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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The little engines that could delight pull into AugustaPress Herald, March 29th
attracts train buffs young and old. By Michael Shepherd Kennebec Journal ... AUGUSTA — Jackson Small navigated a diesel train through a downtown cityscape on Saturday, passing police and gas stations and a pawnshop before heading through a tunnel...Read more
Not a Bang but a Whimper100Reporters, March 28th
But he will be forced to sell the 15,000-square-foot mansion, its guest and gate houses, its ocean-viewing pools and tennis court. (Oh, and the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO he parked there. And up to seven life-sized statues from Michael Jackson's Neverland...Read more
Things to Do in Connecticut, March 29 to April 4, 2015New York Times, March 27th
WEST HARTFORD Playhouse on Park Ray Harrington, Aaron David Ward and Mike Drena. April 3 at 8 p.m. $15. Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road. ... STAMFORD The Palace Theater “Magical Stories,” Mara McEwin and Roderick Jackson. March 29 at 3 p.m. $15. The...Read more
Things to Do in New Jersey, March 29 to April 4, 2015New York Times, March 26th
Continue reading the main story. LONG BRANCH New Jersey Repertory Company, Lumia Theater “The M Spot,” adult comedy by Michael Tucker. Through April 5. ... ASBURY PARK Where Music Lives “The Life and Times of Vini Lopez Exhibition,” a look back at the...Read more
What's the 411?The Philadelphia Tribune, March 26th
He also purchased Michael Jackson memorabilia. Now Jackson is due to be transferred to a halfway house to complete his sentence. Jackson's wife, Sandi, received 12 months for signing a false joint tax return. She stepped down from her position as a ...Read more
Former Congressman Jackson Arrives At Halfway HouseCBS Local, March 26th
According to court documents, the Jacksons made dozens of personal purchases using campaign funds, including: memorabilia autographed by Michael Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, and Bruce Lee; fur coats and capes; two stuffed and mounted elk heads; ...Read more
Jesse Jackson Jr. To Be Released From Federal Prison For Halway House ...International Business Times, March 24th
Among the items Jackson transferred three quarters of a million dollars from his campaign fund to buy were Michael Jackson memorabilia, a football signed by U.S. presidents and copious amounts of luxury goods like furs and jewelry, according to the New ...Read more
Michael Jackson Trivia Expands: 'Empire' And MemorabiliaThe Inquisitr, March 22nd
Michael Jackson trivia fans will be thrilled to learn that there is a new fact to add to their list. On top of that, new Michael Jackson memorabilia is up for sale, and the items have a raffle component. Although Michael Jackson news can often contain...Read more