Presented is an attractive collection of 1888 N135 Duke "Talk of the Diamond" cards consisting of twenty-three assorted cards, including a partial set of sixteen different (out of twenty-five). Condition is five Vg-Ex or slightly better, six Vg, four Gd, and eight lesser. This exceptionally colorful series was issued with Duke's Honest Long Cut tobacco brand which was called "Talk of the Diamond." Each card features a baseball-related caption with a comic scene to the right, and a baseball player illustration to the left. This set is very related to N284 Buchner, with most of the poses on these cards actually identical to those found in that set. The baseball players pictured are not identified. This very scarce issue is highly prized by both nineteenth-century baseball and nonsport tobacco card collectors. Total: 23 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).