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1888 N135 Duke Talk of the Diamond Complete Set (25)
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $3,818.75
Complete set of twenty-five 1888 N135 Duke "Talk of the Diamond" cards, entirely graded by and encapsulated by SGC. This is a stunning set in exceptionally high grade throughout. Do not be misled by the harsh SGC grades on this set! The grades may be technically accurate per SGC grading standards but this is a set which clearly has an overall Excellent appearance throughout, with cards downgraded due to extremely minute flaws, in many cases undetectable. Even the card that has been graded POOR is Excellent at a glance, and has been downgraded due to a very small surface chip. This is a beautiful set. We have provided scans of the entire set online. We highly recommend looking at this set online. We can only recall offering this set complete once before, many years ago, and we'd be very surprised if this was not by far the better of the two sets. SCG Grades: Three EX 60: A Base Tender, A Hot Ball, A Foul Catch. Six VG-EX: Out, Left Field, Going for Third, After the Ball, A Shortstop, A Heavy Batter. Six VG 40: He Serves the Ball, A Pitcher in the Box, A Good Throw, A Foul Balk, Three-All Out, A Low Ball. Five GOOD 30: A Big Hit, Stealing a Base, Left on Base, A Rounder, A Regular Ball. Four FAIR 20: A Home Run, No Game, A Good Catch, A Chronic Kicker. One POOR 10: Lively Game. This exceptionally colorful set 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 closely related to N284 Buchner. Fourteen of the twenty-five player poses on these cards are actually identical to those found in the N284 Buchner set. The baseball players pictured are not identified. This very scarce issue is rarely offered as a complete set, and is highly prized by both nineteenth-century baseball and nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total 25 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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