Record label award for the Rick Springfield's Living In Oz album celebrating both "gold" and "platinum" status. Signed by Rick Springfield. Released in early 1983, the album was indeed certified Gold by the RIAA in June 1983 and later that year for one million copies sold. Note: This is not a RIAA award.
Springfield's sixth studio album, the release quickly found radio airplay with "Human Touch" and "Affair of the Heart", the latter of which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album itself peaked at #12 on the Top 200 Albums chart and #1 in Canada. In 1984, Springfield was nominated for a Grammy award for "Affair of the Heart". See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.
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- Record label "platinum/gold" LP award with plaque signed by Rick Springfield in shadow box frame
- In VG to Excellent condition
- Estimated to have been made in 1983
- Presented to radio station
- Original backing paper with label
- Award measures 18" x 24" x 2.5" deep
- Autograph covered by MusicGoldmine Authenticity Guarantee
- Fantastic collectors item for any Rick Springfield fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a unique shadow box style record label award that would have been manufactured in 1983, making it approximately 38 years old. The presentation plates include one signed by Rick Springfield in black marker.
It is presented to radio station WHTX (Ohio) and was owned by a radio industry executive. A letter of provenance from this executive will be provided with purchase. Provenance letter can be seen in images with executive's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.
The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only very minor mars on the plexiglass and plastic shadow box sides, including a very, very small crack in the bottom left corner. The award is completely original including Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer label, a company that also made RIAA award during this time period.
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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