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Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Award for Soul Asylum album Grave Dancer's Union. Released on Oct. 9, 1992, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 26, 1993 for one million copies sold. 

The album contained the hit track "Runaway Train" which hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy award in 1996 for Best Rock Song. The album peaked at #11 on the Top 200 Albums chart and by 1994 was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum award
  • In VG to Excellent condition 
  • First presentation award from 1993
  • Presentation to music industry executive
  • All original with manufacturer sticker 
  • Letter of provenance included
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-97
  • Award measures 21" x 17"
  • Great collectors item for any Soul Asylum fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1993 making this award 29 years old. The award is presented to Jerry Blair, a record executive who held roles at CBS, Chrysalis, and Columbia Records.

Blair played a key role in the success of artists including Soul Asylum, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, George Michael, Will Smith and many others. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Blair's son, who later took possession of his father's awards and memorabilia (see image of letter, son's name is redacted on image, buyer will receive unredacted copy).

This award is all original with Ill Eagle manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only minor wear on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglass.

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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, 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: RIAA.com.