Floaters (1975-1981)

Pointer Sisters “Energy” – Gold RIAA Floater Award – Thoughts On Condition And Value

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Is a restored award worth more or less than an award in unopened, “First-State” condition?The award you see here for the Pointer Sisters Energy is nearly thirty-five years old, and it’s in relatively good shape. With the exception of the label fallen off the disc. There are certainly examples of awards from the 60’s, 70’s […]

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Village People “Macho Man” – 1978 #24 Album – RIAA “Floater” – Gold Record Award

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RIAA “White Matte” awards celebrate music from 1964 to 1975, including the British invasion, singer songwriters, and the music of San Francisco. RIAA “Floaters” celebrate the music from 1975 to 1981 including soft rock, arena rock, and or course the heavy beat, dance all night, Disco! Perhaps the group most identified with the Disco years […]

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“Bootsy” Collins “Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!” – 1977 # 16 Album – RIAA Gold Floater – Record Award

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 Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy Baby! was released January 1977, certified RIAA Gold 4/13/77, and peaked on Billboard at #16, and #1 on the R&B charts. Here it is celebrated with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA “Floater” format gold record.William Bootsy Collins rose to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with […]

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Kiss “Beth” – 1977 #7 Single – RIAA Floater – Gold Record Award

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Kiss has dozens of gold and platinum awards from around the world. Beth, was their first single to reach RIAA gold status in the United States. Released in August 1976, certified gold on 1/5/77, it reached a peak Billboard chart position of #7. Here you see an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA “Floater” that celebrates […]

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England Dan & John Ford Coley “I’d Really Like To See You Tonight” – 1976 #2 Single – RIAA Floater – Gold Record Award

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The RIAA certified format from 1975-1981 was the “Floater”. Called that because the disc and presentation plate seemed to “float” off the black matte. It was also the first format to recognize platinum sales and saw the addition of a second award manufacturer Creative Glassics (in addition to New York Frame & Picture Co.). England […]

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Pointer Sisters “Black and White” – 1981 #12 Album – RIAA Floater – Gold Record Award w/Condition Issues

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From time to time collectors see awards with the disc fallen off its mounting, like the one below. The culprit is usually a bump, a drop, or the loosening of the adhesive over time. Here we see the condition issue on an RIAA “Floater” celebrating the Pointer Sister’s Black and White album. Released in June […]

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REO Speedwagon “Live/Your Get What You Play For” – 1977 Album – RIAA Floater – Gold LP Award

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REO Speedwagon got together in the 60’s, through member changes and a few albums they found their footing in the 70’s, and in the 80’s they topped the charts. An album from the 70’s is what we celebrate here, their first live album, Live: You Get What You Play For, which was released in July, 1977, […]

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Steve Martin “Let’s Get Small” – 1977/1978 #10 Album – RIAA LP Floaters – Gold/Platinum Record Awards

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Before comedy clubs, and HBO specials, comedy albums were the medium for comedians to share their humor. Funny topped the Billboard charts, with the likes of Mel Brooks and Carl Riener (2000 year old man), Bob Newhart, and Bill Cosby. The tradition continued in the 70’s with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Steve Martin.  Steve’s […]

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Eagles “Hotel California” – 1976 #1 Album – RIAA Floater – Platinum Record Award

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The Eagles reached their commercial, and some would say artistic, peak with their fifth studio album Hotel California. Released in December of 1976, it was certified both RIAA gold and platinum on the same day (12/13/76), and would go on to sell over 32 million copies worldwide.This platinum RIAA “Floater” is an Authentic, First Presentation, […]

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Blues Brothers – A Saturday Night Live Sketch: Turned Into A 1979 #1 Album (And Blockbuster Movie!)

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Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were two original cast members of Saturday Night Live. They founded The Blues Brothers in 1978 as part of a musical sketch, and their impact and success increased with the release of “Briefcase Full Of Blues” in December of 1978. It was certified RIAA platinum in January 1979 and reached […]

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Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” … RIAA Floater Vs. In House Floater

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RIAA and In House awards are both collectible, with RIAA awards considered more valuable. But other than the RIAA logo, they can look very similar. For example… Here’s an In House Fleetwood Mac Rumours Platinum Floater (1977)…Here’s an RIAA Fleetwood Mac Rumours Platinum Floater (1977)…Here’s the In House presentation plate… Here’s the RIAA presentation plate…

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Midnight Star – Gold & Platinum RIAA LP Floater Oddities – “No Parking On The Dance Floor”

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Here’s a delicious detail, and perhaps forgotten history, of RIAA gold records… Usually these posts start with a picture of the awards, a short introduction to the artist, or the release and certification dates. This post is different. While we will celebrate Midnight Star, we take a look at a RIAA Floater like format that […]

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Prince “I Wanna Be Your Lover” 1980 RIAA Gold 45 Floater Record Award

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“I Wanna Be Your Lover” was Prince’s first RIAA certified single. Released in August of 1979, certified on March 18, 1980, it reached a peak Billboard chart position of #11.

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