RIAA Gold album award for Tom Petty's Into The Great Wide Open album, which was released on July 2, 1991. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on Sept. 6, 1991 for 500,000 copies sold, which this award celebrates.
Produced by Petty (RIP 1950-2017) and ELO's Jeff Lynne, the album went to #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #3 on the UK Albums chart. The single "Learning To Fly" reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks while the title track hit #4 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. The album eventually was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by 2000. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA "R hologram" Gold album award with gold disc, cassette and CD
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1991
- Presented to record executive
- All original award and backing paper
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful collectors item for any Tom Petty fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award that would have been manufactured in 1991. That makes it approx. 30 years old. This award is presented to Jonathan Lev, a promotions and marketing executive who worked with rock, pop and alternative artists including Tom Petty, Coldplay, Blur, Green Day, Nirvana, U2, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
This award is all original and in VG condition with minor mars plexiglass and frame, although one dent on side of one frame rail is bigger (about 1/4" in diameter, but is barely noticeable on black frame). Award also has its original backing paper and while sticker is missing, the correct size, shape and location of sticker residue indicates that this is an award made by Creative Glassics (see image).
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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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com