Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Clock That Keeps On Ticking

The other day I posted my Allen & Ginter Crack the Code info card set. Shortly thereafter, Topps Cards That Never Were pointed out that were variations in the clock in the background of the 2011 card. 

That was the first I had ever heard that, so being the completist that I am, realized that I need to find out what these cards were and then go about getting them for the set.

I went through my dupes and was able to pull two additional cards with different times on the clocks.

I had to use my magifier to see them, but at first I tough the times were 5:41, 8:45, 9:40. Jeremy then sent a link to a code cracker blog that explained that there were 10 different times, and that the times were used to "crack the code". The blog also pointed that the clock is in a mirror, so the image is backwards. That meant the cards I have are actually 2:21, 3:15 and 6:13 (it took several minutes for my brain to compute the backwards times).
Now I just need to find the seven other clock cards that show 1:14, 1:19, 3:14, 4:00, 7:27, and 9:42.
Who knew?


  1. Hats off to Topps for their creativity. Who knew?

  2. I wish that I'd been more aware of these contests at the time. I don't for a single moment think that I would've had a chance of solving them, but it still would've been fun to try.

  3. I wonder how many people actually picked up on this back in 2011...