Michael Joseph Jackson first set foot on the American pop-music stage in 1969, when, at the tender age of 11, he was the front man (or child) for the Jackson 5. A solo career followed in 1971, culminating in 1982 with the world’s best-selling record of all time, Thriller. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Throughout his career, Michael Jackson collectibles gave fans a chance to connect with their hero. Buttons and pinbacks promoting albums like Thriller and Bad are some of the most affordable collectibles, with lapel pins being only a modest step up in cost.
For vinyl record hounds, Jackson records of note include the 45s of his first recording with the Jackson 5, a tune called “Big Boy,” with “You’ve Changed” on the B-side. Other 45s of note include his 1972 hit for the movie “Ben” and the 1983 collaboration with former Beatle Paul McCartney titled “Say Say Say.” Also collectible are sealed LPs of Off the Wall and Thriller.
Jackson’s image was perhaps the most prized items for loyal Jackson fans. In 1984, the sports-card company Topps produced Michael Jackson trading cards, as did O-Pee-Chee. In 1986, Disney put Jackson’s image on Captain EO watches, buttons, plush toys, and other items to celebrate the opening at Disneyland of the Francis Ford Coppola directed and George Lucas produced 3-D film of the same name—Captain EO ran at various Disney parks between 1986 until 1998.
Dolls and action figures were another big Jackson collectible category, particularly the Thriller dolls from the mid-1980s.
Signed photographs can be problematic as collectibles because they are so easy to forge, but there are plenty of them out there, including charming 8x10 black-and-whites from the King of Pop’s early days as the lead singer for the Jackson 5.
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Nate D. Sanders Auction House. Michael Jackson's birthday is Aug. 29, so why not gift yourself with a piece of M.J. memorabilia in celebration? If you have some spare cash lying around, you may be interested in one of Jackson's white, studded gloves up...Read more
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Michael Jackson's white glove for sale at auctionNME.com, July 28th
Similar pieces of Jackson memorabilia have attracted considerably larger sums in the past. As The Guardian reports, a glove worn while Jackson debuted the Moonwalk sold for $350,000 (£225,000) in 2009. NME Getty Meanwhile, it was recently revealed ...Read more
Michael Jackson's white glove to be auctioned for $20000The Guardian, July 27th
The artist's paintings for Jackson featured historical figures – Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Albert Einstein and ET – sporting the glove. Paul Bedard's picture for Michael Jackson. Photograph: Supplied. During his reign as King of Pop, Jackson...Read more
How Much?! Top 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Clothing Memorabilia AuctionsPopdust, July 27th
The iconic jacket worn by The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson made it's first appearance in the Thriller video in 1983. The red and black calfskin jacket was designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (wife of Thriller director John Landis) and became so iconic ...Read more
Michael Jackson Almost Played the Worst Character in the 'Star Wars' PrequelsMic, July 24th
Michael Jackson loved Star Wars. His Neverland ranch was filled with memorabilia from the film, including life-size Darth Vader and Boba Fett statues. But Jackson took his love further. He wanted to star in one of the films, and he almost did, playing...Read more
Jesse Jackson, Jr. Free Again to Buy Michael Jackson Memorabilia, Do Naked KarateAmerican Spectator (blog), June 23rd
He may have stolen three quarters of a million dollars from his campaign donors, and then wasted it on fur parkas and fake Michael Jackson memorabilia and Eddie Van Halen guitars, but after 17 months, shared between an Alabama prison and a Baltimore ...Read more