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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Wayne Nesmoe, 61
Jackson County Pilot, February 27th

Wayne liked going to flea markets and auctions in search of the items he loved to collect: John Deere toy tractors, Coca-Cola memorabilia and Red Wing Crocks. Wayne had great love for his family, ... Wayne is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kim; his...Read more

Hard Rock Cafe: We'll stay open if Taj bankruptcy plan OK'd
Press of Atlantic City, February 27th

Hard Rock opened in the Taj Mahal in November 1996 amid great fanfare over its hallmark rock memorabilia — red leather shoes worn by Michael Jackson, a black leather vest worn by Steppenwolf's John Kay, and Mick Jagger's studded vest. Carrying the ...Read more

AC Hard Rock Cafe: We'll stay open if Taj bankruptcy plan OK'd
Press of Atlantic City, February 26th

Hard Rock opened in the Taj Mahal in November 1996 amid great fanfare over its hallmark rock memorabilia — red leather shoes worn by Michael Jackson, a black leather vest worn by Steppenwolf's John Kay, and Mick Jagger's studded vest. Carrying the ...Read more

Atlantic City's Hard Rock Cafe: We'll stay open if Taj bankruptcy plan OK'd
Press of Atlantic City, February 26th

The Hard Rock Café in Atlantic City opened in the Taj in November of 1996 with fanfare and its hallmark rock memorabilia—red leather shoes worn by Michael Jackson, a black leather vest worn by Steppenwolf's John Kay, and Mick Jagger's studded vest...Read more

CT Weekend Offers Plenty of Spring-Inspired Fun
Hartford Courant, February 26th

Or you can turn up the heat with some Michael Jackson music on Saturday. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will be performing “The Music of Michael Jackson” on Saturday, Feb. 28 with special guest and Jackson entertainer, James Delisco. For more ...Read more

Rare Disneyland memorabilia to be auctioned in 'The Story of Disneyland ...
Daily Mail, February 24th

High bids are also expected on a Tiki bird from the enchanted Tiki Room (valued at $20,000 to $25,000 or £13,000 to £16,000) and a Michael Jackson artwork from the Captain EO attraction (estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 or £26,000 to £39,000). Some of ...Read more

The strangest sports memorabilia ever sold
SFGate, February 22nd

There's no question that people are willing to buy anything related to their favorite celebrities — a quick eBay search for Michael Jackson memorabilia will give you a sense of that. Recently, Rich Bruno joined the ranks of weird memorabilia owners by ...Read more

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch 'could be turned into a rehab centre for ...
Mirror.co.uk, February 1st

One of the bidders reportedly boasts a large collection of Jackson memorabilia including sequinned gloves and white socks. “We know of two bids, one with multiple partners, who want to make it a shrine to Michael Jackson, a Graceland-type thing,” said...Read more