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Buckner & Garcia "Pac-Man Fever" Columbia label award

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Unique "gold" label album award for Buckner & Garcia's novelty hit "Pac-Man Fever". The track was released in December 1981 by the group created by founders Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia and became an immediate hit, reaching at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

While this is not an RIAA award it is contructed exactly like one, except that in the spot where the RIAA logo normally appears is a stylized "Pac-Man" image making this one very unique award. However, it is worth noting that the track was in fact certified Gold by the RIAA on Mar. 22, 1982 for 500,000 copies sold (see image above for RIAA sales certification of the track).* Given that the award recipient Al Teller was Columbia Records then-President who could easily get an RIAA award in his name, one has to assume this was an award designed this way in fun. 

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Item Highlights:

  • Columbia Records "Pac-Man" gold single award
  • In VG condition
  • Award estimated to be from 1982
  • Presented to then Columbia Records President
  • All original 
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Beautiful collectors item for any Pac-Man or 80s nostaligia fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a label "gold single" award that would have been manufactured around 1982 making it approx. 40 years old. It is presented to Al Teller, who was Columbia Records President in the early 80s, then later CBS President followed by MCA Records Chairman/CEO from 1988-95. Unique "Pac-Man" motif in place of RIAA logo (this is a Columbia Records award, not a RIAA award).

This award is all original and in VG condition. It also has its original backing paper although cut on three sides.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA and other record 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: RIAA.com