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ZZ Top Afterburner Label Platinum Album Award

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In-house Warner Bros. label award (i.e. non-RIAA) celebrating "platinum" sales status 1 million copies of ZZ Top's Afterburner album. Released in Oct. 28, 1985 this album was in fact certified Platinum on January 6, 1986 and went on to be certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA by 1999.* 

Hit "Sleeping Bag" peaked at #1 on the Billbooard Mainstream Rock Tracks and #8 on the Hot 100 chart. "Velcro Fly" and "Can't Stop Rockin' " were also hits on the release. Slow rocker "Rough Boy" also captured significant airplay. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

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Item Highlights:

  • In-house label "platinum" album award with LP and presentation plate Note: Not an RIAA award
  • In VG to Excellent condition
  • Presentation to Chairman/CEO of label
  • Metal frame, plexiglas and internals all appear original
  • Award measures approx. 18" x 22"
  • Great collectors item for any ZZ Top fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available
This award was made by the California Gold Record Co. who, at the time, were also official RIAA award makers. It is in VG to Excellent condition with only small mars on its' plexiglass. The award was made around 1986 making it approximately 24 years old. It is presented to Dave Mount, who served as Chairman/CEO of WEA (Warner/Elektra/Atlantic) Records from 1993 to 2002.

    Interested in knowing more about RIAA and other record awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article here.

    Notes on the condition of all vintage 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: