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The Smithereens II RIAA Gold Album Award

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Remember Pat DiNizio (1955-2017) and celebrate The Smithereens with this RIAA Gold Album award for their album II. This was the group's third album released on Oct. 18, 1989 and its only Gold record to date. It was certified Gold®  on  June 7, 1990 for 500,000 copies sold. 

The album peaked at #41 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, driven by singles "A Girl Like You" and "Blues Before And After".

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold album award with all proper components for the era: "R hologram" RIAA logo, gold disc and gold info plate
  • In Fair to Good condition with some minor scratches on frame and plexiglas, minor waviness to the left and right bottom of matte (see images)
  • First presentation award from sometime around 1990
  • Presentation: To music industry executive Liz Welch
  • Looks to be an original, unaltered award complete with original manufacturer sticker (Fitzgerald-Hartley)
  • Award measures 17" x 24"
  • Great collectors item for Smithereens fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime around 1990 making this award 29 years old. The award is presented to music industry executive Liz Welch.

All components appear original and unaltered and the award is in fair to good condition for a 30 year old item, with some marks on the frame and plexiglas, and some minor waviness on the lower two sides of the matte, probably caused by some moisture at some point. See images for the condition but this is still an attractive piece.

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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. 

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