, it would be unfair to make them almost impossibly rare as it would completely stunt the meta of the game for people who don’t have the money to spend on hundreds of packs or buy super-expensive cards, which takes us quite nicely into our next point.
Are VMax Cards Always Worth Money?
Although this is a list of the 10 most expensive VMax cards, typically, VMax cards aren’t worth that much money and it’s only been in more recent sets that VMax cards have been gaining a little more traction thanks to things like alternate arts and Trainer Galleries.
As you may already know, a lot of a card’s value is determined by the Pokemon on the card, often if it is a Pokemon that nobody really cares about, then there is no reason for people to care about the card regardless of how amazing the card’s art is. Yes, there are exceptions to this rule and sometimes the population of a card will affect the card’s value greatly but a general rule of thumb is that card’s value is often determined by the Pokemon on the card. Mascots of the game like Pikachu, Charizard, Gyarados, etc. will often sell for more than a Rillaboom for example.
However, even in general a standard VMax card just isn’t worth that much. Not to spoil the list or anything but a normal Pikachu VMax from Vivid Voltage is only worth around $10 despite being a VMax Pikachu.
So, in no particular order, let’s get into the VMax Pokemon Cards that actually are worth some money!
#10 Charizard VMax
First up we have just a standard Charizard VMax. Although we said earlier that standard VMax cards aren’t usually that expensive because of how necessary they are in competitive play, collectors seemed to have made an exception in the case of Charizard. We also mentioned before that the Pokemon on the card can also greatly affect the price of the card and this is a prime example of that happening. This card comes from the 2020 set Darkness Ablaze and is the most expensive card in the set to this day. Ungraded, the card typically sells for around $30 but in a PSA 10, the card has sold for more than $115.
Darkness Ablaze Charizard VMax
#9 Sylveon VMax Alternate Art
Now we immediately see a stark increase in price. This Sylveon was introduced in the 2021 set Evolving Skies which seems to have brought many of the other entries on this list with it. It probably has the greatest wealth of alternate arts out of any set in Pokemon (apart from Crown Zenith) and this Sylveon is just scratching the surface of the expensive VMaxes as it’s probably one of the less beloved Eeveelutions out there. Despite fairy types being discontinued and shifted back to psychic types, this Sylveon has still managed to prosper as it is worth around $137 ungraded, and in a PSA 10, it is worth upwards of $450.
Evolving Skies Sylveon VMax Alternate Art
#8 Glaceon VMax Alternate Art
Yeah, people really do love themselves a good Eeveelution and this Glaceon is no exception to that, especially when the Eeveelutions are VMax alternate arts. As mentioned before Evolving Skies brought the heat when it came to both alternate arts and Eeveelutions and here’s just another example of it. However, this card doesn’t just feature a massive Glaceon which would honestly be enough for its price tag, it also features loads of other Pokemon skating around on the ice the Glaceon has created including an Azumarill, a Pikachu and a poor Feebas at the back. If you manage to pick this card up ungraded it is usually worth around $157 and in a PSA 10 can be worth more than $300.
Evolving Skies Glaceon VMax Alternate Art
#7 Espeon VMax Alternate Art
Although Evolving Skies is kind of the home to all of the alternate art Eeveelutions, this one managed to weasel its way into Fusion Strike in November of the same year of Evolving Skies (2021). This little guy, or rather this really big guy, sleeping on top of a building with all of the Wingulls floating around its head is just too adorable to not at least be worth something and it sure is worth something. Ungraded the card is already worth $167 and in a PSA 10 the card is worth upwards of $500.
Fusion Strike Espeon VMax Alternate Art
#6 Rainbow Rare Pikachu VMax
Possibly one of the most beloved Rainbow Rares you can find in the Pokemon TCG, the Rainbow Rare Pikachu burst onto the scene in 2020 in the electrifying set Vivid Voltage. It’s so simple yet so brilliant as it sports the irresistible fat Pikachu sometimes known as the Chonkachu. Unlike its normal VMax counterpart, the rainbow finish on this card made its price skyrocket further than anyone expected. Ungraded it would be difficult to find this card for less than $100 as it usually sells for around $136. Then, in a PSA 10, it’s worth a whopping $300.
Vivid Voltage Rainbow Rare Pikachu VMax
#5 Gengar VMax Alternate Art
Yet another entry coming from the slightly underrated set Fusion Strike brings likely one of the most creative arts for a VMax Pokemon. It features everyone’s favorite first-generation, dark-type Pokemon consuming what looks to be a small forest. It does it all with a malicious grin on his face as trees, apple cores, berries, and bee hives hurtle toward his gaping mouth. It is one of the most expensive cards in Fusion Strike just about tied with the Espeon VMax alternate art as it comes in at around $168 ungraded. However, in a PSA 10, this bad boy is worth upwards of $500.
Fusion Strike Gengar VMax Alternate Art
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#4 Leafeon VMax Alternate Art
Are you sick of Eeveelutions yet? Because the Pokemon Company sure isn’t. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you this is yet another Eeveelution entry from the set Evolving Skies and this one is no less cute than the other three before it. This card features a massive Leafeon just in a field of hay curiously pushing around some hay bales. I would like to believe that the card is suggesting that this is how all hay bales are made in the Pokemon world, but he could just be pushing a hay bale that already existed. Regardless, ungraded, this card is worth around $170 and in a PSA 10, you won’t be able to get it for anything less than $400.
Evolving Skies Leafeon VMax Alternate Art
#3 Rainbow Rare Charizard VMax
Now we enter the top 3 rarest VMax cards of all time territory and starting it off is none other than the Rainbow Rare Charizard VMax. Arguably one of the hardest Charizards to pull in the Sword and Shield era, coming from the holiday set Champion’s Path which also happened to feature the Shiny Charizard V. This is the only Rainbow Rare more beloved than the Pikachu VMax and it’s with pretty good reason, it’s a giant Charizard with fire spewing out of either side of its mouth. Sure, it’s just the same VMax art that they have reprinted with a different finish about three times now but everyone loves a good Rainbow Rare especially if it’s a Charizard. Ungraded alone, these cards sell for more than $180 and in a PSA 10 you can find these selling for more than $800.
Champion’s Path Rainbow Rare Charizard VMax
#2 Rayquaza VMax Alternate Art
The runner-up of this list comes the only card from Evolving Skies that isn’t an Eeveelution and it’s a fan-favorite legendary Pokemon, Rayquaza. This set features both a Rayquaza V alternate art and a VMax alternate art but as you probably could’ve guessed this Rayquaza is the second most expensive card in the set. It features the iconic snakey, green dragon floating over the high mountains of forests and greenery somehow bigger than it already was. Ungraded, these things sell for more than $280 and in a PSA 10 they are as expensive as $900.
Evolving Skies Rayquaza VMax Alternate Art
#1 Umbreon VMax Alternate Art
This final entry probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has researched even the slightest amount about Evolving Skies. Ever since this card’s release it has remained one of the most expensive not only VMaxes but alternate arts as well. In fact, it has remained one of the most expensive English releases in the past 2 years. This is a combination of the fact that Umbreon has kind of always been the favorite of the Eeveelutions and that it is one of the coolest card arts out there. It features an Umbreon climbing a building in the night sky baring a slight similarity to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, as it reaches up attempting to touch the moon. It is often referred to as the Moonbreon in the TCG as a result of this art. Even ungraded the card is worth more than $470 and in a PSA 10, they typically sell for more than $1500.
Evolving Skies Umbreon VMax Alternate Art
What Sets Can I Find VMax Cards In?
VMax Pokemon cards can be found in any set of Pokemon from the Sword and Shield era. But, for those who aren’t aware of what those sets are, VMax Pokemon cards can be found only in the following sets:
- Sword & Shield
- Rebel Clash
- Darkness Ablaze
- Champion’s Path
- Vivid Voltage
- Shining Fates
- Battle Styles
- Chilling Reign
- Evolving Skies
- Fusion Strike
- Brilliant Stars
- Astral Radiance
- Pokemon Go
- Lost Origin
- Silver Tempest
- Crown Zenith
As for sets beyond this, we are unsure if they will discontinue the VMax feature or if it will continue into further generations.
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