RIAA Gold album award for Ricky Van Shelton's Loving Proof. The album was released on Sept. 16, 1988. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 2, 1988 for 500,000 copies sold.
The album produced three Billboard Top Country Singles chart #1's: "I'll Leave This World Loving You", "From a Jack to a King" and the title track. The album itself topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Canada's RPM Country Albums chart. By late 1989, the album had been certified Platinum by the RIAA for 1 million sold.
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- RIAA "flower hologram" Gold album award with LP and cassette
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presentation to music executive
- All original with manufacturer's sticker on rear
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collector's item for any Ricky Van Shelton fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1988 when this style of RIAA award was made ("flower RIAA hologram"). That makes this award approx. 32 years old. It is presented to Sam Milicia, an executive with Handleman, a record industry distributor.
This award appears to be in original condition, i.e. unaltered components including an original back with Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker. This award is in VG to Excellent condition, with only a very, very minor mar or two on the frame and plexiglas.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com