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The Cars Greatest Hits RIAA Gold Album Award presented to Greg Hawkes - RARE

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The Cars RIAA Gold album award for their Greatest Hits album presented to The Cars group member Greg Hawkes. The album, which was released in Oct. 1985, was certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 16, 1986 for 500,000 copies sold.

Containing a selection of hits from The Cars hugely successful career including "Let's Go", "Just What I Needed", "Since You're Gone", "Touch And Go", "You Might Think", "Drive", "Magic" and more. The release reached #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and new single "Tonight She Comes" hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

This is the first RIAA award for the album, which would go on to be certified 6x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

*Avoid paying auction fees/buyer's premiums by buying our RIAA awards here on our site before they go to auction. We take select RIAA awards to auctions a few times a year.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "flower hologram" Gold award with LP and cassette
  • In Excellent condition
  • First presentation award from 1986
  • Presentation to Cars member Greg Hawkes
  • All original components unaltered with original backing paper (label has fallen off)
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Awesome collector's item for any fan of The Cars
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award that would have been manufactured in 1986, making this award approx. 33 years old. It has a rare group member presentation, to The Cars keyboardist and songwriter Greg Hawkes. 

This award appears to be in completely original condition, i.e. unaltered components including what appears to be an original back. While the  manufacturer's sticker has fallen off, adhesive residue location and size indicates it was most likely made by Creative Glassics. Otherwise, the award's components and frame are in Excellent condition, with only a very minor mar or two on the frame and plexiglas. 

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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: RIAA.com