Duke Honest Long Cut Talk of the Diamond Set and Checklist (N135)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title N135 Duke Honest Long Cut Talk of the Diamond
Year 1890s
Size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″
Images Color
Type 19th Century Tobacco
Number in Set

N135 Duke Honest Long Cut Talk of the Diamond Overview

N135 A Home Run.jpg

The N135 Duke Honest Long Cut set includes 25 baseball-themed cards. While an exact date is not known for the set, it is believed to have been issued in the early 1890s.

The fronts of the cards include colorful artwork with generic, unnamed baseball players. Backs include the “Talk of the Diamond” set name at the top with a brief advertisement for W. Duke Sons and Company, a branch of the American Tobacco Company – the manufacturer. Some collectors will notice that some of the images of the baseball players on the left part of the card are the same or similar to those used in the N284 Buchner Gold Coin set.

The set was a comical issue. While one side included a color lithograph of a baseball player, the other featured a corresponding comical image related to the topic. In the card shown entitled, ‘A Home Run’, a batter is shown circling the bases after a long ball. The other side shows a young child being scolded and sent running away (presumably, home) from an angry woman.

As stated on the backs, the cards were packed in Honest Long Cut products. Backs also included a complete checklist, which has been added below.

N135 Duke Honest Long Cut Talk of the Diamond Checklist

  1. A pitcher in the box
  2. Stealing a base
  3. He serves the ball
  4. A base tender
  5. Left on base
  6. A home run
  7. A chronic kicker
  8. A regular ball
  9. Three out-all out
  10. A good catch
  11. After the ball
  12. Going for third base
  13. A lively game
  14. A good throw
  15. A low ball
  16. A rounder
  17. A foul catch
  18. A big hit
  19. No game
  20. A hot ball
  21. Out
  22. Left field
  23. A shortstop
  24. A foul balk
  25. A heavy batter

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