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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Phelps enters competition. Will Michael Phelps compete in the 2016 games? .... not giving up his #10. Roger Lodge and Tony Luftman discuss a tweet where Robert Griffin III told fans he was not going to give up his #10 to new teammate DeSean Jackson...Read more
Michael's Tribute To Charlie ChaplinMichael Jackson World Network, April 16th
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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoyDen Of Geek, April 15th
Nathan-Turner's office, unlike any other room in Threshold House opposite BBC TV Centre, was covered in photographs, it was also a distinctive bright red and full of cigarette smoke and piles of memorabilia. It was while pondering the casting of the...Read more
Strip Scribbles: Jermaine Jackson on 'Celebrity Wife Swap' and Amy Purdy on ...Las Vegas Blog (blog), April 15th
Andrew Tierney, who leads the group with his brother Michael & high school friends Phil Burton & Toby Allen, told me: “It's unbelievable, & we are so very proud. It's been an astonishing ride these past five years of time in Las Vegas. If we are to do...Read more
Written by Amber HermanGo Blue Ridge, April 15th
Thursday, April 24, will feature performances by artists including Alan Jackson, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Holly Williams, Scythian, The Duhks, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Josh Farrow and others. That afternoon, participants in Pete Wernick's...Read more
Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costsDanbury News Times, April 14th
FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Katherine Jackson poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif. A Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday April 14, 2014, that Katherine Jackson should pay more than $800,000 in legal costs to AEG Live LLC over...Read more