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Pearl Jam Backspacer RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold album award for Pearl Jam's ninth studio album Backspacer, which was released on Sept. 20, 2009. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 28, 2010 for 500,000 copies sold.

Pearl Jam hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with this album, their first chart topper since 1996's No Code. Singles from the album included "The Fixer" and "Just Breathe", which both enjoyed some success, with the former rising as high as #2 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 in the Best Rock Album category.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "bar hologram" Gold album award with album art
  • In Excellent condition
  • First presentation award from sometime around 2010
  • Presentation to radio industry executive
  • Internal components unaltered although backing paper has been replaced
  • Award measures approx. 20.75" x 25.5"
  • Great piece of history for any Pearl Jam 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 sometime around 2010 when this style of RIAA award was made. That makes this award approx. nine years old. It is presented to radio industry executive Mike Kaplan.

The award features the full album cover with its colorful artwork. It was designed by editorial cartoonist Dan Perkins, who is known by his pen name Tom Tomorrow. This award is in excellent condition, with only a very minor mar or two on the frame. 

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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. 

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