DescriptionPlayboy #1 Page 3 Copy (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages. The premiere issue of the magazine that would revolutionize the men's magazine genre was audacious from the start. Marilyn Monroe graced the cover, and, of course, was the first Playmate of the Month ("Sweetheart of the Month" in the first issue), her full page nude ingrained in Americana lore. Hugh Hefner had a vision beyond titillation - he brought fiction from outstanding authors of the 20th century (Sir Arthur Conan in the first issue; in later issues Ray Bradbury, Ian Fleming, Herbert Gold, W. Somerset Maugham, and Jack Kerouac, to name a few); interviews with celebrities of the day; contributions from top cartoonists, many of which stayed with the publication for decades; and timely features on sports, food, music, automobiles, travel, relationships, and other diversions. His wide-ranging "Entertainment for Men" wasn't an overnight success, but by the early 1960s, Playboy was nestled firmly atop the crowded men's magazine scene and one of the best-selling magazines in the country in any genre.
The first issue of Playboy had a print run that was limited to only about 50,000, and complete copies in nice condition have become highly sought-after. This copy is the rarer "Page 3 Copy" version (i.e. one in which page 3 is numbered), the procurement of which seems to be heating up among collectors. Now that CGC has begun certifying copies of Playboy, nicer copies like this are expected to appreciate in value, and our own recent auction results bear this out. Note that CGC does not yet publish a census report for non-comic magazines.
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