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    Playboy #1 Page 3 Copy (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages. Playboy aficionados are well aware of the three variations of the first printing of the premiere issue. After selling out an initial print run of approximately 50,000 copies, limited by founder Hugh Hefner's start-up budget, additional "first printings" were authorized -- now known as the "Page 3" and "Red Star" variations. Both were published in comparatively small numbers, perhaps 2500 copies of each. CGC's census provides a clue: while a total of 162 copies of the more common newsstand version have been certified by CGC to date, just 44 copies of the "Page 3 Copy" version (referred to as such because a page number is printed on page 3, where no page number appears on the first print run) have been certified by CGC to date. A grade of VF+ 8.5 is rare for either version, but much more so for the "Page 3" variation. Just five copies have earned grades as high as this, only two of which graded higher. With high-grade copies of the #1 commanding ever-increasing attention, here is a great opportunity to get one of the finest copies known to exist of the "Page 3" version. The Marilyn Monroe cover and iconic nude poster are the issue's highlights. Not listed in Overstreet. CGC census 3/17: 3 in 8.5, 2 higher.

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