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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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
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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
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
Review: Documentary filmakers' memoir gives backstage peek at starsTribune-Review, May 2nd
Another lesson Kramer and Heeley learned along the way: Ask everyone about home movies and other memorabilia. People, studios and even major archives often didn't know or had simply ... And Hepburn recounts over lunch the time, while making “On Golden...Read more
Equatorial Guinea Vice President Forfeits Mansion to Save Michael Jackson ...artnet News, October 14th
where his title is "second vice president"—in order to keep his collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia. "Through relentless embezzlement and extortion, Vice President Nguema Obiang shamelessly looted his government and shook down businesses in ...Read more