is Now Offering an Original Stock Certificate from Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Showing an Image of a Nude Playmate, and has Hugh Hefner’s Printed Signature

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This authentic engraved stock certificate was printed in 1972 shortly after the company’s initial public offering. The certificate was considered porn by some people since it showed a centerfold image of Playmate, Willy Rey.

Playboy Stock Certificate

Playboy Stock Certificate

This certificate was very controversial when it was first issued in 1971 due to the graphic nude centerfold picture on it.®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, is offering original stock certificates from Playboy Enterprises, Inc. printed in 1972. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of Miss February 1971, Willy Rey and the Playboy bunny logo. This item has the printed signatures of the company’s president and founder, Hugh Hefner, and is over 44 years old.

This stock certificate was very controversial when it was issued for the Playboy IPO since it had a nude Playmate image (vignette) on it. Playboy later changed the vignette to something that considered less offensive.

“Stock certificates make great gifts and collectibles especially when they are historically relevant,” said Bob Kerstein, Founder of “The Playboy Enterprises, Inc certificate was extremely controversial when it was originally issued due to the magazine's subject matter and the stock certificate showing a nude playmate as its main image above the company name. This is what makes this certificate so collectible,” Kerstein added.

Stock certificates are collected and given as gifts because of their historical significance, beauty and artwork, autographs, notoriety, as well as many other factors. The supply of new certificates reaching the collector market has been substantially reduced due to changes in state laws and stock exchanges rules. Many companies are no longer required to issue physical stock and bond certificates by stock exchanges and the Securities and Exchange Commission, a process called “dematerialization.”

Stock certificates can now be registered and transferred electronically. Paper stock certificates are slowly being removed and retired from circulation in exchange for electronic recording. This means fewer new paper certificates are reaching the market and older ones are destroyed when they are redeemed. As a result, the supply of paper stock certificates is significantly reduced.

Scripophily (scrip-ah-fil-ly) is the name of the hobby of collecting old stock and bond certificates. Certificate values range from a few dollars to more than $500,000 for the most unique and rare items. Tens of thousands of Scripophily buyers worldwide include casual collectors, corporate archives, business executives, museums and serious collectors. Due to the computer age, more and more stock and bonds are issued electronically which means fewer paper certificates are being issued. As a result, demand for paper certificates is increasing while supply is decreasing. has items on loan for display in the Smithsonian's Museum of Financial History in New York. We have also partnered with the Museum of American Finance On Stock Giveaways for New York Area Teachers and Students.

Our company has been featured on CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Nightline, Today Show, Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post and in many other media publications. The company also offers the World’s #1 old stock research service at and offers high resolution scans for publications. has over 16,500 selections on its website. /Old Company Research Service, founding member of the Old Stock Exchange, is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Stock Research Service, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services. These services have been performed continuously for over 137 years since 1880. We are the leading provider of authentic stock certificates, autographs, and old company stock research services. and Old Company Research Services was founded by Bob Kerstein ( Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 41 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

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