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Five Early Issues of Playboy Magazine (Mar. 1954 - September 1955) - All Graded by CGC
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,320
When Playboy magazine debuted on newsstands in December 1953, few realized at the time how iconic the magazine would become. While the Marilyn Monroe cover of that classic first issue helped attract attention to the new publication, it was the magazine's standard format of provocative articles, high-quality literature, and, of course, photos of the female form that kept readers coming back for more. Offered here are four of the first eleven issues of Playboy magazine, each dating from 1954, plus one issue from 1955. The 1954 issues (#2-13) are rare and have always been especially highly prized by collectors (they are perhaps even rarer than issue #1, which people instinctively knew was a classic and tended to save). This offering is all the more noteworthy for the fact that nearly all are in extremely high grade, with each issue having been encapsulated and graded by CGC. The issues and corresponding grades are as follows: Issue #4 (March 1954) – CGC 5.0 VG/F; Issue #8 (July 1954) – CGC 8.5 VF+; Issue #9 (September 1954) – CGC 8.0 VF; Issue #10 (September 1954) – CGC 8.5 VF+; Issue #11 (October 1954) – CGC 8.0 VF; and Volume 2 Issue #9 (September 1955) - CGC 8.0 VF. Total: 5 graded issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,320
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