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Jackson Browne Runnin' On Empty RIAA Platinum LP Award

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RIAA Platinum LP award for Jackson Browne's Runnin' On Empty album, which was released on Dec. 6, 1977 and certified Platinum® by the RIAA on Aug. 25, 1978 for one million copies sold. 

Featuring hits "Stay/The Load Out" and the title track the album went to #3 on the Billboard Pop Album chart in the U.S. and was 7x Multi-Platinum™ by 2001. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the era: Platinum frame, platinum disc and platinum presentation plate
  • In Good (not VG) condition, a "First State" award with a few scratches on frame, some fading of the matte and album cover miniature, discoloration on the edges of the disc, a few mars on the plexiglass and a torn back paper (appears original) 
  • First presentation award from 1978-1981
  • Presented to songwriter and music coordinator Mike Huber
  • Platinum disc is side 1 of the album. The track list leads off with "Runnin' On Empty" (see label photo)
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
  • RIAA floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
  • Beautiful collectors item
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1980 or 1981, since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81 and the album was certified Platinum in 1978. That makes this award a tick shy of 40 years old. 

This award was presented to songwriter and music executive Michael Huber who worked with many acts in the 70s and 80s including Jackson Browne, Eagles, Firefall, Fleetwood Mac and others.

This award appears to be in "first state," condition, i.e. completely unaltered. This award is in generally good condition considering its age, but the frame in particular has wear, along with the edge of the disc in spots.

This award has no manufacturer sticker on its backing paper but it does have an adhesive residue mark consistent with the correct sticker location and size. The backing paper is torn (see photo) and there is some discoloration of it as well. Note that these backing paper issues have no effect on the appearance of the piece when displayed and are also not thought to have any significant impact on collector value. 

Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article here.

Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA 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, record retailers, 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.