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The Cars Heartbeat City Platinum Album Award

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The Cars RIAA Platinum Album award for their Heartbeat City album. The album, which was released on March 1, 1984 was certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 17, 1984 for one million copies sold.

Containing hits including "You Might Think", "Drive", "Magic" and "Hello Again" the release reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, #5 in Canada and #25 in the UK. By the end of 2001 the album would be certified 4x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum Album award 
  • In Good to VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1984
  • Presentation to The Cars recording studio manager
  • All original with manufacturer label 
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a RIAA "strip plate" award, they were made from 1982-85
  • 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 Platinum album award that would have been manufactured in 1984, making it approx. 39 years old. It is presented to Julia Channing, who managed The Cars recording studio, Syncrosound.

This award is all original and in Good to VG condition with frame wear, some mars on the plexiglass and two discoloration spots on the lower left edge of the matte. It has its' original backing paper with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker. The backing paper was cut on three sides to better attach the album miniature which was coming up. The cuts have been taped to help prevent dust intrusion.

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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:

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