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    Playboy #1 Page 3 Copy (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages. This is the nicest copy of #1 we've ever offered -- though CGC has just begun to certify Playboy magazines, a Very Fine-plus 8.5 sets the bar very high -- the highest grade we had ever assigned a #1 was Fine/Very Fine. Given the white cover, Near Mint copies would be very hard to come by if they exist.

    This is a "page 3 copy," meaning the edition in which page 3 is numbered, and we've heard estimates that a mere 5% of the existing #1s are this variant. The cultural significance of this issue needs no introduction (nor does cover gal Marilyn Monroe) and there's a reason copies of this issue have changed hands for thousands of dollars in our auctions! Intriguingly, GPAnalysis reports a sale of a CGC 4.5 "page 3 copy" for $4,150.

    Not listed in Overstreet. While CGC has only been certifying non-comic magazines since June 2009 and has not yet begun to publish a census report, CGC informs us that as of October 2, 2009, only two copies of the "Page 3" edition have been graded 8.5 with none graded higher, and no copies of the other two known versions have been certified higher than 8.5.

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