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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In later years, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Madonna and Pearl Jam. The Rolling Stones came in 1965, although be skeptical ... It has a gallery with memorabilia and artifacts charting the building's history. Programs, jerseys, championship banners. A...Read more
Photos and video: Farewell to Mr. CubChicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog), January 31st
Photos by Michael Schmidt and James Foster. Pallbearers come out of the Fourth Presbyterian Church Saturday ... Former Cub, Billy Williams (left) and Reggie Jackson talk just before the service. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times. Joe Torre remembers Ernie at...Read more
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens to large crowdThe Record-Courier, January 29th
There's also no shortage of rock 'n' roll memorabilia. Guitars and clothing perched behind glass-covered cases share associations with the likes of Buddy Holly, the Sex Pistols, James Brown, Velvet Revolver, Sammy Hagar, Lenny Kravitz and more. Nods to ...Read more
Travel tips, bargains and stories with Kim SwidlerAlbany Times Union (blog), January 29th
This collection is said to represent memorabilia from 1950 to the 1980?s and will include historical documents and personalized handcrafted items made by the Legendary Walt Disney. ... The massive collection also includes a Michael Jackson original...Read more
Ranch where Michael Jackson recorded to auction pianos, artCTV News, January 23rd
More than 400 lots are part of Saturday's auction in Denver of items from Caribou Ranch, where stars like Michael Jackson and Elton John recorded in a converted barn and relaxed in cabins named for Native American chiefs. Producer James Guercio turned...Read more
Africa Cup of Nations hosted by country called land of 'extortion'Gant Daily, January 16th
There's the $2 million he's splashed out on Michael Jackson memorabilia and then there's the financial dealings he's had with Italian businessman Roberto Berardi. That's a deal that has come at some cost to Berardi who, as you read this, is in a jail...Read more
Caribou Ranch Music Memorabilia For Sale At Auction On Jan. 24CBS Local, January 15th
DENVER (CBS4) - Interested in noodling on the piano Elton John used to write “Philadelphia Freedom” and “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me”? What about owning the same red three-wheeler Michael Jackson rode for a photo shoot in 1984? Or how about ...Read more
Michael Jackson's History Tour Glove & More Collectibles Up for AuctionBroadway World, January 6th
If you have an interest in collecting Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, The Beatles or other types of collectibles you may want to check out the auction being held by The Memorabilia Vault at www.thememorabiliavault.com. Its been several...Read more