Fossil (Japanese: 化石の秘密Mystery of the Fossils) is the name given to the third main expansion of cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The set continues to feature Generation I Pokémon in the card game.
Two million years ago, the first known Pokémon™® walked the earth. Scientists thought many were extinct like the dinosaurs because only fossils had been found—until now. A remote island has been discovered in the south seas, an island where the Pokémon fossils have come to life!
Dig in to the Fossil expansion and you'll find 47 new Pokémon cards for the official Pokémon trading card game. Trade with your friends, show off your favorites, build your own personalized decks, and most of all— play your friends in battle. Collect and play all the Fossil cards and you'll discover holographic cards with super attacks!
Fossil is the name given to the third main expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Mystery of the Fossils, the third expansion in the Pokémon Card Game. It is based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green, featuring Generation I Pokémon and Fossil Pokémon. The English expansion was released on October 10, 1999, while the Japanese expansion was released on June 21, 1997. Subsequently all other language releases for Fossil were April of 2000.
Fossil was the final expansion to use the Galaxy Star Holofoil. Although the holographic pattern was changed to cosmos in the Base 2 release, cosmos holographic cards have been sighted.
In the Australian release, the Unlimited print used red lettering for the word "Pokémon" instead of yellow on booster boxes, booster packs, theme decks & theme deck cases. This was to help prevent counterfeiting. The non-holographic cards obtained from these red logo packs have a 1999-2000 copyright at the bottom of the card as well as a different card stock. Note that the holographic cards obtained from these red logo packs have the standard 1999 copyright at the bottom.