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    Playboy #1 Newsstand Edition (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC FN- 5.5 White pages. We continue to see solid prices for this premiere issue, and justifiably so. Publisher Hugh Hefner wasn't sure his ambitious venture would survive, only printing a little over 50,000 copies. Many of those copies no longer exist, and many have been "read" practically to death! This nice mid-grade copy has the appearance of a higher grade, with its white covers and white pages. Some stress marks along the spine and minor wear around the edges keep the book from scoring higher on CGC's condition assessment. The highlight of the issue, of course, is the Marilyn Monroe cover and the nude image of her as the "Sweetheart of the Month." Other features include an article on the legendary Big Band leaders Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, "VIP On Sex" by noted cartoonist Virgil Partch, and a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Not listed in Overstreet. CGC census 8/14: 8 in 5.5, 40 higher. From the Loveland Collection.

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