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    Playboy #1 Signed by Hugh Hefner (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC Apparent GD 2.0 Slight (C-1) White pages. The familiar Marilyn Monroe wave is accompanied here by Hugh Hefner's autograph, which has been authenticated by Beckett's Authentication Services. The premiere issue of the groundbreaking magazine is famous for both the cover of and the interior poster of MM, who's noted as "The Sweetheart of the Month," the precursor to Playboy's most popular feature, "The Playmate of the Month." The issue also has a feature on Big Band pioneers Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, "VIP On Sex" by Virgil Partch, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fiction (Sherlock Holmes). A pretty auspicious debut for a magazine that's endured over 66 years! CGC notes, "Restoration includes: cover re-attached with glue. ("Hugh Hefner" written on cover in marker.) Not listed in Overstreet. From the Wayne A. McDonald Collection.

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    Playboy enthusiast Wayne McDonald begin putting his impressive magazine collection together some 45 years ago. He joined the Playboy Club in Boston in 1971, and shortly thereafter began the ambitious quest to meet as many Playmates as possible, and more importantly, to meet the Head Playboy himself, Hugh Hefner. Over the years, with the associated issues of Playboy in hand, Wayne not only met dozens of Playmates, he chronicled the meetings with photos and signatures of Playmates on their centerfolds. And he met Hefner several times, including on one special occasion when Hef signed his #1 issue, shown in our online photo.

    Wayne's presence at the events did not go unnoticed by Hef and his Playboy associates. As a result, he was interviewed on multiple occasions, including for a 2008 German documentary "Let's Play, Boy" commemorating Hefner's 80th birthday and for "Las Vegas Round the Clock."

    Watch for more issues From the Wayne A. McDonald Collection in our online CGC-Certified Magazines Auction, March 25 and in a succession of our weekly online auctions beginning March 30.     

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