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having unique title tags & meta descriptions is helpful but imho not the most important seo consideration. having significant & unique text on the page is much more important. also having a strong link profile which includes external backlinks & internal backlinks is more important than meta tags.
i worked on a 500k+ page website and it had so little unique content that i ended up blocking the deep pages and concentrated my seo efforts on top 10% of pages and traffic doubled. more pages is not always better.
assuming you do have massive amounts of unique content and more backlinks than you can count, then i would see what data fields you can add to the title tag & meta description. adding "page 1" doesnt help expose you to any long tail keywords. adding a city & state data field would be better or just taking some keywords from the first search result would be better than adding page 1.