Original owner, Eldon Sellers, the person credited with coming up with the name "Playboy" for this magazine (and eventual empire) after Hef's ideas (Stag & Stag Party) were already taken. Eldon gave this magazine to his wife Janie and the rest is history.
Keep reading and you'll see what I mean.. When Janie sent her ungraded #1 Playboy to her lifelong friend Hugh Hefner, she asked him to sign it. What he did, instead, was portray the depth of his feelings for her by creating something that he never had done, nor would ever do, for another person.To say that there is nothing even remotely like it is an understatement of immense proportions. I have included many pictures of this magazine and the principals involved, as well as, documents and notes.
This CGC 3.5 ORIGINAL #1 PLAYBOY (From December, 1953) is the.. (1) ONLY Original #1 Playboy with a Hugh Hefner Autograph AND a Hugh Hefner ("Goo Heffer") Self-Portrait Caricature on the Front Cover. (2) ONLY Original #1 Playboy with TWO Hugh Hefner Autographs;One on Front Cover & Second One Inside on the numbered Page 3. (3) ONLY Original #1 Playboy with Two Hugh Hefner Autographs AND a Hugh Hefner Self-Portrait Caricature ("Goo Heffer", as he called himself during his high school years) on the Front Cover.
(4) ONLY Original #1 Playboy with Two Hugh Hefner Autographs AND Two Hugh Hefner Caricatures;Second Hugh Hefner Caricature (Pipe-Smoking Bunny) on Page 3 (along with Second Hugh Hefner Autograph). (5) ONLY Original "PAGE 3" #1 Playboy with Two Hugh Hefner Autographs & Two Hugh Hefner Caricatures. (6) ONLY Original "PAGE 3" #1 Playboy with Two Hugh Hefner Autographs & Two Hugh Hefner Caricatures AND "White Pages"!
(7) ONLY Original "PAGE 3" #1 Playboy with Two Hugh Hefner Autographs & Two Hugh Hefner Caricatures, "WHITE Pages" & the Provenance for this Playboy written on the CGC label: "From the Collection of Jane Sellers". Have seen thousands of CGC Playboys & this is the ONLY ONE with its provenance on the CGC label. If you can show me another one, I'd love to see it. (1) CGC 3.5 Universal (Blue Label) Grade "PAGE 3" v1#1 PLAYBOY Magazine (December, 1953). (2) Original Typed, Signed & Dated Statement Transferring Ownership of this #1 Playboy from Jane Sellers to her son, Rorick Sellers.(3) Original personal notes: "To Janie - with love, Hef", written by Hugh Hefner on an HMH sheet of Playboy notepad and a note Jane - Here's the magazine! From Hef's personal assistant, Peter Glassberg, written in pencil, that also came with this magazine. (4) Photograph of page 3 of this magazine showing second Hugh Hefner autograph and accompanying pipe-smoking bunny on this page. This photo was taken prior to this magazine being sent to CGC for grading and encapsulation. (5) 5 Playboy books personally signed by Hugh Hefner to Janie Sellers over the years & commemorating their lifelong friendship. This Playboy magazine has had four owners; Eldon Sellers (shown in the 7th picture above), Jane Sellers, Rorick Sellers (their son) and now, me. The Sellers family owned it for 65 years (December, 1953 to December, 2018), and now it is in my possession.
IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE GRADING EXPERTISE OF THE CERTIFIED GUARANTY COMPANY (CGC), YOU SHOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS OFFERING. Outside those confines, please contact me. Thanks for your time and interest. The item "ONLY TWICE HEFNER SIGNED & CARTOONED 1953 #1 PLAYBOY IN WORLD CGC PAGE 3 #1" is in sale since Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Magazines".
The seller is "roberts5928" and is located in Babylon, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.