I spotted this article in the New York Times Magazine one Sunday afternoon while relaxing at home. It was long and rambling -- about four times the length we gave it. And typically for a news magazine, the piece spilled the beans up front, telling readers how much the exquisite card table had brought when auctioned at Sothebys. I asked our cutters to recast the piece as a suspenseful chronology spanning the table's 200-year history and climaxing with the auction price. I also reminded them to alter as few words as possible, invoking old-time Digest editor Ken Paynes famous dictum: If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change. Here is the wonderful result.