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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Remember Eddie Cochran
Fillmore and Avalon Collection
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Michael Jackson Memorabilia
Source: Google News
Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival: Pupils delight festival fansStoke Sentinel, May 25th
music and memorabilia market. And Newcastle-under-Lyme School Big Band conductor, Anna Lamplough, praised the students – who entertained audiences with tunes by renowned artists such as Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5...Read more
Sixteen tips to get the most out of your garage sale – and 11 things you ...Christian Science Monitor, May 24th
That collection included the picture disc edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller. For years I thought it was gone and grieved for it... until Mom told me it had never sold and fished it out of a box in the basement. And there was much rejoicing. Though...Read more
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Readers want to know about Frank Sinatra Jr ...nwitimes.com, May 23rd
Readers Michael Consolatore, of Brentwood, N.Y. and Maureen Miller, of Highland, both asked the same question, regarding whether Frank Jr., 71, greets fans following his performances and signs memorabilia. Frank Jr. isn't always so accessible to fans, ...Read more
Steve Smith: Madonna breaks George Strait's Billboard chart record and more ...The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, May 20th
In a tweet with a video link, Janet Jackson confirmed what had been already on the rumor mill. ... Auctions of pop and rock star memorabilia are occurring with regularity these days because there are tons of buys out there. ... Among the recently...Read more
Guitar Played by George Harrison Sells for $485000Ultimate Classic Rock, May 18th
NME reports that the instrument in question, a Maton Mastersound guitar, was sold at auction May 15 as part of an array of rock-related items including a glove worn by Michael Jackson, a tank top worn by Madonna and Elvis Presley's wedding certificate...Read more
From the Vault: The Preakness StakesBaltimore Sun, May 14th
This Saturday will be the 140th running of the Preakness Race. Through all those years the second jewel in the Triple Crown has always been a big draw for crowds. Though the styles and fashion have changed through the years, the one constant has been ...Read more
Buy Taylor Swift's blouse, Beyoncé's crown with your tax returnNew York Post, May 12th
In years past, Julien's has fetched bank-busting prices for such pieces as the red jacket worn by Michael Jackson in the 1983 video for “Thriller,” which sold for $1.8 million in 2011. In 2014, a Rickenbacker guitar owned by Beatle George Harrison...Read more
Rock and pop memorabilia up for sale3News NZ, May 6th
Iconic memorabilia from music legends like Michael Jackson and the Beatles will be auctioned in New York this month. Items for sale include George Harrison's guitar, which is expected to go for as much as $500,000. He used the Mastersound guitar in...Read more