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ZZ Top Afterburner RIAA Gold LP Award

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ZZ Top RIAA Gold album award for their Afterburner album, which was released on Oct. 28, 1985. The album was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously on Jan. 6, 1986.

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. After going Platinum in 1986 the album went on to be certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA by 1999. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years.* 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold award with LP, cassette and album miniature
  • In VG condition
  • Presented to Warner Bros. Records
  • Original backing paper
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a RIAA “flower hologram” award, they were made from 1985-89
  • Great collector's item for any ZZ Top fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1988 making it approx. 33 years old. It is presented to Warner Bros. Records.

The award is in Very Good condition with some minor mars on the frame and plexiglass as is typical. The award has its original back with what appears to be manufacturer's sticker residue that would indicate it was made by Creative Glassics.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage record 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:

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