So really... what
is Crosstrainer? Here are the facts:
Order: ??? set in the US.
This set was never released in the US. And since this was a
set devised by Wizards, chances were that it wasn't going to
be released in Japan.
151+ in the US.
This set was said to contain all 151 "Kanto" Pokémon
(Bulbasaur to Mew) including a good rotation of Trainer and
Energy card. Although 151 is the bare minimum of cards in
the set, it wasn't the actual set size. (Technically there
is no set size since it wasn't released, but we figured it
to be in the 170's.)
Date: July 10th, 2001 in the US.
Well, that's what its original release date was planned to
be at, however it was never released.
Officially, this set was called
Crosstrainer, although it did go through a number of
name changes (which included Pokémon X, Tournament Set, and
This set was going to be a Base Set Three type set,
however it was going to introduce 30 "new" cards. These 30
cards were actually part of a set from Japan which hasn't
been released in English, Vending.
Crosstrainer was rumored to include cards from
Base Set 2 (which was Base & Jungle), Fossil, Rocket,
and the said 30 cards from Vending. Other rumors
had said that it was going to include cards from Gym
Heroes/Challenge, but we doubted that from the
Wizards axed Crosstrainer in the summer of
2001, saying that they wanted to focus on releasing
Southern Islands and Neo Revelation.
However, even though Crosstrainer is "dead",
it's not really "dead-dead" since we're pretty sure Wizards
will ressurect the concept sometime soon.... maybe when Base Set 4 is on the horizon, say mid 2004?
The symbol for Crosstrainer is unknown. We assumed
that it would be a Roman-numerial 3 (III) with a
PokéBall in the middle of it.