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Van Halen OU812 RIAA Platinum LP Award

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RIAA Platinum LP award for Van Halen's OU812 album. Released on May 24, 1986, the album was certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold on July 28, 1986. The second Van Halen album with vocalist Sammy Hagar, the release included hits "When It's Love", "Finish What Ya Started", "Black And Blue" and "Mine All Mine."

It performed well on the charts, hitting #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. By 2004 the album had been certified 4x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the "flower hologram" era: "platinum" disc, cassette, "flower hologram" and silver presentation plate
  • In VG to Excellent condition with original back and only a few very minor scratches on frame
  • First presentation award
  • Presented to radio industry executive
  • Known as a "flower hologram" award they were made from 1986-1989
  • Award measures approx. 16" x 20"
  • Great collectors item for any fan of Van Halen or Sammy Hagar
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: 

This is an original first presentation RIAA award from around 1986-87, making it around 33 years old. It is presented to Atlanta, GA area radio program director and on-air talent Craig Ashwood at 94Q.

It is in VG to Excellent condition including an original back with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer's sticker. There are a few minor mars on the backing paper but otherwise has only a very few minor scratches on the frame (see images). 

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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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