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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Go Guide for Sept. 18-24Ocala, September 18th
p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Exhibits feature Indian artifacts, fossils, wildlife and historic memorabilia. .... MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: Michael Firestone, Circle Square Cultural Center, 7 p.m.; doors open 6 p.m., 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. $24-$28...Read more
Sixty years on, the strange life of Guinness World RecordsTelegraph.co.uk, September 18th
The walls are lined with images of record breakers - Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Richard Branson, Chris "the Duchess" Walton and her 3.62-metre fingernails - each photographed in the act of receiving a framed piece of paper certifying their extremity...Read more
Michael Jackson's family treasures are going up for auction.NZ City, September 16th
2009 - and his family have been put up for sale by a company named Vintage Associates, who obtained the property from a major collector of Michael Jackson memorabilia, who has been dec lared bankrupt, the New York Daily News newspaper reports...Read more
MJ Memorabilia Auction For CharityMichael Jackson World Network, September 14th
Amongst the special items for sale are a glove worn by Michael on his 1997 Australian tour, a Michael Jackson 'Black Or White' singing doll in its original autographed presentation box, a signed black and white photograph depicting Michael Jackson with ...Read more
Michael Jackson, Jackson family treasures — and sex toys — going up for auctionNew York Daily News, September 11th
Vintage obtained the property from one of its creditors, Henry Vaccaro, a major collector of Michael Jackson memorabilia, according to court records. Siegel said the property has been sitting in a storage locker for decades. Some of the goods are being...Read more
Former Kingston resident auctions off rare memorabilia from Lady Gaga, Michael ...Surrey Comet, September 3rd
Michael Jackson's glove, Marilyn Monroe's blue jeans and albums from The Beatles, Queen and David Bowie, all signed by the artists themselves. These are just some of the rare collectors' items now available to buy online thanks to former Kingston...Read more
The Memorabilia Vault Auction Michael's ArtworkMichael Jackson World Network, September 3rd
The Memorabilia Vault, an online auction source for all types of autographs and memorabilia, have currently on offer some Art work created by Michael, which they would like to share with MJ fans. It is common knowledge amongst his fans that Michael ...Read more
Remember The Time: Quincy Jones Shares His Memories Of Michael JacksonVH1 (blog), August 29th
VH1 salutes the musical genius of Michael Jackson and celebrates his birthday with not only these heartfelt reflections from Quincy Jones, but also with exclusive images from the Hard Rock International archives of rare MJ memorabilia. Head up to the...Read more