Playboy #1 Page 3 Copy Twice-Signed ...
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DescriptionPlayboy #1 Page 3 Copy Twice-Signed and Sketched by Hugh Hefner (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VG- 3.5 With White Pages. Leading off our unique offerings of items from the Hugh Hefner Archive is a rare "Page 3" copy of the first Playboy issue that has been signed and doodled upon twice by Hef. The "Page 3" printing variant is much rarer than the more common "Newsstand" version. Whereas CGC has certified a total of 300 copies of the "Newsstand" version to date, the company has certified only 78 "Page 3" copies. And no other copy can boast the history of this copy!
It was originally owned by Hefner's friend and business associate Eldon Sellers who essentially "named" Playboy after Hefner's original choice of Stag Party was understandably opposed by the publisher of Stag, a men's adventure magazine. Sellers had helped Hefner find investors to provide startup capital for the fledgling magazine. Sellers was also married to the former Janie Borson, who had been a close friend of Hugh Hefner since their high school days at Steinmetz High School in Chicago. In later years, Eldon had gifted the copy of the Playboy #1 to his now ex-wife Janie, who in turn sent it to her old friend around 2007, asking him to autograph it for her. Hefner autographed it twice – on the outside cover and again on Page 3 of the interior, both times including a cartoon profile doodle, one of himself smoking his pipe, the other of a bunny smoking a pipe! Hefner also included a note - written on his personal stationery: "To Janie – with love, Hef."
CGC notes, "From the Collection of Jane Sellers." The issue is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Janie Borson Sellers dated October 1, 2017. Authenticated by Beckett. COA from Heritage Auctions. From the Hugh Hefner Playboy Archive.
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