This combo works especially well with $5 cards that stack together, e.g., Market, City, Laboratory, and to a lesser extent Upgrade. Market is especially well-suited for this role because it provides additional buys, and Cities are incredibly powerful if you empty out another pile of stackable actions, e.g., Spy, Caravan, Conspirator, Market, or Cities themselves.
The Talisman can be replaced (less effectively) by anything else that gives +Buy; the Quarry can be replaced by anything else that reduces the cost of cards (e.g. Bridge, or cheap Peddlers).
This game does not feature Talisman per se, but does illustrate the power of Quarries if you can get +Buy. Yaron uses Quarries and an early Market to stack up Markets, which then rolls into an unstoppable City stack.