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Mariah Carey debut RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Album Award for Mariah Carey's debut album, which was released on June 12, 1990. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Aug. 20, 1990 for one million copies sold.

An ultra successful debut, the album produced a record four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles for Carey including "Vision of Love", "Love Takes Time", "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry" making her the first artist since The Jackson 5 to see their first four singles hit #1 on the chart. The album also topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and repeated this feat in numerous other countries. By 1999 the release had been certified an impressive 9x Multi-Platinum by RIAA for nine million sold in the U.S. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Platinum award
  • In VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1990
  • Presented to pianist Richard Tee who played on the album
  • Has all original components and backing paper with manufacturer's sticker
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a RIAA "R hologram" award they were made from 1990-97
  • Great collectors item for any Mariah Carey fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum album award that would have been manufactured in 1990 when this "R hologram" style of RIAA award was made (1990-97). That makes this award approx. 30 years old. 

The award was given to pianist Richard Tee (1949-1993) who played on Carey's first two albums and those of artists including Aretha Franklin, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, The Bee Gees and dozens of others. 

The award is in Very Good condition with some mars on the frame and plexiglass. It has its' original backing paper and Ill-Eagle manufacturer's sticker.

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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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