Isley Brothers “Fight The Power” – The Tale Of Two RIAA Gold Singles – What’s Up here?

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…

islebrothcomparisonFislebrothcomparison-001And 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…islebrothcomparisonF-001islebrothcomparisonF-003Brittany 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).

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