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In the second set of the Kaldesh Block, Aether Revolt, one card is Dark Intimations, which includes this text:

When you cast a Bolas planeswalker spell, exile Dark Intimations from your graveyard. That planeswalker enters the battlefield with an additional loyalty counter on it.

This is notable because there are no Bolas planeswalker cards in the entire Kaladesh block, so in a format that uses only cards from that block, such as Draft or Sealed, that ability has no effect. Even more broadly, while there is Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, it was not printed in any Standard-legal sets as of when Aether Revolt was published.

Are there any other instances of this sort of thing in the history of Magic (excluding Time Spiral block, which was a block designed around referencing past and future Magic sets)?

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    This doesn't quite fit your constraints, but a fun curiosity: when Darksteel first came out, Shield of Kaldra made direct reference to Helm of Kaldra, which did not exist until Fifth Dawn was released four months later.
    – Kevin
    Feb 19, 2017 at 18:22
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    Steamflogger Boss's replacement ability still has no effect. ​ ​
    – user13741
    Feb 20, 2017 at 1:31

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Eye of Ugin technically existed in the same block as Eldrazi, but the next set, Rise of the Eldrazi, was drafted separately from Zendikar and Worldwake, meaning that in these limited formats its first ability did nothing.

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