Back Issues

mastercard visa logo
Home My account View cart

Playboy Price List-Info for Buying, Selling for Collectors

Pages:   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8    Range:
Audrey Bitoni in Playboy?
Date added: May 13, 2019

For once, I am looking to my customers/readers for help. I suspect this is just one of those stories that was erroneously posted and perpetuated as bloggers and various websites copied and pasted the same paragraph over and over. It reads:

"Buxom, gorgeous, and curvaceous brunette knockout Audrey Bitoni was born Audrey Arroyo on August 16, 1986 in Anaheim, Los Angeles, California. She's of German, Spanish, and Italian descent. Bitoni grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Audrey attended Arizona State University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Communications in 2006. Moreover, it was while attending Arizona State University that Bitoni answered a Playboy magazine call for a college newsstand special edition which she eventually wound up gracing the cover of."

If any one knows which issue this is, please contact me at

a special email


Upcoming Auction at Heritage
Date added: May 11, 2019

Heritage Live Auction May 16-18

There are a few decent CGC Graded itemsa included a nice array of #1 issues from 5.5 to 8.0 As of right now (May 11) they are at a steal price, which is not likely to hold, but you never know. It is worth a look.


Be Warned
Date added: May 8, 2019

Yet another 'devious' seller on Ebay appears to be trying to sell an original 1953 Playboy signed by Hefner without disclosing definitively that this issue is a "RESTORED" copy. The accompanying picture in the listing clearly shows the wording "restored" on the label, BUT, the color of the label is dubious, appearing more blue (universal) than the actual Purple (Restored) Grade. Intentional or not, nowhere in the title or description does it indicate it is a restored issue, camouflaging that fact with the authentication and other inconsequential drivel (including listing "Category: C-1) Who the hell knows what that means without further explanation?

I have captured screen shots from the original listing and what is relisted as of today:


Prior Description

Up for sale, is one Playboy #v1 #1 Original Issue #1 Featuring Marilyn Monroe (December 1953)

Signed by Hugh Hefner and magazine rated CGC 3.5 in great condition. CGC Restored Grade 3.5 Slight (C-1). A first issue of Playboy magazine (HMH Publishing, 1953) with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and signed by Hugh Hefner. The item was authenticated prior to CGC grading, photos' are attached of the inside of the magazine White Pages, all in very good condition for it's age.

New Desciption

(1st Paragraph) Playboy CGC 3.5 #1

Signed by Hugh Hefner JSA LOA December 1953 - Marilyn Monroe Up for sale, is one Playboy #v1 #1 Original Issue #1 Featuring Marilyn Monroe (December 1953) Signed by Hugh Hefner and magazine rated CGC 3.5 in great condition. A first issue of Playboy magazine (HMH Publishing, 1953) with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and signed by Hugh Hefner.


As you can see, any reference to "RESTORED" has been excluded. Possibly an oversight maybe?

At first glance it fooled me, thus, this warning to my customers


Shits and Giggles
Date added: May 7, 2019

Totally off-topic


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Why is it that to stop Windows, you have to click on "Start"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?

Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

Playboy #1
Date added: May 6, 2019

Just a quick note reminding everyone that the upcoming auction at Heritage features 4 Volume 1 Number Issues. 2019 May 16 - 18 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - Chicago #7209

Check it out at Heritage Live at


The following premiere issues are up in this auction: (8.0) (7.5) (5.5) and a "signed" (4.0). I acknowledge the autograph, but it is presented in a very odd way. Could be a chance for you to pick up a graded issue "on the cheap" ,,,,,seems like the price is a bit low as of this posting.

The other auction I mentioned at RR Auction is up to 10K just to get into the auction.....could be interesting.


Playboy #1
Date added: May 6, 2019

The Highest Graded "Red Star" in the World

This was my pride and joy until I sold it in 2013

Popular Issues (Con't)
Date added: May 4, 2019

Playboy November 1976

Interview: Jimmy Carter

Playmate: Patti McGuire

This is the infamous Jimmy Carter Lust Issue in which the former President reveals his innermost feelings in a candid interview.

Patti McGuire (Birthdate: September 5, 1951) was born in Dexter, Missouri. Patti grew up in St. Louis with her younger brother and two younger sisters. She was her high school's Homecoming Queen. McGuire studied history and political science at Southern Illinois University. She worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in St. Louis as well as appearing in television and print advertisements.

Patti was the Playmate of the Month in the November, 1976 issue of "Playboy". McGuire was named Playmate of the Year in 1977 and given the award by Alice Cooper. Patti married tennis player Jimmy Connors in October, 1978; the couple have two children. McGuire is featured on the back glass of the famous "Playboy" pinball machine which was released at the end of 1978; she's the brunette on the left of "Playboy" editor/publisher Hugh Hefner. This pinball machine sold 18,250 units altogether.

Price List Update--Playboy Club Stuff
Date added: May 1, 2019
I have not had a chance to touch on memorabilia yet, so I will just point out that lately, the typical orange club ashtray/tiptrays have been getting some decent sales. These were a dime a dozen a couple years ago, and they have recently been selling for anywhere from 7 - 18 dollars EACH! Not sure if there is a shortage, and these recent prices exceed the Playboy Price List guides by about 60 %. The black and yellow versions are always more rare, so this is somewhat surprising.

Voluptuous Vixens
Date added: Apr 28, 2019

So, have you ever wondered about why companies and/or decision makers do what they do? Playboy is no exception. The formula was simple, offer pretty girls, world class fiction and humor in a clean format with a simple, recognizable name (i.e. Playboy).

So here comes one of the more popular Special Editions named "Voluptuous Vixens" from the Playboy Special Editions Department. The first few editions (they got up to #10 ending 2004) were a success, then for some inexplicable reason the title changed to just "Vixens" starting in 2005. That iteration ran for 12 issues, then in 2007 the "Voluptuous" was quietly snuck back into the title. The content and the scope remained the same, just the title was altered.

Just venting, and trying to make sense of it....another random thought and rant....

Playboy Price List
Date added: Apr 27, 2019

There has been an interesting shift in the Playboy paradigm regarding CGC slabbed issues. Lot's of interest in the middle ranges of Fine to Very Fine> Specifically, the 5.0 to the 8.0 range. The inventory seems to be drying up a little are some recent prices:

<li>V1 #1 Page 3 (CGC 5.5) sold for 7,000.00

<li>V1 #1 Newsstand (CGC 3.5) sold for 2,500.00

<li>The Bettie Page Issue was stolen for 175.00 (CGC 6.5)

<li>September in a 6.5 Slab sold for 125.00

     You can see that there are bargains to be had in these middle grades which are certainly attractive to the average collector. Everything above 9.0 in the 1954 class is still maintaining above average sell (and asking) prices. The supply of VERY HIGH END 1954 issues is virtually non existent, and what is "available' is so highly priced (and probably rightfully so considering the laws of supply and demand) that they are out of reach to the average collector like most of us. An exception was an 8.5 Number 1 that apparantly sold for 13,000 last week. Nice sale for seller and buyer there, but it falls into that no man's land I call it, where its above most nudgets, but not good enough for the high end collector.

Pages:   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8    Range: