Do you want 143 back issues of WIRED?

June 19th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Radically trimming the volume of stuff that I own requires some hard decisions. You may get to be the lucky winner of this hard decision.

Do you want my collection of back issues of WIRED magazine? It’s 143 issues, dating back to 1994. Yes, you read that correctly, back to 1994. They fill three banker’s boxes. (No relation.)

I’d prefer to give them to a friend and know they have a happy home. Somebody in Portland is ideal, because shipping would be expensive and insane.

But I’d like to know they’ll be used for something interesting. So leave me a comment below saying how you’d use them. I’ll give it a few days and then pick my favorite. All I ask for in return is a pound of the finest Stumptown beans.

Here are the issues I have.

1994: 2.02, 08, 09, 10, 12
1995: 3.01, 06-12
1996: 4.01-4.12, except not 4.10
1997: 5.01-06, 09
1998: 6.01, 02, 05, 06, 10
1999: 7.01
2000: 8.01, 05, 07, 08, 12
2001: 9.01, 02, 04, 07, 10, plus Wired Scenarios 1.01
2002: 10.01, 03, 05, 07, 09
2003: 11.04-12
2004: the whole year
2005: the whole year
2006: 14.01, 04-12
2007: the whole year
2008: the whole year
2009: the whole year, except 17.03
2010: the whole year, except 18.03 and 05
2011: 19.01, 02

There are some definite gems in here and I could spend weeks selling them one by one on eBay, but life is too short for that nonsense.

So what say you? Interested?


4 Comments on “Do you want 143 back issues of WIRED?”

  1. 1 Luke holder said at 2:11 pm on June 19th, 2011:

    Wow. What an awesome thing to do. First off, I would read as many of them as I could. Then I would guilotine them and wallpaper my office room wall with cool covers.

  2. 2 Kyle Simukka said at 9:00 pm on June 19th, 2011:

    They would be proudly displayed at home and in my office. Each issue would be slowly absorbed and used to help inspire creative solutions for my next design challenge while enjoying a fresh frenchpress of stumptown.

  3. 3 Andy Baio said at 12:18 am on June 20th, 2011:

    Rad! I have my own Wired collection, and would love to fill the empty spaces. I already own a huge bulk of the print run (including the whole first year), but I’m currently missing these issues:

    2.01-2.11 (badly want these)
    3.01, 3.02, 3.04
    4.06, 4.10, 4.12
    6.02, 6.03, 6.05-6.12
    7.02, 7.05, 7.07, 7.08, 7.10
    8.04, 8.07
    9.06, 9.12
    10.01-10.04, 10.07
    11.01-11.04
    12.05-12.09, 12.12
    14.01-14.03, 14.05, 14.07-14.09, 14.11
    16.03-16.04, 16.06

    And I have these duplicates, if anyone out there wants them. You’re welcome to ‘em for free if you’re in Portland or can pay for shipping:

    3.09, 4.02, 4.08, 4, 09, 4.11, 5.04, 5.06, 5.07-5.12, 6.01, 15.04, and Scenarios 1.01.

    What would I do with them? Quite honestly, not much! They sit on the bookshelf behind my desk, as a reminder of both the optimism and naivety of an earlier technological age. I browse them on occasion for laughs, and to reminisce about the days when I used to dig through the back pages and type in URLs into Netscape 2.0. And I hope to share them with my son when he’s old enough.

  4. 4 Bill DeRouchey said at 6:03 am on June 20th, 2011:

    Well my friends, I have found a home for my WIREDs. I’m going to give them to a friend’s nerdy teenage son. He’s the kind of kid that would love this stuff, so there ya go. Education! History! Geekery!


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