I wouldn't give up on the "equity" an ODP link may have. The ODP data has been used (and abused) by many. Those that have established an authority status using an ODP feed are definitely of value. That listing goes a long way and has many legs attached to it. Don't think of it as just "one listing". No, I think there may be a bit more to it than that. And remember, Google updated its directory not long with a fresh ODP dump...
Google DIRECTORY Updated: 2007-08-18
That in itself leads me to believe that the data is being used and that a listing in the ODP does have some intrinsic value.
Yes, I am very familiar with all the hubbub surrounding the ODP. If you can't get listed the first time, try again. If it doesn't work second time around, you'll find there are plenty of other resources out there that present similar link equity. It really is a "Hit or Miss" type of thing with the ODP.