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    Playboy #1 Red Star Copy Signed by Tom Kelley, Jr. (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages. Extraordinary copy of the first issue! It's a rare "Red Star" printing, and this copy is signed by Tom Kelley Jr. the photographer responsible for the famous nude photo of Marilyn Monroe that graced this issue! To date CGC has certified 150 unrestored copies of the newsstand version of this issue, 39 unrestored copies of the "Page 3" printing, and only 12 unrestored copies of the "Red Star" printing. It's also much rarer in high grade than the other versions -- just one other copy has earned a higher grade from CGC to date. Mr. Kelley passed away over 30 years ago, but his photography was immortalized when Hugh Hefner used the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe as the first "centerfold" of his fledgling magazine. And, of course, Playboy is very much on everyone's mind since the recent death of Hefner. CGC notes, "'Tom Kelley Jr.' written on 8th page in marker." CGC census for "Red Star" copy 10/17: 2 in 8.0, 1 higher.

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