DescriptionPlayboy #1 Page 3 Copy (HMH Publishing, 1953) Condition: VG/FN. A nice copy of the first issue of Playboy is cause enough for excitement, but this offering is also accompanied by a personal letter from founder Hugh Hefner! Having missed the first issue, early collector John Basil wrote to Hugh Hefner, offering $5 for the 50-cent premiere issue. To Mr. Basil's delight, Hef personally responded on November 21, 1955 with a warm letter that stated, "Anyone who would pay $5.00 for the first issue of Playboy thinks a good deal of the magazine and deserves to have that issue. I've dug this copy out of our editorial file, especially for you. Consider it a gift." The letter was typed by Janet Pilgrim, a longtime employee of Hefner, and a three-time Playmate of the Month. As Subscription Manager, Ms. Pilgrim personally phoned Mr. Basil later to congratulate him when he joined the Lifetime Playboy Club.
Hefner's letter was folded and affixed to the first page of the issue, and the tape holding the letter in place can still be seen. Tape remnants can also be seen at the top corners of the letter. Page 3 of this copy is numbered, unlike the majority of original pressings of the premiere issue. Overall, the magazine is in Very Good/Fine condition with a small piece of tape at the bottom of the magazine's spine and some minor staining along the bottom edge of the front cover, which does not extend inside. With the personal letter from Hefner, this copy of the prized first issue becomes truly unique! Accompanied by a COA from PSA/DNA.
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