If you’re reading this email I know you’re interested in record awards. I bet you have, or have seen, quite a few. Me too. But here’s something I’ve never seen before (put it in the category of awards trivia). A few weeks ago I posted an RIAA Isley Brothers gold award for one million sales for Fight the Power, but I also have a gold award for sales of 500,000. According to reader Brittany, “a RIAA 45 award in the floater era goes for 1 Million Sales and Platinum for 2 Million Sales. The 500,000 Plate shouldn’t exist and is a mistake which is why he was probably re-issued one with the correct plate.”
Here’s the award I posted certified for more than one million copies, made by authorized award manufacturer New York Frame & Picture Co…
And here’s the award (First-State with condition issue) certified for the sale of more than 500,000 copies, manufactured by authorized awards manufacturer Creative Glassics…Brittany also said that “the frame on the one with 500,000 copies is the earliest Glassics frame with the bright gold paint that was only used for less than 1 year when they opened shop. They botched the Award job so the record label gave it to NY Picture frame to make the correct award and re-send to the recipients.”
While the early RIAA formats are pretty consistent, there certainly have been some oddities. I thought collectors might want to see one (and share a little awards trivia).