In season 1 episode 1 of Loki series when Loki visits the TVA he sees

a drawer full of Infinity Stones and many other artifacts.

I would like to know whose photo is present in the drawer.

The open drawer as described above with the photo circled

  • I'm interested in the medal, which appears to be the Legion of Honour. Why would the TVA be keeping one of those together with items of such other importance? Is there someone particular in the Marvel universe to whom it could belong? (Granted the other items are not treated with much importance by the TVA, but perhaps there's an out-of-universe reason for it being given such prominence). Should this be asked as a separate question? – eggyal Jun 20 at 12:24
  • @eggyal I'd argue "super rare baseball card", "top military honor of a country", "stones that shape reality itself" are all roughly equally valuable, as far as the TVA is concerned. They go in a drawer somewhere. – Yakk Jun 21 at 3:14

It appears to be a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card (or perhaps a reissue/reprint/variation). It is an incredibly rare baseball card, with only an estimated 60 still in existence.

They're considered one of the most valuable (and most famous) baseball cards in the world, with some cards having been sold in auctions for millions of dollars ($5.2 million!).

The distribution was cut short either because Wagner didn't want children to purchase cigarettes in order to get his card, or because he wanted more money. Either way the production was cut short - resulting in only a maximum of 200 cards released to the public.

It seems very appropriate to have such a rare card kept alongside (several) Infinity Stones (and in a drawer no less).

Example of a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, depicting Wagner wearing a grey Pittsburgh

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    @BruceWayne - in this slightly higher quality image you can see the writing on the card. It's along the lines of "Evidence... Lot of (perhaps 'or') early 19(?)... Baseball cards... APB-(?)00" – fez Jun 18 at 15:34
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    For that matter, why do they keep the Infinity Stones around so carelessly? They may have no power there, but if someone grabbed some and went off to the universe as a whole, couldn't they cause a ton of problems? Their time travel is all well and good, but if they had to confront someone with a Time Stone who knew about their existence, wouldn't that be a bit of an inconvenience? – Adamant Jun 18 at 17:14
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    @Adamant You might be right in-universe, but out-of-universe this is a huge reveal. It'd be one thing to have the Infinity Stones in a bank vault, glass case, or the Timekeepers' chambers, but having them in the desk drawer of an unimportant underling means that Loki and the audience simultaneously have to drastically re-frame their view of the TVA's power compared to the MCU thus far. We've seen so little of the TVA, perhaps the "inconvenience" is honestly trivial enough to warrant that degree of carelessness, but either way I can't imagine they'd easily give up that scene and shot. – Jeff Bowman Jun 18 at 20:47
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    Remember that the Soul Stone is the only one that you can’t just take for yourself. It demands a sacrifice. – RBarryYoung Jun 19 at 21:10
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    @LamarLatrell They're all human(oid) because all the ones we've met are clones created specifically for timekeeping on Earth. Presumably in the apparently infinite space of the TVA, there are other sections that handle other planets, populated by clones that appear to be of the species that live there. – Darth Pseudonym Jun 20 at 5:10

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