In late September, there was a spirited bidding war on ebay over an item that most people would consider a piece of trash. The lucky buyer who won the 100-year-old can of Van Camp’s Pork & Beans beat out four other bidders with a final bid of $37.50. Because I collect old “Libby’s” cans, I wasn’t surprised by the selling price or by the fact that there are at least other five people in the e-universe who are willing to pay good money for a rusty tin can. But I had to wonder where the tin can had been for the past 100 years.