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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Both are experienced in working in the celebrity realm; Stone is a memorabilia curator with the Hard Rock Hotel, and Sparkhul's experience includes working with the new owner of Michael Jackson's last Las Vegas residence (known as Hacienda Palomino or ...Read more
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OAK STREET EXPRESS, 729 Oak St.: today, DJ Famous; Sunday, Jackson Vee; Tuesday, Jeff Lewis; Wednesday, Karaoke with Speaker Jam. PARKER HOUSE TAVERN, 12 ..... JAYCEES OVER THE YEARS: photos and memorabilia, on display through August, the Moonshine...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
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OAK STREET EXPRESS, 729 Oak St.: today, Jeff Lewis, DJ Dennis Sosa; Saturday, DJ Famous; Sunday, Jackson Vee; Tuesday, Jeff Lewis; Wednesday, Karaoke with Speaker Jam. ..... JAYCEES OVER THE YEARS: photos and memorabilia, on display through August, the...Read more
From electric chairs to sausage to booze parlor, Hard Rock has neighbors who ...Sioux City Journal, August 28th
Forget about memorabilia like Michael Jackson's dancing shoes or a 1980s era outfit from Mick Jagger. The weirdest thing about the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino may be its neighbors to the north. Along Fourth Street between Pearl and Water and across ...Read more
Birthday celebration honors the King of Pop in Garynwitimes.com, August 27th
Katherine Jackson presents the 5th annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts 2014 today through Saturday. The event, at the site of Michael Jackson's boyhood home, will feature a variety of live entertainment, vendors...Read more
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Held in conjunction with the Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts, this golf tournament featuring a shotgun-style tournament, a continental breakfast and dinner. ..... This exhibit takes a fond look back at the iconic, often innocent, images of...Read more
Curtain Calls: Plethora of performers bounce through 'Boeing'Contra Costa Times, August 27th
The series of stores (true fact) housing Babs' collection of costumes and memorabilia from her long career plays out on Andrew Boyce's cream-colored set. Showing his exceptional comedic ... A plethora of amazing performers play the hit groups from the...Read more