There’s a group of awards I’ve left in disrepair. Out of site, out of mind, may be the best way to describe this cache of 15-20 awards. What they have in common – are condition issues… awards with condition issues (2)Caring for awards, especially if they’re going to be displayed, sold, or in danger of further deterioration, is something we all confront. My philosophy is to keep awards in original condition, which easy to do when there are only slight condition issues. But when an award requires restoration, how much and what repair is enough? If the matte is slightly discolored, does it need to be replaced? What’s the best way to open and re-close an award whose plate or disc needs to be re-attached? Can a frame be repaired or does it need to be replaced? How will these repairs affect not only how it looks, but its future value? Certainly there are many opinions about how to restore (or not restore) awards. In future posts I’ll share some of mine, about…

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Awards whose cover-up plate over has slipped… (Back in the day if an RIAA award was ordered and then for one reason or another given to someone other than the person it was called for, a separate name plate was made and glued on)IMG_3038

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The Beatles “Rubber Soul” – A Classic 1965 #1 Album – Honored With An Authentic RIAA White Matte!

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An award collector told me there were two kinds of collectors. Those who care that awards are in their original authentic state, and believe they are more valuable that way. And those to whom an award’s original state is not important, but collect them because they honor the music they love, and their musical idols. For me, […]

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From NPR – A Piece Of Gold Record History – How ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ Became The World’s First Gold Record

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The music industry can thank Glenn Miller’s record label for the idea of gold records. Seventy-five years ago today (2/10/17), his song about a train trip became the world’s first solid-gold hit. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” is about a man going home, and promising his sweetheart he’ll never roam. By February 10, 1942, more than 1.2 […]

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Whitney Houston Was A Shooting Star – With A Trail Of Gold, Platinum, And Multi Platinum Awards!

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In the 1980’s, the number of people who bought music increased dramatically, as did the number of music awards presented. Whitney Houston gives us a great example. Whitney was released in May of 1987 and simultaneously certified RIAA Gold, Platinum and 2X Platinum on 7/28/1987. It went on to sell more than twenty five million copies world […]

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Led Zepplin “Whole Lotta Love” – A 1970 Photo Of Their Only RIAA Gold 45 White Matte Presentation!

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While Led Zepplin had many RIAA certified White Matte LP Awards, they only received one RIAA certified White Matte single, Whole Lotta Love. Here’s a photo of it’s presentation to the group (and their manager Peter Grant on the left)… You’ll find more information on the award itself here in the Honor Music Awards collection. ____________________ Thinking […]

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Q. What Do Joe Cocker, Norman Greenbaum, & Daddy Dewdrop Have In Common?

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A. Disc Awards Ltd. Awards. The 1960’s through the 1980’s were magical times for the music business, and Discs Awards Ltd. in Los Angeles, became a go to In-House gold and platinum awards manufacturer. Their consistent, high-quality, beautiful style, became the workhorse for labels, artists, and management alike, because they allowed customized plate inscriptions, and could […]

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What Is “Moontan”?

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“Moontan” is the ninth album by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. It contains the hit single Radar Love and is the band’s most successful album in the United States, being the only Golden Earring album to be certified Gold by the RIAA (on September 20, 1974).  Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA Gold LP […]

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Three Famously Rare RIAA Walnut Plaques – Awarded To Tennesee Ernie Ford

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In the late 50’s and early 60’s Tennessee Ernie Ford was a huge star. The song Sixteen Tons (video) was his biggest hit, and he had four albums certified by the RIAA as million sellers. Below you see three of them in their Authentic, First-Presentation state as Walnut Plaques, the rarely seen RIAA format from 1958-1964… Spirituals […]

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Here’s an RIAA Gold LP Floater for Santa Esmeralda “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

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Santa Esmeralda, a U.S./French disco group released, the 1965 hit for The Animals, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, in October of 1977. Their version was certified RIAA gold on 6/8/78 and peaked at #25, becoming their only RIAA certified album. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA Gold Floater Award… The fingerprints […]

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If You Collect RIAA Awards From The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – There’s A Book You Must Have!

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“From Gene Autry to Zapp, Rick Astley to Zager & Evans, Anthrax to the Zombies (The Billboard Book of Gold and Platinum Records by Adam White contains) 1,000-plus recording artists whose music has been certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) between March 1958 and August 1989.” If you […]

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Kiss “Double Platinum” – 1978 – RIAA Platinum Floater

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The first Kiss compilation album, Double Platinum, was released on April 2, 1978. Six weeks later it became RIAA Gold and Platinum simultaneously on 5/16/78. This double album included many remixed versions of their hits, as well as “Strutter ’78”, a re-recorded version of a song from the group’s first album.  Here you see it honored with […]

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The Hollies – Influenced By Swamp Rock (CCR) – Earned Their First RIAA White Matte In 1972

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After many great songs, different line-ups, and with a nod to the rhythms of Creedence Clearwater Revival,  The Hollies released “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” in May of 1972. It was certified RIAA gold on 9/11/72 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, […]

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The “Pioneering Godfathers Of The Jam Band” – Received 4 RIAA LP White Mattes

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The Early 70’s were heady days for the Grateful Dead. Their concerts made them the “pioneering godfathers of the jam band” – Wikipedia, and their albums were certified RIAA gold. Here they are (with record executive Joe Smith) honored with one of their four RIAA White Matte LP’s… _________________ To share all things awards, please contact me […]

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