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    Playboy #1 Newsstand Edition (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. The Marilyn Monroe cover and nude post inside ensured Hugh Hefner's fledgling magazine would get noticed - he just didn't know by how many, and how great the distribution would become within just a few years. From a printing of just over 50,000 copies for this first issue, Playboy's print run reached 5 million within 15 years.
    This is easily the finest copy of the highly collectible debut issue of Playboy that we've ever had the opportunity to offer, far surpassing the CGC VF+ 8.5 copy we offered in 2009, which previously held the Heritage record and sold for over $10,000. It's stunning, from its incredibly snow-white covers to its pristine white pages. All that white paper tends to show even minute wear and the slightest of smudges, so the condition of this offering is all the more astonishing.
    Nearly 60 years after the issue was published, it's safe to say there simply aren't many copies that can command a Near Mint certification. To date CGC has awarded the NM 9.4 grade to just two other copies of the Newsstand Edition, and a higher grade has yet to be certified. Go to HA.com/7054 for a closeup view!


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    February, 2012
    22nd-24th Wednesday-Friday
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