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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "The battle," March 24, 2012

Card keeper

Feb. 20 was just another day at work at Legends Sports and Games for Lou Brown-until someone brought into his Kentwood, Mich., collectibles shop what many say is the most rare and sought-after football card of them all. The item, found by a man who was cleaning out his central Michigan farmhouse, was a Harvard's John Dunlop football card from 1894. If authentic, the card was issued by the Mayo Tobacco Works of Richmond, Va., and was part of the earliest known set of football cards. Brown told Fox17 in Grand Rapids, Mich., that the customer who showed it to him had almost pitched it in the garbage. Brown estimated the John Dunlop card to be valued at nearly $10,000: "It's the 'Holy Grail' of football cards."

Sparing fairy

Tough economic times affect everyone-including the Tooth Fairy. According to a survey conducted by an Illinois nonprofit agency, parents left an average of 42 cents less for a lost tooth in 2011 than in 2010. Delta Dental, a nonprofit dental coverage provider, asked 1,355 respondents about Tooth Fairy habits in their homes. In 2010, the Tooth Fairy left an average of $2.52 under a child's pillow in exchange for each lost tooth. But in 2011, the payment dropped more than 16 percent to just $2.10 in 2011. "Like many Americans, the Tooth Fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011," said Chris Pyle, spokesman for the Delta Dental Plans Association, "but she's hopeful for a recovery this year."

Lost art

A German court in February awarded damages to artist Stefan Bohnenberger after a Munich gallery lost part of his work called "Pommes d'Or." The gallery had exhibited the work, which consisted of two golden-leafed fries and two ordinary french fries, and failed to return the two ordinary fries to Bohnenberger. The amount of damages: $2,600, or $1,300 per fry.

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