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Tracy Chapman debut RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum album award for Tracy Chapman's debut album, which was released on March 28, 1988. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 27, 1988 for 1 million copies sold.

Chapman's breakout album, the single "Fast Car" appeared on this album and broke her worldwide. It hit the top 10 in the U.S. and many countries. It reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and also won Chapman two Grammy Awards plus the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1988. By 2001 it had been certified 6x Multi-Platinum. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Platinum album award with platinum disc and presentation plate  
  • In Excellent condition
  • First presentation award from 1988
  • Presentation to concert promoter
  • Original backing paper with manufacturer's sticker
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21 "
  • Beautiful collectors item for any Tracy Chapman fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that was manufactured in 1988 making this award 32 years old. It is presented to Electric Factory Concerts.

This award appears to be completely unaltered and is excellent condition, save a mar or two on the frame, and is complete with original Ill-Eagle manufacturer's sticker on back.

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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: