CRIA Diamond Album award for Def Leppard album Hysteria, which was released on August 3, 1987. This award celebrates that on Nov. 30, 1988 the album was certified Diamond by the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association). Diamond-certified albums are rare in Canada and they represent one million copies sold -- in a country of then only about 26 million people.
Def Leppard's mega seller Hysteria was fueled by no less than seven hit singles including "Animal", "Women", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Hysteria", "Armageddon It", "Love Bites" and "Rocket." The album went to #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and UK Album charts and #5 in Canada. By 1998 the album had also been certified 12x Multi-Platinum by the U.S. RIAA, making it a very rare Diamond-certified seller in both Canada and the U.S. See image above for CRIA sales certification of this album*.
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- CRIA Diamond Album award
- In Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presented to record distributor
- All original award
- Measures approx. 12.5" x 18.5"
- Great, rare collectors item for any Def Leppard fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation CRIA Diamond Album award made of a 1" thick heavy glass-like acrylic material with a beveled edge, and a small inset artificial diamond-like gem (not a real diamond). It would have been manufactured shortly after the certification date in 1988, making it approximately 35 years old. The award is presented to Sound Insight Limited, a Canadian record distributor and retailer owned by ex-CBS Records Canada executives.
The award is in Excellent condition with only very, very minor mars. It has a hanger built-in on its' back.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage record awards like this one: 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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com