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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Into The Great Wide Open RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold Album Award for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album Into The Great Wide Open, which was released on July 2, 1991. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on Sept. 6, 1991 for 500,000 copies sold. Remember Tom Petty (1950-2017) with this award.

Produced by Petty and ELO's Jeff Lynne, the album went to #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #3 on the UK Albums chart. The single "Learning To Fly" reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks while the title track hit #4 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. The album was certified 2x Multi-Platinum for two million sold in 2000. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold Album award
  • In VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1991
  • Presented to record label executive
  • Letter of provenance included
  • All original with manufacturer stickers
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Beautiful collectors item for any Tom Petty fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1991, making it approx. 32 years old. This award is presented to a former marketing and promotion executive who worked at EMI Capitol Records. Their name has been obscured in the photos only for privacy. A letter of provenance from the recipient will be provided with purchase. Provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.

This award is all original and in VG condition with some mars on the frame. It has its original backing paper with Dejay Products manufacturer stickers.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

*RIAA sales data source:

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